I mentioned this in my review of Justice Hall but I'll say it again here: King really know her historical settings! Her language puts the reader into the proper time period. I even learned what chilblains are - and that I definitely don't want them.
In this, the 7th Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes book, the case bring our detectives to India. This is the time of declining British control in India, the time of Gandhi, the time of the Muslim League - a very exciting and turbulent point in India's history. It's also the time of flappers and Bolsheviks ...
In addition to a vividly created setting, King brings in the title character from Rudyard Kipling's novel KIM. I admit that I've never read KIM so I had to rely on wikipedia for the basic info. But what a story she creates!
I don't quote the book flaps often but this line was so appropriate that I had to include it:
Showcasing King's masterful plotting and skill at making history leap from the page, THE GAME brings alive an India fraught with unrest and poised for change - and an unpredictable mystery with brilliance and character to match.How can you not want to read this book after that?!
This was not one of my favorites in the MR/SH series but it was still very good.
*** Other posts so far in my Month of Joyful Reading ***