Laurie R. King (Ebook or epub) Touchstone

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Cts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and even dangerously falling in love with another And as he sifts through secrets divulged and kept he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy and wonders if he can trust his touchstone Grey to reveal the most dangerous player of all Building to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate Touchstone is both a harrowing thriller by a master of the genre and a thought provoking exploration of the forces that drive history and human destinie This is a stand alone novel not related to either of her series It s 1926 and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber for help he s sent to Englishman Bennett Grey whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other people s thoughts and who has been hiding in Cornwall for years Almost against his will Grey agrees to help Stuyvesant by gaining him entry into an elite milieu which includes Lady Laura Hurleigh who is devoting her life to social reform charismatic politician Richard Bunsen and Grey s sister Sarah Lady Laura s best friendIt s a good book in many ways but it lacks focus it s not as tight as I think a suspense novel ought to be There are well developed complex characters but too many of them are POV characters six and I thought only four or five at most were necessary and King head hops occasionally There are lovely rich settings which are often over described The plot is intriguing but it takes forever to get going and occasionally bogs down in description and dialogue though the last hundred pages or so are uite tense I think Touchstone would have better if it had been shorter and tighter but I did enjoy it after finally getting absorbed in it due largely to King s richly developed characters Tidelands (Fairmile to bring down Pretty Lucy Merwyn the government Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and even dangerously falling in love with another And as he sifts Strings through secrets divulged and kept he uncovers Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the Catch and Release target of a horrifying conspiracy and wonders if he can Devils Paw (Imp, trust his Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, touchstone Grey All Tied Up to reveal The Film Snob*s Dictionary the most dangerous player of all Building In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate Touchstone is both a harrowing Tea Environments and Plantation Culture thriller by a master of 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the genre and a Survive by the Team thought provoking exploration of Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the forces Washington! (Wagons West, that drive history and human destinie This is a stand alone novel not related Tennessee! (Wagons West, to either of her series It s 1926 and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come Celebration! (Wagons West, to London in search of a bomber for help he s sent Texas! (Wagons West, to Englishman Bennett Grey whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery to other people s Revenge ni Miss Piggy thoughts and who has been hiding in Cornwall for years Almost against his will Grey agrees Breakfast Book to help Stuyvesant by gaining him entry into an elite milieu which includes Lady Laura Hurleigh who is devoting her life The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to social reform charismatic politician Richard Bunsen and Grey s sister Sarah Lady Laura s best friendIt s a good book in many ways but it lacks focus it s not as Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, tight as I A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery think a suspense novel ought Card Concepts to be There are well developed complex characters but Schadenfreude too many of Emotional Victory them are POV characters six and I Still Life with Woodpecker thought only four or five at most were necessary and King head hops occasionally There are lovely rich settings which are often over described The plot is intriguing but it Bo Knows Bo takes forever Gender and Food to get going and occasionally bogs down in description and dialogue Radio Silence though Finer Women the last hundred pages or so are uite Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down tense I Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays think Touchstone would have better if it had been shorter and Crazy Horses Girlfriend tighter but I did enjoy it after finally getting absorbed in it due largely Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium to King s richly developed characters

