Mary Russell's War
Overview - A dynamic short story collection that illuminates many hidden corners of the beloved, best-selling Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. Since the first book-length "memoir" appeared in 1994, the partnership of young Mary Russell and her more famous partner, Sherlock Holmes, has excited a community of readers, young and old. Read more...
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A dynamic short story collection that illuminates many hidden corners of the beloved, best-selling Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.
Since the first book-length "memoir" appeared in 1994, the partnership of young Mary Russell and her more famous partner, Sherlock Holmes, has excited a community of readers, young and old. With this collection, nine previously published short stories and one never-before-seen Sherlock Holmes mystery are brought together for the first time. Following an "Appreciation" by noted Sherlockian Leslie S. Klinger, Laurie R. King blends vivid historical settings with narrative sleight-of-hand, from a novella composed of Mary Russell's teenage diaries to the story of how, in her nineties, Miss Russell came to send her Memoirs to Laurie R. King, and from Mrs. Hudson's own investigation to a tale of young Russell's beloved Uncle Jake-and, a Christmas investigation by Sherlock Holmes and his very young assistant. Mary's Christmas Mary Russell's War Beekeeping for Beginners Mrs Hudson's Case The Marriage of Mary Russell Birth of a Green Man A Venomous Death My Story A Case in Correspondence Stately Holmes
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Fans of King’s Mary Russell novels, which starting with 1994’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice chart her relationship with Sherlock Holmes, will welcome this collection, which includes extracts from the novels, short stories, and the diary that Mary kept as a teen during WWI. Readers will learn about Mary’s wily Uncle Jake, Holmes’s marriage proposal, the couple’s eccentric wedding, and Mycroft Holmes’s political activities. The one selection original to this volume, “Stately Holmes,” is a Christmas tale, complete with a gaggle of children. The heart of the book, however, is Mary’s wartime diary, punctuated by headlines announcing war casualties and zeppelin attacks and interspersed with Mary’s not always kind assessment of the periodical installments of The Valley of Fear, the last Holmes novel. The text is richly illustrated with period photos. Admirers of Mary Russell will be pleased with what amounts to an autobiography of her early years, but those expecting the “suspense” promised in the subtitle may feel misled. (Oct.)