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Today’s photo is a bit of a cheat, since it’s not a place Russell actually enters in the story, although it is mentioned. She is following a trio of English women through the medina, one of whom is named Ivy:

Then Ivy noticed that the object brushing her shoulder was the lower lip of a camel’s skinned head, hanging before a butcher’s shop. The doorbell-clock was instantly forgotten, and the guide made haste to lead them towards a nearby madrassa—here it was pronounced madersa—that was open to English ladies. As they went past him, he shot me a hard glance. From here on out, following them would require a great deal more effort.

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  1. Tiffany on July 11, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Oh wow–that’s gorgeous!!

  2. Katie on July 11, 2012 at 4:21 am

    That sounds like Morocco! I’ve only been to Marrakesh but I’m excited to visit some of the other cities, especially through the eyes of the fantastic Mary Russell! I am very excited for September and Garment of Shadows!

  3. Ipstenu on July 11, 2012 at 4:34 am

    That’s just downright beautiful. And reminds me I have to get a new copy of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Mine’s falling apart.

  4. Kerry on July 11, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Love the patina of age and the reminder of just how long ago someone created such beauty.

  5. Jan Pruitt on July 11, 2012 at 5:40 am

    My knowledge of this culture is limited, but I’m assuming that, as a woman, Russell will face some challenges in navigating it that Holmes would not.

  6. Rachel H. on July 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Echoes of Granada, for me. That sort of tile-work is out of this world impressive.

  7. Anoush on July 11, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I love learning about new places through the travels in Russell’s stories.

  8. Iscah on July 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

    The intricacy of the work is stunning. It really captures that for the makers, a love of beauty was a love of God.

  9. Kathy on July 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

    “the lower lip of a camel’s skinned head” ugh. nice description. I guess if I was that guide I’d be hastily moving those English ladies into a beautiful building too! “forget about the floppy lower lip of that unfortunate formerly hairy beast..let me draw your attention to these beautiful 3rd century tiles!”

  10. Profin on July 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

    So eager! hope there is a way to get the US release also over here at Europe (and preferably non-Amazon)

  11. Laura Kennedy on July 11, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I want to go there! Right inside those doors…

  12. Maris on July 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Cannot wait for the book! Morocco is high on my list of places to visit- I covered Istanbul this year, and imagine similarities between the two, but one will never act as a substitute for the other!

  13. Anne Tierney on July 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I would some day love to see the tiles and arabesques of a place like morocco, but in the meantime I’ll see them through Mary Russell”s eyes.

  14. Theresa on July 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    What a stunning doorway!

  15. Laura on July 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I would love to have an ARC! Can hardly wait for Garment of Shadows and the further adventures. 🙂

  16. peggy ann on July 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    The carving on the door is lovely and combined with the tile work makes a wonderful facade. How many stories is the building? I can’t wait until the new book comes out!

  17. Elizabeth on July 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I love how intricate the patterns are. So pretty!

  18. Erica Ruth on July 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I was musing as well–will Morocco prove a place where Mary will have a difficult time navigating as a woman? The photo is beautiful. I love the mosaics.

  19. Jessica on July 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

    What a gorgeous place. I am eagerly awaiting this new Russell book, and hopefully meeting you at Bouchercon. The “Cleve” is a great place, and there are many spectacular places to see, though not anywhere near as old as Morocco.

  20. mamajoan on July 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Great photo! Really looking forward to the book. 🙂

  21. Anjeanette on July 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Can’t wait to read the next Mary Russell book! They are full of wonder and delight!

  22. Christina on July 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Getting another friend hooked on the Russell series, I read the beginning of Beekeeper’s Apprentice to her and she’s excited!

  23. Susan Gainen on July 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I am a particular fan of the tile work in the picture, and would, in fact, have those designs all over my house if it weren’t otherwise full of other artwork.