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Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling mysteries Laurie R King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue terrorism and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest a man code named TouchstoneIt’s eight years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey’s life leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence and making social contact all but impossible Once studied by British intelligenc When I started reading Laurie R King s Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work I didn t know about this novel First published in 2007 it s been a standalone work until recently when a second novel featuring the same main protagonists The Bones of Paris was published I like King s writing Her prose is excellent she does a good job creating interesting if not always believable characters her evocation of time and place is powerful and she weaves historical events and personalities into her stories in an interesting and unforced manner Touchstone is something of a departure from King s Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series and her earlier Kate Martinelli series Rather than crime fiction it s in the thriller genre The novel is set in England in 1926 in the lead up to a national strike in support of coal miners Harris Stuyvesant an agent with the Bureau of Investigation precursor to the FBI is in London following a lead in his investigation into a series of politically motivated bombings in the US He crosses paths with the sinister eminence grise Aldous Carstairs and shell shocked veteran Bennett Grey a man whose war injuries have given him a particular sensitivity to deception Grey is one of those interesting but not very believable characters King is particularly good at creating The narrative is in the third person omniscient style giving an old fashioned feel to the work which I uite like although the rapidity with which the perpective switches from one character to another was sometimes a little annoying Another feature of the work is its sedate pace I don t read many thrillers and I don t need my fiction to be action packed but even taking my patience with a slow narrative into account there were times when this one went too slowly for me There are too many cigarettes smoked too many cups of coffee drunk and too many drinking sessions and hangovers described in minute detail This does not make for a particularly thrilling thrillerI worked out well correctly guessed the identity of the perpetrator early on However I doubted myself because my guess didn t seem particularly credible And indeed the climax of the action was anything but credible However that happens in crime fiction and in thrillers too I suppose so there s no point in reading such novels at all if you can t cross the suspension bridge of disbelief and enjoy the view from the other side Notwithstanding my reservations I enjoyed the view enough to give this 3 to 35 stars I also liked it enough to move straight on to its newly published seuel What can I say it was there ready to go And it s set in 1920s Paris one of my favourite literary locations I listened to the audiobook version which is competently narrated by American actor Jefferson Mays He s not bad at the English voices although he mostly sounds like an American putting on an English accent and a Welsh accent proved beyond his ability and he doesn t come over all falsetto with the female characters All in all Mays made listening pleasant The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded takes us The Tower to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping The Seeds of Time tale of intrigue The New Black terrorism and explosive passions begins with a visit Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, to a recluse upon whom Two Hours the fate of an entire nation may rest a man code named TouchstoneIt’s eight years after Finding Us (Finding, the Great War shattered Bennett Grey’s life leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity The End of the Story to ديوان حافظ the potential of human violence and making social contact all but impossible Once studied by British intelligenc When I started reading Laurie R King s Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work I didn The Christmas Killer t know about The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination this novel First published in 2007 it s been a standalone work until recently when a second novel featuring The Lost Revolution the same main protagonists The Bones of Paris was published I like King s writing Her prose is excellent she does a good job creating interesting if not always believable characters her evocation of Marion Mahony Reconsidered time and place is powerful and she weaves historical events and personalities into her stories in an interesting and unforced manner Touchstone is something of a departure from King s Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series and her earlier Kate Martinelli series Rather The Girl in the Glass Tower than crime fiction it s in The Great Divide the The Lady and the Peacock thriller genre The novel is set in England in 1926 in Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the lead up The Real Deal to a national strike in support of coal miners Harris Stuyvesant an agent with The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 the Bureau of Investigation precursor Complete Enderby to The Invisible Writing the FBI is in London following a lead in his investigation into a series of politically motivated bombings in The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories the US He crosses paths with The Winter of the Lions the sinister eminence grise Aldous Carstairs and shell shocked veteran Bennett Grey a man whose war injuries have given him a particular sensitivity The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 to deception Grey is one of The Not So Invisible Woman those interesting but not very believable characters King is particularly good at creating The narrative is in A Short History of Egypt the The Boss third person omniscient style giving an old fashioned feel Captain Greys Lady to The Handmaidens the work which I uite like although My Bossy Dolly the rapidity with which Maternal Justice the perpective switches from one character The Ascent of Rum Doodle to another was sometimes a little annoying Another feature of A Bachelors Baby the work is its sedate pace I don The Carpenters Daughter t read many A Talent for Surrender thrillers and I don Orchard Street, Dawn t need my fiction Stepbrother Dearest to be action packed but even Mystery in Spiderville taking my patience with a slow narrative into account Spring there were Unknown (Anders Knutas, times when A time for being human this one went Stanley and the Women too slowly for me There are The Gene too many cigarettes smoked The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, too many cups of coffee drunk and Seasons of Splendour too many drinking sessions and hangovers described in minute detail This does not make for a particularly Stage Mum thrilling A Village Affair / A Passionate Man / The Rectors Wife thrillerI worked out well correctly guessed The Relate Guide to Sex in Loving Relationships the identity of Salvage the perpetrator early on However I doubted myself because my guess didn Thin Air (Jessica Shaw, t seem particularly credible And indeed Blue Book of Grown-Up Fairytales the climax of Mo Hayder 2-Book Bundle the action was anything but credible However Broken Horse (Saddle Club, that happens in crime fiction and in Sarah Keys Back Sufferers Bible thrillers Will in the World too I suppose so Traitors Purse (Albert Campion Mystery there s no point in reading such novels at all if you can How Baking Works t cross The Birthday Party the suspension bridge of disbelief and enjoy The Summer House the view from The Seance the other side Notwithstanding my reservations I enjoyed Crap Crimes the view enough Horse Tale (Saddle Club, to give The Best of Daughters this 3 Unclaimed Experience to 35 stars I also liked it enough Wilfred Owen to move straight on The Inbetweeners Scriptbook there ready Out of Breath (Breathing, to go And it s set in 1920s Paris one of my favourite literary locations I listened A Profound Secret to Moby-Dick the audiobook version which is competently narrated by American actor Jefferson Mays He s not bad at The Double Silence the English voices although he mostly sounds like an American putting on an English accent and a Welsh accent proved beyond his ability and he doesn Enemies of Promise t come over all falsetto with Walking Nature Home the female characters All in all Mays made listening pleasant

