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In nine short stories, seven of which have never previously been available in print, and one brand-new, never-before-seen Sherlock Holmes mystery - available together for the first time - Laurie R. King blends her long-running brand of crime fiction with historical treats and narrative sleight of hand. At the heart of the collection is a prequel novella that begins with England's declaration of war in 1914. As told in Mary Russell's teenage diaries, the whip-smart girl investigates familial mysteries, tracks German spies through San Francisco, and generally delights with her extraordinary mind - until an unimaginable tragedy strikes.
Here, too, is the case of a professor killed by a swarm of bees; Mrs. Hudson's investigation of a string of disappearing household items - and a lifelong secret; a revealing anecdote about a character integral to The God of the Hive; the story of Mary's beloved uncle Jake and a monumental hand of cards; and a series of postcards in which Mary searches for her missing husband, Sherlock Holmes.
Last but not least, fans will be especially thrilled by Mary's account of her decision, at age 92, to publish her memoirs - and how she concluded that Ms. King should be the one to introduce her voice to the world.
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By Robin on 02-26-17
Fine for fans of the series
The stories are of varying length and interest but fans will enjoy them. You may have heard some of them, such as The Marriage of Mary Russell, which were issued separately. Jenny Sterlin is excellent as always.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By J. A. Hermes on 03-09-17
Exquisite as usual.
It is so enjoyable to have these stories that flesh out the life that Mary Russell and Holmes shared together. And with each Laurie King novel or short story i am once again delighted with the humor and wit of Mary Russell.
And Jenny Sterlin, THE voice of Mary Russell. May it always be thus.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful