Eight weeks until Garment of Shadows!

That’s right, the countdown has begun, the newsletter is going out, the contests are continuing, and people are champing at bits. Are you one of them? Well, stop please, it’s hard on your teeth. Instead, why don’t you post a comment here? If you do that, you might be one of the lucky few able to read the story early, because by commenting here, over the next ten days, you’ll be magically entered into that day’s Mutterings drawing for a Garment of Shadows ARC.

In the meantime, it’s only fair to give you something on which to comment. So to get you started, here’s Mary Russell, looking out the window of a tiny room where she’s awoken in a state of confusion:

I lifted a hand to shade my eyes, and squinted at the view: a dirty, cobbled lane far too narrow for any motorcar. One could have passed an object between opposing windows—had there been windows. I saw only one, higher even than mine, tiny and tightly shuttered. I could see two entranceways off this diminutive alley: One had been painted with brightly coloured arabesques, long ago, and comprised a small door inside a larger one, as if the carpenter had learned his craft on castles and cathedrals. The door across from it was a single rectangle, black wood heavily studded with rusting iron circles the size of my thumb-nail. Around them, grubby whitewash, a fringe of grass on the rooflines, chunks of plaster flaking from walls that bulged and slumped. In one place, wooden braces thirty feet from the ground kept two buildings from collapsing into each other.

Now, go add a comment, to get your chance at winning today’s ARC.

To read more Garment of Shadows, go here.

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  1. Christina says:

    I’m looking forward to getting lost with Russell – she’s become a cherished friend living in an alternate reality. Even my vocabulary has improved (or grown more arcane and British, depeding on one’s point of view) since I met her.

  2. I always look forward to your new book AND I’ve always dreamed of traveling to
    Morocco – what a perfect combination!

  3. Merrily Taylor says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of reading the ARC of GARM and it is outstanding – I think people are going to love it. In spirit it reminded me of OJER, one of my favorite books in the series.

  4. MaryjoO says:

    What a fabulous photo! Just read the two excerpts(thanks) and now am intrigued about the “small thing” Mary had in her hand before she left camp … And I can smell the coffee, too!

  5. Jane Halsall says:

    I have shared Mary Russell with my mother finally (85) and she said: “I like those books. I always feel like I’m smarter after I have read them.” So for my poor dear mother’s sake (and mine), please send me an ARC so I can be Most Favored Daughter.


  6. Linette W says:

    A new Russell/Holmes book is for me one of those events in my life meant to be savoured. First I will gaze admiringly at the cover, run my hands over it’s smoothness, appreciate the clean crisp pages and the new book smell – all while running through my mind exactly where and when I will sit down and finally open it’s pages and begin to read.

  7. Erica Ruth says:

    I have devoured this entire series in the last month, and I cannot wait for the next one!!

  8. So very excited to see more from this stupendous series!

  9. Can’t wait for Garment of Shadows, my mother, my daughter, & I all love to read this series!

  10. Ashley W says:

    I’m re-reading Pirate King right now. It’s a lovely book for the summer, especially during the east coast heat wave!

  11. Christina says:

    Just read the online excerpt – poor Russell! What has she gotten herself into this time?

  12. Margaret W. says:

    I have pre-ordered the hard copy of Garment of Shadows but am really anxious to get the audio version. Will that be available at the same time?
    So far I have every Martinelli and Russel Holmes book in both print and audio. At the moment I am enjoying Folly on CD all over again. I had forgotten how beautiful is the language, beautifully read by Frank Muller.

  13. Sherry P. says:

    I love the places that Russell & Holmes take us too. Thank you for opening up a world and showing us the beauty and mystery of many places most of us can’t or aren’t able to travel too.

  14. I keep waiting for an adventure in which Russell and Holmes encounter an honest, clever and creative journalist, so that I can introduce my journalism students to him or her, as well as Russell and Holmes. Alas, I’m afraid reading Garment of Shadows may have to wait until Christmas Break, since publication will be at the busy start of the semester. AS for honest, clever, creative journalists — even during a time period when such might be rare, Russell and Homes (if anyone) could find one.

  15. Meredith Taylor says:

    I rambled onto the Random House site and found Three Whole Chapters. It was REALLY hard to quit there! I can see why people are losing sleep over this one! best to all//Meredith

  16. I look forward to each new book! We are moving next Monday and this past weekend, I packed my Laurie R. King books (shelved with my ancient collected Sherlock Holmes stories, of course).

  17. Leslie Lambert says:

    So looking forward to Garment of Shadows — i have been reading the Conan Doyle stories again after a very long time and it only makes me more anxious to have more of Russell and Holmes!

  18. Judy Westmoreland says:

    I can’t wait for the book to come out. The game is almost afoot.

  19. Madonna Smith says:

    Russell is such a treat and Holmes is always a good read; can’t wait for another thumping good read. Thanks for crafting them.

  20. I’ve lured my sweetheart into this series. Wouldn’t out be lovely if he bought the newest for me?
    But I’d rather have the ARC!

  21. Kathryn says:

    I adore the Mary Russell series and I adore Moroccan architecture, glassware, textiles etc (would love to go shopping in the souks), so I predict a 100% chance of me loving this book 🙂

  22. My friend repeatedly told me I should read the Russell series. I’m glad I finally listened. I’m looking forward to Garment of Shadows!

  23. I enjoyed the excerpt and am looking forward to reading the whole book!!

  24. Anne Lape says:

    I’m avoiding reading the excerpts–I need my Russel in one fell swoop!

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