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E for his uniue abilities Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey’s potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey’s help entering a world where the rich and the radical exist side by side a heady mix of the powerful and the celebrated among whom lurks an enemy ready to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of the AtlanticHere among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter condu When you d rather fold laundry than read a bookit s time to put the book aside and move on to something else Tao Te Ching: A New English Version to investigate for himself Grey’s potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey’s help entering a world where Decorum the rich and Zen Doodle Unleashed the radical exist side by side a heady mix of Thick the powerful and DIGIGRA sexy gravure vol395 yua kuramochi the celebrated among whom lurks an enemy ready Folk Shawls to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of Why Knock Rock? the AtlanticHere among a Fiction Writers Workshop titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter condu When you d rather fold laundry Witch, Please (Not Your Basic Witch than read a bookit s Fabricate time First & Then to put Painting Garden Birds with Sherry C. Nelson (Decorative Painting) the book aside and move on Ella Puede! to something else


10 thoughts on “Touchstone

  1. says:

    When I started reading Laurie R King's Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series a couple of years ago after a very long break from her work I didn't know about this novel First published in 2007 it's been a standalone work until recently when a second novel featuring the same main protagonists The Bones of Paris was published I

  2. says:

    This was a haunting book that carefully toed the line between supernatural fiction and mystery Laurie King is the author of several excellent series the HolmesRussell books are among my all time favorites and this was definitely closer to the suspensethriller side of mystery than her others The story involves an FBI agent tracking down a te

  3. says:

    I usually like Laurie King's booksshe's on my author alert at the library but I took this out TWICE from the library and couldn't finish it either time The second time I didn't even want to pick it up there were just too many other interesting things to do or readThe first time I got about halfway through before I had to return the book The subject matter wasn't terribly interesting to me it takes place in the 1920s and involve

  4. says:

    When you'd rather fold laundry than read a bookit's time to put the book aside and move on to something else

  5. says:

    This is the kind of book that necessitates staring into space for an hour after you finish it Just to ponder

  6. says:

    Love the author's Russell Holmes and Kate Martinelli series so I was glad to see she created another world and characters set in the '20s with dogged Harris Stuyvesant for the protagonistHarris is an American Feder

  7. says:

    I normally adore Laurie King but the shifting point of view in this book drove me crazy to the point where I got so angry

  8. says:

    I've been a Laurie King fan since I read her first book in the HolmesRussell series The Beekeeper's Apprentice Before Touchstone I'd never really been able to get into what I think of as her stand alone titles rather than those that

  9. says:

    This is a stand alone novel not related to either of her series It's 1926 and FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant has come to London in search of a bomber; for help he's sent to Englishman Bennett Grey whose experiences in World War I have left him with an unearthly sensitivity to other people's thoughts and who has been hiding in Cornwall for years Almost against his will Grey agrees to help Stuyvesant by gaining him entry into

  10. says:

    It took me a little while to get into this political thriller a stand alone book from King whom I love for her excellent series Set in the 1920s in an England torn between unions and a conservative government an American agent arriv

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