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Series: Russell & Holmes #6
Published by: Bantam Books
Release Date: 2009
Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one murky riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door . . . literally.
It’s a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it’s not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est: “Righteousness is my strength.”
A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer—or has the murderer caught them?
Chosen by Anna Quindlen as a Today Show summer reading pick
"Justice Hall opens on a deliciously dark and dreary night. Holmes and Russell have just returned to their snug seaside cottage after yet another hair-raising case, when a pounding at the door interrupts their fireside stupor. The frantic visitor is Ali [Hazr, from O Jerusalem]. Except that Ali turns out to have been masquerading all those years ago in the desert."
"From the opening knock on their door by a wounded visitor to the satisfying denouement, King has again crafted a sterling story."
Read Laurie’s thoughts on writing Justice Hall on her blog, Mutterings.