It's been three years, since Ms King's last "Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes" novel, and I had been worried that there might not be more. That worry, like any worry, was useless. Ms King came back with one of the best of the series. Her writing style dovetails so well with Conan Doyle, yet updates it to the later era. Her feel for the 1920's is so good, that you really feel like "You Are There"(for those of you old enough to remember the Cronkite series). BTW, if you enjoy the "Russell" series, for the depiction of the era, you should read her "Harris Stuyvesant" series, set in Europe, in the same era, about an American ex-FBI agent. It's very good also. Anyway, this book, with the usual plot twists, great characters, and excellent pace, might just tempt you to stay up until you finish it. Without giving away anything, it includes ocean ... read more travel, blackmail, the emperor of Japan, rural Japanese life, and ninjas. The last item alone should be enough to pique your curiosity. If you've read the rest of the series, check this out as soon as possible. If not, shame on you! No, seriously, go and get "The Beekeeper's Apprentice", which is the first of the series. You won't regret it.