In The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Laurie R. King came up with a completely original story that had Sherlock Holmes as one of its principal characters but was in no way part of the Holmes canon. The focus of that book was a young woman, Mary Russell. Now in A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Mary Russell's adventures as a student of the famous detective continue. A series of murders claims members of a strange suffrage organization's wealthy young female volunteers, and Mary, with Holmes in the background, investigates, little knowing what danger she personally faces.
Laurie R. King is also the author of the Edgar Award-winning novel A Grave Talent.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful: solid followup to the beekeeper's apprentice, August 30, 2003 Reviewer: audrey_the_librarian from boston, ma united states It is 1921, England is still adjusting to life after World War I, and in her second outing from the pen of talented writer Laurie King, Mary Russell has moved on to studies at Oxford. Her relationship with Holmes is necessarily changing, and a renewed friendship has involved her in a women's organization with a charismatic and mysterious leader. Mary is intrigued. So are we. Author King writes with a sure and steady hand, weaving interesting historical detail effortlessly into a fine tale. More importantly, she writes Sherlock Holmes exceedingly fine. Conversations between the two are the highlights of the book, which suffers only from too little Holmes. Mary Russell is an admirable heroine, and I look forward to reading her further adventures, but she truly sparkles in dialogue with her mentor. Not just for romantic Holmes-loving bluestockings! Great series.