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text 2017-06-27 03:08
The Beekeeper's Apprentice
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (20th Anniversary Edition): or, On the Segregation of the Queen - Laurie R. King

Not the Sherlock Holmes pastiche for me. Not a huge fan of the premise of the story. Not a fan of this characterization of Sherlock Holmes.


The use of Oriental was unnecessary (just use Eastern if you must... I get the novel is set in the 1910s, but it was written in the 1990s) as was the casual mention of the protagonist dressing up as an Indian man for a prank (you can tell she's supposed to be Indian because she wore a turban... I literally have no idea why this was in the book... there's no explicit mention of brownface at least?). 


The story isn't holding my interest, so I'm giving up on this one. 


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review 2017-06-13 21:33
Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense - Laurie R. King

Career day at Guadalupe High School is a big affair and you just know something very bad is going to happen that day. And, when it started, I was majorly surprised at who started it.

King has several characters in this book, students, teachers, and parents and tells of their stories and their thoughts leading up to the big Career Day. There is even a story about a former student (Bee) who used to go to Guadalupe but who disappeared on her way to school several years ago. There is also a student who's sister was killed by a gang member of who's brother also goes to Guadalupe High.

There are several plot lines going on in this book and they definitely kept and held my interest. Trying to figure out who will be the one to cause the trouble on Career Day was certainly not easy as I had several suspects in my mind going down to the big day. And, everyone I guess was wrong. A great read that deals with the workings and people attending Guadalupe High School.

I enjoyed reading this book and wish to thank Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review

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text 2017-05-12 01:52
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2) - Laurie R. King

So, this one is a bit of a stretch, I admit. I landed on Electric Company, which meant that I needed to read a book with a character in STEM - science, technology, engineering and medicine. I restarted the Mary Russell series after finishing The Murder of Mary Russell, and decided that I could reasonably shoehorn this one into that category. Mary Russell is a student at Oxford University in the disciplines of theology and chemistry, Sherlock Holmes himself is constantly conducting scientific experiments, and Dr. Watson is a doctor. There you have it - 3 characters in STEM.


 This one is a favorite in the series. I really like Veronica Beaconsfield, and enjoyed going on a shopping spree with Mary now that she has reached her majority and gotten her inheritance. 

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review 2017-05-07 17:34
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
The Murder of Mary Russell - Laurie R. King

Welp, I'm all caught up on this series now, as this is the most recently published book. I've been working on catching up on some favorite series in the lasts couple of months, & I've made progress on Three Pines (one remaining book), Sebastian St. Cyr (two remaining books), and Ruth Galloway (caught up).


I'm not sure how many more Mary Russell books are likely to be written - it feels a bit like Ms. King is coming to the end of the natural lifespan of the books. As the series matures, I admit to be terrified at the prospect that she will, sooner or later, kill off Holmes. 


However, I will continue reading them as long as she continues writing them.


This book is, of course centered around "The Murder of Mary Russell." I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't read it, but 

Mary Russell doesn't actually die. Gasp. I know.

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It focuses us on Mrs. Hudson, the landlady from 221B Baker Street and surrogate mother to Mary Russell. In this book, Laurie King takes one of the stories from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, IV. Gloria Scott, and she unravels it like an old sweater being remade, reknitting it with the same yarn, but in a pattern that reveals much more than the original, and that provides the backstory for Clara, nee Clarissa, Hudson. Much more than even The Moor, The Murder of Mary Russell goes back to the roots of Holmes and takes the interstices of the tale and fills them with detail and life. I had never read Gloria Scott, and when I read it after finishing this book, the weaving of the new story out of the old tale was fairly brilliant.


I don't think I've ever read the entire Holmes canon, and reading this reminds me anew that I need to do that sooner, rather than later. 

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text 2016-12-12 21:09
Henery Press Year End Sale - $5 Paperbacks
Board Stiff - Kendel Lynn
Swan Dive (An Elliott Lisbon Mystery) (Volume 3) - Kendel Lynn
The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn
Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien
Writes of Passage - Margaret Maron,Laurie R. King,Hank Phillippi Ryan
Deadly Assets (An Allison Campbell Mystery Book 2) - Wendy Tyson
Dying Brand - Wendy Tyson
Guaranteed to Bleed - Julie Mulhern
From The Sideline (The Wake-Up Series) (Volume 2) - Amy Avanzino
Scheduled to Die (A Carter Mays Mystery #2) - Alan Cupp

This came through my email yesterday and I thought I'd pass it along to my USA friends who might be interested.  Henery Press produces some great cozy mysteries.  Of this batch I can recommend highly Board Stiff - Kendel LynnSwan Dive - Kendel Lynn    and The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn.  


From the email:

Pick up these eleven titles in trade paperback for only $5 each on Club Hen House. Use promo code YEAR END from now until December 31. Hurry before time runs out! Click HERE to shop.
Hope your holidays are merry and bright!
(The 11th book is:) 
When Lies Crumble (A Carter Mays Mystery Book 1) - Alan Cupp 
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