Books by Laurie R. King

Since Laurie R. King’s first book, A Grave Talent, came out in 1993, she has gained a reputation as a prize-winning, best-selling author who holds an undying place in the hearts of readers ranging from fourteen year-old girls to members of the House of Lo


THE BONES OF PARIS by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Evocative period detail and challenging aesthetic adventures compensate for a mystery more suggestive than believable and a climactic sequence that seems to have been lifted from King's last tale of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Garment of Shadows, 2012)."
The dark side of Jazz Age Paris. Read full book review >
GARMENT OF SHADOWS by Laurie R. King
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Both Holmes and Russell are muffled, and the story requires a good deal of potted history. More likely to appeal to lovers of Morocco than lovers of Sherlock Holmes."
More international intrigue awaits Sherlock Holmes and his wife, omnicompetent and unflappable Mary Russell, in 1924 Morocco. Read full book review >
A STUDY IN SHERLOCK by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Enough variety for the dabbler, together with enough reverence for the canon to appeal to the true Holmes addict."
King (The Art of Detection, 2006, etc.) and Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, 2004, etc.) offer a selection of tributes to The Great Detective. Read full book review >
THE ART OF DETECTION by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 6, 2006

"One of the two solutions is a letdown, but King's imagination is as generous as ever, and her use of the Sherlockian canon to ventilate contemporary issues is clever and impassioned."
King's two series had already been drawing closer together in Locked Rooms (2005), which sent Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell to San Francisco. Now Det. Kate Martinelli, SFPD (Night Work, 2000, etc.), meets Holmes, or at least a bunch of Holmesians. Read full book review >
LOCKED ROOMS by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 21, 2005

"A humdinger of a plot that deepens with each retelling of the dreams, plus pulsating descriptions of San Francisco's tent cities, looters and flattened Chinatown in the quake's aftermath."
Mary Russell confronts her past abetted by Sherlock Holmes and Dash Hammett. Read full book review >
THE GAME by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"The game may be afoot, but the pace is mostly funereal."
Mary Russell and her hubby the beekeeper slog through India in the thinly plotted seventh of this Sherlockian series (Justice Hall, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
KEEPING WATCH by Laurie R. King
THRILLERS
Released: March 4, 2003

A gripping, intricately plotted psychological thriller, full of subtle twists. Read full book review >
JUSTICE HALL by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 26, 2002

"The least successful of King's six Holmes pastiches is also the most accomplished—if you don't mind seeing the master detective sidelined."
Returning in autumn 1923 to Baker Street from their adventures in The Moor (1997), Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Oxford theologian Mary Russell, find a whopping surprise waiting for them: Ali Hazr, the Bedouin spy of O Jerusalem (1999), is actually English aristocrat Alistair Hughenfort, and his cousin Mahmoud, a.k.a. Read full book review >
FOLLY by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 27, 2001

"Though she's done better work elsewhere, her readers will probably respond to her appealing heroine and forgive the occasional soapiness."
Off the coast of Washington, there's a tiny island called Folly, and though Rae Newborn, who inherited it from her great-uncle Desmond, is its sole resident, someone seems to be stalking her. Read full book review >
NIGHT WORK by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"Kate's passion, and King's (With Child, 1996, etc.), brings new urgency to a familiar story about merging personal conviction with professional duty. (Author tour)"
Reunited with both her work partner, Al Hawkin, and her domestic partner, Lee Cooper, detective Kate Martinelli seems ready to get back to solving cases for the San Francisco Police Department—work that, unfortunately, threatens once again to cross the boundary between workplace and home front. Read full book review >
O JERUSALEM by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1999

"A bit thin as to plot—and sedate as to pace—but Holmes gets to strut his stuff now and again so fans of the series aren—t likely to complain."
Feisty Mary Russell and frosty Sherlock Holmes in a fifth adventure (The Moor, 1998, etc.)—this one retroactive. Read full book review >
A DARKER PLACE by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

Eighteen years after losing her husband and daughter to a mass suicide in a Texas cult, an expert on religious sects agrees to goes undercover one more time to infiltrate a particularly insidious community. Read full book review >
THE MOOR by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Despite the incursion of motorcars and electricity, what stays longest is the impression of the moor's brooding timelessness, as powerful now as back in 1902."
 King's have always been the most ambitious of all Sherlock Holmes pastiches (A Letter of Mary, 1997, etc.), and her fourth is no exception: She dares to meet the great man on the hallowed ground of Dartmoor, where he returns in 1924 with his wife, Oxford theologian Mary Russell, in response to the dying Rev. Read full book review >
A LETTER OF MARY by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Even Holmes is muffled. (Author tour)"
 Oxford theologian Mary Russell, now living quietly in Sussex with her husband Sherlock Holmes, is thunderstruck with the explosive potential of a document her old acquaintance, amateur archeologist Dorothy Ruskin, brings her from a dig in Palestine: a letter from one Mariam of Magdala identifying herself as an apostle of Jesus. Read full book review >
WITH CHILD by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 13, 1996

"Like a slow-burning fire, the story makes you hurt deeply for King's characters before you realize what's happening to you. (Author tour)"
 Temporarily bereft of both her lover, Lee Cooper, who—still recovering from the wound that plagued her all through To Play the Fool (p. 30)—has taken off for Puget Sound, and her partner, Al Hawkin, preoccupied with his upcoming marriage to medievalist Jani Cameron, Inspector Kate Martinelli agrees to help Jani's preteen daughter Jules track down Dio, a homeless boy she met in a San Francisco park over the summer. Read full book review >
A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Enchanting."
 Another richly entertaining Sherlockian romp for Oxford chemist/theologian Mary Russell (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, 1994), whose former housemate Lady Veronica Beaconsfield draws her into the circle of charismatic feminist preacher Margery Childe of the New Temple of God. Read full book review >
TO PLAY THE FOOL by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"King's calculated disdain for the received conventions of the detective story, though, only confirms her status as one of the most original talents to emerge in the '90s."
 A double murder among the people who congregate in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park catches the eye of Inspector Kate Martinelli (A Grave Talent, 1993), especially since the surviving members of the homeless community, headed by a mysterious leader calling himself Brother Erasmus, cremate the first victim, a dog named Theophilus, and try to do the same three weeks later to Theophilus's owner, John. Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1994

"Don't be disappointed, though, by the most unexpected culprit since Jefferson Hope."
 Nothing in King's brooding debut A Grave Talent (1993) could have prepared you for this uncommonly rich Sherlockian pastiche, in which the great detective is brought out of retirement among the bees of Sussex by a new amanuensis, budding theologian Mary Russell. Read full book review >
A GRAVE TALENT by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Unusually sensitive and densely imagined—you really can feel Vaun's torment—despite King's first-novelist habit of explaining her characters a little too generously."
 After the third body of a strangled child is found on the grounds of self-proclaimed feudal lord John Tyler, the police focus on the members of his closed community—especially on a woman named Vaun Adams, a brilliant painter who's already served eight years for murdering a young girl. Read full book review >