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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Nero Wolfe Award
It is 1921 and Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology - is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective. Russell's attentions turn to the New Temple of God and its leader, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw on the young theology scholar is irresistible. But when four bluestockings from the Temple turn up dead shortly after changing their wills, could sins of a capital nature be afoot? Holmes and Russell investigate, as their partnership takes a surprising turn.
©1995 Laurie R. King (P)2008 Recorded Books
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By PeachPecan on 05-02-14

Echoes of "Another Shirt Ruined!"

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I am quite a few years behind in this series, and this is my 2nd Laurie R. King in the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell books. Again, as with the first, I did not guess the identity of the criminal before the end, which makes this a good book. You can follow the plot and all the evidence clearly as the book progressed.
Poor Mary Russell: people have it out for her wardrobe. Last book an entire day's shopping fell victim, this one: New clothes on the first wearing and - I could almost hear Amelia Peabody Emerson (Elizabeth Peters' Egyptologist adventuress) shouting at her Emerson "Another shirt ruined!" through Mary's mind as she faced her attacker.

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By S.J. on 06-17-14

A Most Interesting Sequel!

What made the experience of listening to A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

Once again, listening to a story I've read multiple times gives me a new perspective on a story I know very well. There's a lot of academia in this one and yet listening to it makes it much more interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending! Without a doubt! It's one of the best parts of the series.

What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sterlin has given both Russell and Holmes perfect voices as well as very other people they meet along the way. Her emotional reading of one particular situation Russell finds herself in touches me every time. It's as if I'm experiencing it for the first time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. There was no way I could but I had it playing every moment I could.

Any additional comments?

Whether this is your first time experiencing the series or you've read it basically once a year for a decade, this is an audiobook you'll enjoy!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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