  24. Terry P on July 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I was watching a show about how when we imagine things, it sets off the same neurons in our brains as if we are actually doing the thing ourselves. While most of us will never see the worlds that Holmes and Russell explore, they fire up our imaginations and make our lives a far more interesting place. I never wanted to go there… and now I do. When we see places and people through the eyes of the characters, they are real to us in a way that they are not real when we look at them from the outside, say on a television show.

  25. Kristy Kichinko on July 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

    What a lovely photo! I absolutely cannot wait to read Garment of Shadows.

  26. Elise on July 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I’m loving all the wonderful pictures! They’re really getting me excited for the book, and I’ll have some nice images in mind for when I read it! So excited!

  27. Morgan on July 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    September can’t come fast enough, I’m so excited to read Russel’s latest adventure!

  28. Morgan on July 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

    …Russell with TWO ‘l’s, of course

  29. Sheila Gay on July 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’m reading my way through Mary’s adventures/travels/escapades with Holmes chronologically, so trying to shield my eyes from these tantalising glimpses……. but it’s oh so hard to resist!

  30. Susan Morrison on July 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Gorgeous arabesque work

  31. Vero A. on July 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

    SO looking forward to enjoying Mary’s adventures in Morocco. I’d be happy if there were a new Russell story every month!!!

  32. Sue Thompson on July 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Tantalising! You’re standing in front of an open doorway, but the portal is dark. That’s stirring the imagination!

  33. Shannon on July 11, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I can’t wait to read Garment of Shadows and read more about all these places! I’d love to win a copy so I can start reading even earlier.

  34. Jane Steen on July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Love those beautiful tiles.

  35. Carol Schneck Varner on July 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    It’s so nice to have some visuals to go with the story. I can’t wait to read this one!

  36. Sandy K on July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’ve been to Morocco, though not Marrakesh. Still, a souk is a souk, and reading the clips reminded me of the heat, the sounds and the smells, some of them wonderfully spicy.

  37. Della on July 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Having the PDF is such a tease… I’m salivating at the chance to have an ARC. In the meantime, I’m loving the pinterest board that helps illustrate the setting. Pictures, as they say, are worth a thousand words, even words as well-wrought as Mary’s. 🙂

  38. Libby Dodd on July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I ration out your books. I think I might get seriously ill or mentally devastated were I to not have one still to read! (Not depending upon the timeliness of publishing for conveniently timed new books)

  39. Tom Varela on July 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    “Get cracking”? By Holmes, is that an Americanism? Thanks for doing what you do, MRH and LRK.

  40. Marjorie on July 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I would be singlarly delighted to receive an ARC of the latest Mary Russell adventure! I’ve been keen to excite my friends and family in this wicked series of intrique!! I’ve not yet been able to purchase all of the books, as I’ve been reading them through my local library, which is why this giveaway is such an exciting thing for us all! I’d be plumb ticked with glee to win! I enjoy your newsletters by email and am happy to report that my dear Mum, after hearing all my love for the series, is now interested in reading through *ALL* the books leading up to Garment of Shadows’ release!! Eek. The game IS afoot! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Bless you for giving us some memerable characters and such riveting reads!! May the muse be with you always, as you delight and enchant your readers with your prose! 🙂

  41. Sara on July 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful mosaics! No wonder the city was so inspirational.

  42. Johanna on July 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    So excited to read it soon!

  43. tmgray on July 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    As I said on FB as well, it’s a stunning photo and it makes me want to read the book…while adventuring!

  44. Elizabeth Pitre on July 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    The architeture is amazing; the detail on the walls is absolutely wonderous, I have never seen a structure like this. I also admire the doors and their design; I can imagine walking through those doors back when it was first build, people all around and the markets of Morocco bustling with a plethora of people,filled with rich,exotic smells. I cannot wait to see how Morocco is portrayed in the eyes of Mary Russell, I can already tell that this book is going to be a great one!

  45. Tasha on July 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I can’t believe we’re weeks away from another Russell and Holmes adventure! Thank you for another opportunity to win an ARC.

