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Margaret Powling

I was a bit reluctant to read this review as I'm waiting for the first Laurie King book to arrive and I didn't want any preconceptions regarding plot/characterization/whether you liked it or not, but after having read this post, I thought that there are perhaps similarities between Mary Russell and the young Maisie Dobbs when she was being tutored by Maurice Blanche? I think I shall enjoy this series (yippee, nine of them!) even though I confess to never having read Sherlock Holmes' stories (but watched many on TV! No, I know it's not the same thing!)

Kate S.

Between you and Eva, you've got me wanting to reread this series! I don't often reread mysteries, but I loved each one of these books the first time round, and there is so much depth and texture to them that it seems they would reward rereading.


Margaret--I didn't really give away any spoilers, but it's still nice to be introduced to the characters when you're actually reading the book! I hope you enjoy the books. I've already pulled the third mystery out and have it at the ready, and yes, the series is set at the same time as the Maisie Dobbs mysteries. Laurie King is also excellent at period detail-so enjoy! And I've really not read much Sherlock Homes either, but I don't think it matters!
Late--You'll have a new book to look forward to at least. And I can easily see how these books would be addictive and definite reread material! She's an excellent writer.


Like Margaret I have The Beekeeper's Apprentice waiting on my shelf at the moment. I picked it up after hearing so many good things about it in the blogging world. Looking forward to hearing from the author before I dip in.


I've heard lots of good things about this author on the blogworld and really MUST read The Beekeeper's Apprentice. You do a wonderful job of reviewing a book you are halfway through, Danielle!


Now you're making me want to pick up the next Mary Russell book, which for me is Justice Hall. And then I discover that I don't actually own it. Shock, horror! I foresee an Amazon order going off very soon. *cough* Look forward to the interview tomorrow.


I, too, have heard many good things about this series. I hesitate to get started on a series when there are already so many books out. My inner completest would surely stress over this. I read a book of Arthur Conan Doyle's letters last year, which I really enjoyed. You'd probably like it, as well. You may have already read it. It's called Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters.

Dorothy W.

This sounds really interesting! I like the idea of a character who works with Holmes, and the theological and feminist aspect is intriguing too. And now I'm off to read the guest post :)


Karen--There really is quite a following for this series, and I'm sure once you've started reading you'll see why. I hope you enjoy the book.
Litlove--I think you'd enjoy Mary Russell--she's such a likeable character. In a way it's nice writing about a book only half read as I know I won't give anything away! :)
Cath--I pulled out the next book as well, which for me is A Letter of Mary. I think I might have one or two more on hand and will need to get the rest!
Lisa--In a way it's nice to start a series with the first book as you can keep up more easily, but it can also be nice to know you have a whole stack of books to look forward to as well. I will have to check out that book of letters. I've read a little bit about Conan Doyle and he seemed like an interesting man.
Dorothy--The two characters make a nice foil for each other really. And Mary is an interesting mixture--very calm and cerebral. I like her a lot, and am enjoying this particular book with its historical feminist (and religious) subject matter!


I am looking forward to the full review as I just purchased this!


Tara--I might not write a full post on the rest of the book, but I will certainly let everyone know how the rest went. I spent a chunk of the evening reading and it was hard to put down. I will finish in the next day or so and am already looking forward to the next book./


You've convinced me. I've bought the first three books in the Mary Russell series and plan to break out book one this weekend. After spending the past few months reading nothing but contemporary fiction, I just happen to be in the perfect mood for something historical and mysterious. :-)


Joanna--I've read only the first two so far, but I have several more ready to go. I like to space my reads by one author out a bit, but it won't be long before I'm ready to read the next book in the series. I liked the first book a lot, but I have to say I really loved A Monstrous Regiment of Women. Laurie King does a great job with these books--I hope you enjoy them!

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