"The Marriage of Mary Russell" is one of those "in-between" books (here, 13.5) in Laurie King's popular Mary Russell- Sherlock Holmes series. This one is not a novel, but a short story. Here, marriage for our two detectives Mary Russell and her famous mentor Sherlock Holmes is a practical decision. Very logical, rational, with no emotional romantic nonsense. It is early in 1921, and Holmes presents this unexpected concept to Russell. Well, as several others have also said, nothing is simple when it regards Russell and Holmes, and their wedding is certainly no different.
While not a mystery in the style of most of the Russell- Holmes series, it was still a fun read. For a short story, there are still many surprises in store for the reader, including a glimpse into the Holmes brothers' childhood home and more importantly, the family chapel. After reading it, the story just seemed to have left me waiting for something else. Perhaps I felt that we the readers had missed something in their evolution as a couple. Don't get me wrong, it is still a delightful story for the fan of the series. Laurie King writes remarkably well -- one of my favorite living writers -- and certainly better than most of the other Sherlockian authors. Be it a short story or a novel, King develops plot that keeps one's interest. Additionally, her characterization allows the reader to see the dynamic nature of her characters. The mention of the portrait of Holmes' mother is a nice touch prior to the wedding, and, of course, at the end. Regardless"The Marriage of Mary Russell"is a delightful tidbit for we who are fans of the Mary Russell series.