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4.00011355893709 out of 54.00011355893709 out of 54.00011355893709 out of 54.00011355893709 out of 54.00011355893709 out of 5 4.00 (8,806 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Russell Mysteries Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781427251503
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Winner of the Nero Wolfe Award

It is 1921 and Mary Russell--Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology--is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective. Russell's attentions turn to the New Temple of God and its leader, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw on the young theology scholar is irresistible. But when four bluestockings from the Temple turn up dead shortly after changing their wills, could sins of a capital nature be afoot? Holmes and Russell investigate, as their partnership takes a surprising turn in A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind and as well as his heart. . . . Superb. The Washington Post Book World

  • As audacious as it is entertaining and moving . . . What gives Laurie R. King's books such a rich and original texture is the character of Mary--totally believable in her own right, a tall and gangling orphan with a restless intellect and a great store of moral and physical courage. Chicago Tribune
  • Mary Russell makes a triumphant return. . . . Thoroughly enjoyable. Booklist
  • Extraordinary . . . A delight. The Washington Times

  • “The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind and as well as his heart…Superb.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “As audacious as it is entertaining and moving…What gives Laurie R. King’s books such a rich and original texture is the character of Mary—totally believable in her own right, a tall and gangling orphan with a restless intellect and a great store of moral and physical courage.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Extraordinary…A delight.”

    Washington Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 2/16/2014

    " Good book, kept me interested, but not my favorite in the series. I had kind of guessed the ending which is kind of rare for LRK books with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana Baker | 2/14/2014

    " This is actually book #3. Read "O Jerusalem" first1 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 2/6/2014

    " Implausible fun. Three and a half stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/5/2014

    " Less Holmes, more Russell, which is good. More spirituality, less action, which is okay. More malice, less comfort, which made for a tough read. And let's just say I don't love the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Thompson | 1/13/2014

    " Fun. Not the best literature out there, but it was a quick, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat De | 1/13/2014

    " I'm getting hooked on this series. They are a fast read and I always love a mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/2/2014

    " What a great series this is! I will read them all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Asp | 12/22/2013

    " I think I prefer the format of one complete mystery rather than a set of them which was how "The Beekeepers Apprentice" was written. I enjoyed this very much and am well and truly hooked on the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 12/18/2013

    " Will save this for anyone in the Ephrata Book group who wants to read the 2nd in the Mary Russel series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ticia | 11/30/2013

    " I actually enjoyed this second book in the series more than the first, which is really saying something! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Hokenstad | 9/4/2013

    " I was drawn into the conversations regarding the feminine images of Gof framed biblically. Like, Mary, I am trained theologian. This was good, good work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/8/2013

    " same as beekeepers apprentice. a slow start but a fabulous end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Frye | 5/22/2013

    " This is not a complicated or especially challenging book. But it's a good mix of Nancy Drew-woman-solves-things, feminist pronouncements, and campy romance that I really enjoyed it. I imagine the author wanted it to be taken quite seriously, but I took it more as a very enjoyable light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patriciaajaramillo | 4/25/2013

    " I actually enjoyed book 2 more than book 1. The staff at BookPeople recommended this series and they are a nice escape! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Sammis | 2/13/2013

    " Also read on a train. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrieuoregon | 9/25/2012

    " I'm enjoying this series. I'm not sure if the mystery is necessary, or just to further our understanding of the characters. Intriguing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aizel sulinap | 8/9/2012

    " this Sherlock Holmes- stories is really addicting....:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bekka | 1/22/2012

    " 3 1/2 stars - I didn't enjoy this second installment of the Mary Russell mysteries quite as much, although its still pretty good. It was a bit too theological for my taste. The mystery and the action were fun, as was the romance. We'll have to see what the next one brings! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 7/19/2011

    " This paled in comparison to the first book of the series. It was still fairly interesting, but with none of the power of the first book to draw the reader in and keep her their. One I could easily pick up and put down again. I do like the historical aspect of these books. Fascinating time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knitme23 | 7/12/2011

    " This Russell/Holmes story was downright zippy! The chapter headings were fascinating, and the story was interesting and unpredictable. Maybe my favorite so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 6/26/2011

    " Second book in the sequence. Not as strong as the first, but still interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 6/24/2011

    " This was a bit up and down for me, but I still loved the main characters. And, it was entertaining enough to pull me right along. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/27/2011

    " Second in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. I want to read more... these are fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MDNewbie | 5/20/2011

    " I'm finally getting around to reading the 2nd book of the Mary Russell series. I'm on a Sherlock Holmes kick right now as anyone who knows me can tell you. Anyhow, I jumped right into this book and am enjoying it. Love the way Laurie King writes and love the characters Sherlock and Mary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 5/17/2011

    " Number two in the Mary Russell series about an aging Sherlock Holmes and his young feamle "apprentice," Mary. It was a fast and fun read. There was a lot of feminist theology in this volume and it made me want to search the Bible to check for some of the references made. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/16/2011

    " Maybe more like 3 1/2 stars, or maybe The Beekeeper's Apprentice is more like 4 1/2 stars. This wasn't as good to me as its predecessor, I suspect because of some of the meandering about spirituality. If Russell could make up her mind about such things, I'd probably have liked it better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/3/2011

    " What a great series this is! I will read them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ambure "CrazyRedheadChick" | 4/27/2011

    " My least favorite Russell/Holmes book, but the ending's great. ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 4/19/2011

    " Really wanted to like this one, but it didn't really keep my attention. Seems the author had difficulty with this story and it never really gelled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/12/2011

    " Loved it! Read it all in one go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eciroli | 4/11/2011

    " I honestly thought the book was mediocre. Mary Russell is annoyingly full of herself, and the fact that she is sexually attracted to Holmes, who is almost 40 years her senior is just creepy. I was glad when I finally finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/27/2011

    " The 2nd of author Laurie R. King's books in her Mary Russell series. I'm really enjoying these books, especially with the main character being such a strong, independent woman at the beginning of the twentieth century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 3/26/2011

    " I had to add the category mystery, although I pretty much loathe them. These are definitely the exception to the rule! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/10/2011

    " I am a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, so I was a little apprehensive about this series, but I am really enjoying it so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/27/2011

    " This was just as good as the first book. The story was entertaining and fast-paced and I couldn't put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of eight Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.