Thursday, February 22, 2007

Book Notes: Laurie R King

Yesterday I came across a piece of paper I haven't seen since 2000. I still am confused as to why it was in this stack of papers, why it wasn't filed away in my 2000 bin and why it was attached to an ATM receipt from London....oh well!

My dear friend Amy Davies suggested Laurie R King's books. That's her over there (--->). I remember Amy devouring these books and thinking whats the big deal?!

Well, they sound great! One of her first books, The Beekeeper's Apprentice (DO NOT CONFUSE WITH "The Secret Life of Bees") was named a 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century.

"Her fiction falls into three areas. First in the hearts of most readers comes Mary Russell, who met the retired Mr Sherlock Holmes in the winter of 1915 and became his apprentice, later his partner, and eventually his wife. Starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and continuing through The Game (June 2005), Russell and Holmes move through the ’teens and ’twenties in amiable discord, challenging each other to ever greater feats of detection.

King’s other series concerns San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli, her SFPD partner Al Hawkin, and her life partner Lee Cooper. In the course of her four books, Kate has encountered a female Rembrandt, a modern-day Holy Fool, two difficult teenagers, and a manifestation of the goddess Kali.

King has also written three stand-alone suspense novels." (Taken from

Expect to see some reviews of King's work soon!

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