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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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Not the best Mary Russell book

But it’s still good. Short stories and a repeat of the marriage story. But what I really didn’t like was the story set with Mary at age 92. And yet- Holmes is still alive! So does that make him like 135 years old?

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A lot of retelling

I found this book contained a great deal of stories already told. There were some new information but must of the book was excerpt from previous novels.

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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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This is a fantastic way to bring it all together a

Being brought up to date from Mary's birth, to her meeting of Sherlock by just missing stepping on him in a field , was a very fulfilling. ( if not also an entertaining experience). I find great satisfaction and joy in reading these books and still go back to reread or relisten to favorites!

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Had to stop listening.....boring

I have listened to just about every book in the Mary Russell series and rate them overall as good 4s. This is by far the worst. The poker story was pleasant enough, otherwise I tried to listen but it was more of a diary entry reading than stories that flowed. I finally had to quit. I think this book should be offered as a free issue for the fans of this series that want to know a little more about her. I found out more about her brothers personality and it was a little more in depth about when she met Sherlock. But, overall I was very disappointed. I may ask for my money back on this one.

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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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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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Wonderful

Glorious short Mary Russell stories that fill in much of the background to the books.