‘A COMPELLING DEMONSTRATION OF THE WAYS INVENTIVE WRITERS CAN CONTINUE TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE HOLMESIAN MYTHOLOGY’ KIRKUS REVIEWS
Laurie R. King illuminates the hidden corners of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes’s world in this beguiling short story collection. With King’s beloved brand of crime fiction blended together with historical treats and narrative sleight of hand, we read from a teenage Mary’s wartime diary, learn more of Holmes’s marriage proposal and of Mycroft Holmes’s political activities, and follow Mary though a series of postcards as she searches for her missing husband.
A richly illustrated and fascinating feast for fans and new readers alike, this collection lifts the lid on many untold stories from Russell and Holmes’s past.
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.