  46. Tina Torres on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    This is such a gorgeous place. It’s intricate patterns look absolutely stunning, and its no wonder why Laura would want to have such a place as a setting for her book. Entirely amazing, and it takes my breath away just looking at it. I’m sure the way Mary Russell will potray this place will make me, and other readers, feel like we are actually there- smelling, feeling, and seeing what Mary Russell is. I can just imagine being in Fez, the heart and soul of Morocco.

  47. LauraS on July 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Beautiful building and mosaics. I can’t wait to read the book…

  48. Laurie W. D. on July 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I’m already hooked on your new novel. (Luckily not in the same manner as the previously mentioned camel.) Looking forward to September and an enjoyable time escaping to M.R. and S.H. world. Thank you for gripping writing.

  49. Shaina Phillips on July 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Oooh very gorgeous photo! I’m really excited for this book! I ADORED “O Jerusalem” and “The Game” for their beautiful and immersive settings, and I’m sure this one will be just as lovely!

  50. Judy Westmoreland on July 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love the beautiful doors.

  51. C Clarke on July 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Looking forward to the latest installment in the adventures of Russell and Holmes. The perfect excuse for tea and scones.

  52. Gail Youngblood on July 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve read the posted chapter and am so looking forward to the book. Great photo! I can see that one motivation for writing about certain locations would be the great need to visit them…..

  53. Katie on July 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely loved the second excerpt! Can’t wait to read the rest!!

  54. Anne Lape on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    That mosaic work is just beautiful. I can’t wait to visit Morocco with Russell and Holmes.

  55. Kelley on July 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Wow! That’s gorgeous! I love the detailed tiles and the raised pattern on the doors-and that there are small doors in the larger doors for easier access 🙂 Hmmm, I wonder how much they weigh…

  56. M.K. Fauble on July 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve never been much of one for travel but, goodness, all the MR and SH books transport me, make me want to go to such exotic places. Love love love them. Thank you for being so amazing!

  57. Kath on July 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I’ve alreday pre-ordered Garment of Shadows for my Nook to read on the plane to Amesterdam (12 hours from Seattle) …the only problem I foresee is Garment of Shadows comes out 5 days before I leave…..I may need a back-up plan.

  58. Michelle Tabb on July 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Loving your blog and the Pinterest posts! Will be in Paris when the book releases – I live in Nashville. Will download it from there! However, would so love to win an ARC and read it on the plane! Thank you for the sneak peeks!

  59. Jean Weidner on July 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Love the photo. Can’t wait to read the book. I drool over exotic settings, and would love to visit all these wonderful places before I leave this earth. Now, it will have to be through books like yours.

  60. byron on July 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    goodness, a camel head?

  61. Cole J. on July 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    It was two years ago when I first read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and fell in love. My mom had been recommending it for awhile and was able to pass a copy onto me during a vacation in Vancouver, British Columbia. For two days I read it at every opportunity- at night before going to sleep, in the morning as soon as I woke up, on my way to places (whether walking -slightly risky- or on a bus), and so on. As soon as I came home to Philly I powered my way through the rest of the series, plenty happen there were many to go through.

    Unnecessary to say, but I am looking forward to reading Garment of Shadows and am particularly appreciative of the beautiful cover.

  62. Stacie on July 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Wow! Never been to Morocco, but I look forward to exploring it through Garment of Shadows. 🙂

  63. Kim Horner on July 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

    So in this installment of Garment, Russell is Shadowing three English ladies. Love the series.

  64. Beth Kanell on July 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

    My favorite part of the Russell series is the carefully tuned language — not only do we readers receive marvelous descriptions, but they are in harmony with the period. Thank you for keeping us focused within the narrative!

  65. Jessica Sage on July 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Awww, can’t wait for GofS – loving the photos too, they’re great teasers.

  66. Libby Dodd on July 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I’m shameless–I’d LOVE a copy of the book!!!

  67. Carol m on July 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

    This is a great series! I’m so glad there is another book for me to read!

  68. Sandra W on July 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I just read the first two excerpts of Garment of Shadows. I am already captivated. Love the intriguing name. Love the hauntingly beautiful cover. Morocco…..a treasure for the senses.

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