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I love the Mary Russell books. And don't worry as you go along; the "romantic" side of their relationship is definitely less important than their intellectual relationship. Holmes is just not a lovey-dovey kind of guy. He never stops referring to her by her last name, even after they get married... she's always "Russell" to him.

Really fun series that just keeps getting better.


I agree with the previous commentor. You'll enjoy these books. Mary does hold her own with Holmes and the romantic never overpowers the intellectual...Now you've made me think I want to read them again...=-) Enjoy!


Glad you enjoyed this one. I do like it so much. No, somehow, the pairing and romance of Mary and Holmes works. It fits. Enjoy MURPHY'S LAW. I have never read it and will look forward to your comments.

Will Entrekin

I did part of my undergrad thesis on Conan Doyle and the Holmes stories, which set me on a long love for mysteries. I'd not heard of this one, though. Good pointer. Funnily, several of the Holmes stories feature that sudden second half/feeling of disjointed stories--the first one, in fact (among the weakest) goes on a sudden tangent to include what basically amounts to Mormon ninjas.

Also, if you're feeling a mystery kick, I figure I'll mention there are two mystery stories in the collection I published, both of which concern C. Auguste Dupin investigating the death of Poe ("Addicted to Praise" and "Raven Noir"). Just thought you might be interested (the collection's free, too).

Dorothy W.

Interesting! It's interesting to see how she handles the first novel, as well as how the relationship develops. I've been on a mystery binge too, lately, and it's so much fun!


Sounds like a fabulous book. I'll have to have a look at this authour.


Oolookitty--I'm so glad to hear that. I do like their relationship so far--I love the intellectual aspect of the book and certainly Mary is a very likable character!
Debby--I'm glad I stuck with the book. I was ready to set it aside and pick something else out to read, but now I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
Kay--I've heard so many good things about Laurie King's books, so now I'll have a whole series to look forward to. So far I am enjoying the Bowen book. How Molly finds herself in America might perhaps be a bit contrived--at least very conincidental, but I'm willing to overlook that aspect since I like Molly so much!
Will--I need to read more of Conan Doyle's novel and I do have a few on hand. Laurie King certainly has gotten the 'feel' for his character right (though obviously my experience with reading about Holmes is pretty limited). I have read a book of short stories by Poe featuring Dupin and really liked them. Thanks for the heads up--I'll look for your collection!
Dorothy--Mysteries are a nice break from straightforward novels. I think I could easily spend most of my reading time on mysteries, but there are so many other things to read as well. King does do a great job developing Mary's character. I'm very curious now to see where she goes with her!
Heather--Do check her out. I'm sorry I waited so long--I've had a couple of her books for ages now! I love the time period and King did a good job of getting the feel just right.

heather (errantdreams)

I've definitely been on something of a mystery binge lately, so I may have to look into this one. Thanks for discussing it!


I've been reading Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters recently. It's interesting to see the man behind the books. He wasn't very happy with the fact that he gained the most fame from the Holmes books. He was a fascinating man. You may want to check this collection of letters out.


I'm adding this one to my stack! I love mysteries and have heard really good things about this one. I hope you enjoy the Bowen book. I was a bit disappointed with it but I'd still read another one to see if it's one of those where the mystery improves. The characters were good ones though.


Heather--I'm glad I finally got around to reading it--I need to pick up more of my unread mysteries!
Lisa--From what little I've heard about Conan Doyle--he sounds like he was an interesting person. Have you read Arthur and George? I know it is a fictional account, but I thought the looked good as well. I'll have to look for this book of letters.
Iliana--I am enjoying the Bowen book, but I can see where this is a tad weaker than the King book. The situations are somewhat contrived, but I still really like the characters. I will likely read more from the series, though. Hopefully she does get better as she goes. I think she's won awards, but I'm not sure if it was for this book or another.


If you like Sherlock Holmes and you like annotated books, has a wonderful deal on now: the big annotated 3-volume Holmes set that I have been drooling over for years is on sale at Amazon for EIGHT dollars a volume. I couldn't believe my eyes. I had to hunt around for volume 2, but I found it and just ordered them all. Vols 1 and 2 are all the short stories and 3 is the novels. You do not get the slipcase that Vols 1 and 2 go in with this deal. I though...who cares? :-) I love annotated books. They also have the new annotated release of THE SECRET GARDEN for $7.


Linda--I had no idea--I'll have to go and look. I only have one or two of Conan Doyle's novels on their own. I do like annotated books when it comes to older books/classics. Thanks for the heads up.

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