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Publisher's Summary

Laurie R. King illuminates the hidden corners of her beloved Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series in this dynamic story collection.

In nine short stories, seven of which have never previously been available in print, and one brand-new, never-before-seen Sherlock Holmes mystery - available together for the first time - Laurie R. King blends her long-running brand of crime fiction with historical treats and narrative sleight of hand. At the heart of the collection is a prequel novella that begins with England's declaration of war in 1914. As told in Mary Russell's teenage diaries, the whip-smart girl investigates familial mysteries, tracks German spies through San Francisco, and generally delights with her extraordinary mind - until an unimaginable tragedy strikes.

Here, too, is the case of a professor killed by a swarm of bees; Mrs. Hudson's investigation of a string of disappearing household items - and a lifelong secret; a revealing anecdote about a character integral to The God of the Hive; the story of Mary's beloved uncle Jake and a monumental hand of cards; and a series of postcards in which Mary searches for her missing husband, Sherlock Holmes.

Last but not least, fans will be especially thrilled by Mary's account of her decision, at age 92, to publish her memoirs - and how she concluded that Ms. King should be the one to introduce her voice to the world.

©2016 Laurie R. King (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Exquisite as usual.

It is so enjoyable to have these stories that flesh out the life that Mary Russell and Holmes shared together. And with each Laurie King novel or short story i am once again delighted with the humor and wit of Mary Russell.
And Jenny Sterlin, THE voice of Mary Russell. May it always be thus.

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Fine for fans of the series

The stories are of varying length and interest but fans will enjoy them. You may have heard some of them, such as The Marriage of Mary Russell, which were issued separately. Jenny Sterlin is excellent as always.

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She's done it again

I've read all the Mary Russell books and was thrilled to see this one! Another wonderful collaboration of author and reader.....can't wait for the next one!

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Another great read!

I love these stories and this was no different. My only criticism is that in one of the stories, Sherlock Holmes is supposed to be 132 years old. I know he's amazing but come on...

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  • Lisa
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  • 11-30-16

great way to fill in the blanks on the characters

loved the variety of the stories and the detail. wish there were more stories in the book

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basically a rehash of past books...

to which I've already listened (and enjoyed ). really did not disclose THAT much new information. .. love Laurie King tho' and would purchase any new Mary Russell writings in a hot minute.

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Don't let collection fool you

These are the best of Holmes and Russell's personal mysteries. Plus Father Christmas!!! Enjoy. Recorded with mutiple talents' voices where appropriate.

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More please....

I just wish there were more of these side stories about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.

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Love Everything About These Short Stories

Jenny Sterling is a master voice artist. She dates me into Laurie R King's stories and doesn't let me go until the very last sentence.

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So exceptional!

I would have easily given this 5 stars, but I I'm not really in favor of Sherlock Holmes having a child out of wedlock. This just does not seem to fit with the Persona from his Conan Doyle stories. Otherwise I love the interaction between Russell and Holmes, and I love listening to these stories