Locked Rooms

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Series: Russell & Holmes #8
Published by: Bantam Books
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 432


En route to San Francisco to settle her family's estate, Mary Russell, in the company of husband Sherlock Holmes, falls prey to troubling dreams—and even more troubling behavior. In 1906, when Mary was six, the city was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake. For years Mary has insisted she lived elsewhere at the time. But Holmes knows better.

Soon it is clear that whatever unpleasantness Mary wanted to forget hasn't forgotten her. A series of mysterious deaths leads Russell and Holmes from the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent's marriage and the tragic "accident" that Mary alone survived. What Russell discovers is that even a forgotten past never dies . . . and it can kill again.


"A humdinger…"
Kirkus  (Locked Rooms received stars from all four pre-publication journals)

"King makes full use of her considerable skills at probing the dark of the human psyche in this utterly mesmerizing tale of Mary Russell’s trip back to the San Francisco of her parents with her husband, Sherlock Holmes."

"Locked Rooms brims with lively 1920s color and verve, some of it in the warrens of San Francisco’s Chinatown. It also gives an excellent supporting role to a gent named Dashiell Hammett, part-time detective and aspiring writer."
Seattle Times


Read Laurie’s thoughts on writing Locked Rooms on her blog

Historical San Francisco is seen at the Virtual Museum of SF, the San Francisco History Association, and the California Historical Society

The 1906 quake and fire

The cable cars have some great sites, such as this and this

Download Laurie’s San Francisco Old and New

Laurie’s family in 1906 (pdf)

Blending in San Francisco’s earthquake

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire:

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from Red Channels on Vimeo.

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