Search Results: "Laurie R. King"


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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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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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WITH CHILD by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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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FOLLY by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE ART OF DETECTION by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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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JUSTICE HALL by Laurie R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >