Search Results: "Laurie R. King"


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 >

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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 >

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KEEPING WATCH by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2003

A gripping, intricately plotted psychological thriller, full of subtle twists. Read full book review >

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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 >

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TO PLAY THE FOOL by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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LOCKED ROOMS by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue."
An ocean voyage to Japan lands Sherlock Holmes and his amanuensis and wife, Mary Russell (Garment of Shadows, 2012, etc.), in the middle of a tangled web of blackmail.Read full book review >

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LOCKDOWN by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"'Your purpose is to show how things tie together,' the harried principal reflects as zero hour looms. King delivers, providing both a drama-filled anatomy of the school and a chance for its community to show its best by the way it confronts the worst Career Day imaginable."
King turns from recording the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his wife (The Murder of Mary Russell, 2016, etc.) to a more hard-edged and contemporary subject: the day a shooter seething with resentment descends on a coastal California school. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >