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I liked that Russell and Holmes travel to the Middle East…. I love travel and travel stories…. Besides the fact that this is a greatly constructed mystery with lots of twists and turns, it is an intelligent read. I liked that I had to look up a couple of words in the dictionary as I am a sucker for random useless language and trivia :. I thought it was important to preserve the intelligence not only of Russell but of Holmes overall….. I also liked that the epigraphs to the chapters are from another literary work of the same period called The Life of the Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck.


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There was a lot of interesting philosophy in those little epigraphs :. One of my favorite epigraphs was the from chapter seven:. All of the epigraphs were obscure and seemed to not really have relevance until the pattern emerged…. I thought it was really neat that King included not only a work from the period but an obscure piece form the period that also pertained to the whole bee theme. Very clever! For example, Russell asks Holmes when they are at the opera if he really knows who he is:. Later Russell seems to finally realize who Holmes is and ultimately understand and compare how this conversation relates to them individually as characters and then together as a pair:.

I drove myself. I ate less, worked invariably into the early hours of the morning, drank brandy now to help me sleep…. I became in other words more like Holmes than the man himself: brilliant, driven to a point of obsession, careless of myself, mindless of others, but without the passion and the deep down, inbred love for the good of humanity that was the basis of his entire career. He loved the humanity that could not understand him or fully accept him: I in the midst of the same human race became a thinking machine.

Both Holmes and Russell are essentially different but at the same time very much a like, they both know who they are but at times cannot fully see or appreciate the entire person in themselves and each other. It is a complex and yet intellectually intriguing relationship that I see coming in the books that follow. I am very excited to continue reading the series! I cannot WAIT to pick up the second book in the series.

The year is and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation Selchester Castle in sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

Paris, Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

I am speaking the exact and literal truth. This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador.

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Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant. London, Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No.

Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery.

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow , which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine , whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in On a cold November morning, a young American actress visits B Baker Street, desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life.

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Holmes agrees to help, even though he has just promised the Prime Minister to solve the murder of John D. Rockefeller's security agent before the incident can derail an upcoming British-American summit. In the summer of , a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire.

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Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. Over years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. After Vicky Bliss stumbles over a clue to the existence of a hidden masterpiece by a late Gothic sculptor, she and her then-boyfriend, Tony, embark on a contest of will and wits to find the treasure. Pallavi is an aspiring writer living in California.

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Her mother, Usha, is thousands of miles away in Delhi - and obsessed with finding her daughter a husband. Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

In , Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit.

In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator's daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary: a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership. Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining I was pleasantly surprised and I believe I am addicted to the Mary Russell series. I downloaded the second book of the series within moments of finishing this book. I had misgivings about reading this. So, with trepidation and after recommendations from both my parents and my niece, I picked it up.

My niece and I enjoy discussing some YA fiction and as a result I was expecting something on that level. I had made a terrible assumption based on this and forgot that she is an extremely precocious 13 year-old who loves and chooses to read Shakespeare…repeatedly. She sometimes speaks in old english and I have to ask for translations. This is not YA fiction. This is a PG adult mystery, and it is wonderful. Laurie King did a very intelligent thing. Her view of Holmes is quite different, it is the view of an equal, and Watson never viewed himself as Holmes equal. This allowed me, as the reader, to let that go.

Bravo Laurie King! This is the story of how a young woman, recently orphaned and forced to live with a detestable distant Aunt, becomes the Apprentice of the great Sherlock Holmes. The book develops their friendship through her training.


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Holmes is still endearingly odd, but he is not seen from a pedestal. This is a coming of age story through several mysteries brought to Holmes and Russell while she is going to school at Oxford. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series.

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A Monstrous Regiment of Women. King and was published in It is the first in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series. In , fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, recently orphaned by a car crash in California, is forced to live with her aunt in Sussex.