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Laurie R. King

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Edgar-winning mystery writer Laurie R. King writes series and standalone novels. Her official forum is
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King's most recent novel The Bones of Paris sees Touchstone's Harris Stuyvesant and Bennett Grey find the darkness beneath the light of 1929 Paris. In the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, a brilliant teen becomes student, then partner to the great detective. [click here for an excerpt of The Beekeeper's Apprentice] The Kate Martinelli series follows an SFPD detective's cases on a female Rembrandt, a holy fool, and more. [Click for an excerpt of A Grave Talent]

King lives in northern California, which serves as backdrop for some of her books.

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The English countryside is as studded with gems as a royal tiara. It would be a lifetimes work to see all the castles, manor houses, religious houses, garden follies, historical buildings, and the restand thats before one adds gardens, archaeological sites, and actual natural beauties onto the list. Now, I appreciate the big names on […]
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Average rating: 4.03 · 190,035 ratings · 15,532 reviews · 43 distinct works · Similar authors
The Beekeeper's Apprentice ...
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 38,951 ratings — published 1994 — 50 editions
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A Monstrous Regiment of Wom...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 13,403 ratings — published 1995 — 32 editions
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O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 10,827 ratings — published 1999 — 20 editions
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A Letter of Mary (Mary Russ...
3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 10,696 ratings — published 1996 — 28 editions
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The Language of Bees (Mary ...
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 9,141 ratings — published 2009 — 17 editions
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Locked Rooms (Mary Russell,...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 8,780 ratings — published 2005 — 22 editions
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The Moor (Mary Russell, #4)
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 9,469 ratings — published 1998 — 27 editions
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The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 8,083 ratings — published 2004 — 21 editions
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Justice Hall (Mary Russell,...
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 7,896 ratings — published 2002 — 21 editions
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More books by Laurie R. King…
The Beekeeper's Apprentice A Monstrous Regiment of Women A Letter of Mary The Moor O Jerusalem Justice Hall The Game
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (14 books)
4.065326851603649 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 138,029 ratings

A Grave Talent To Play the Fool With Child Night Work The Art of Detection
Kate Martinelli (5 books)
3.8624273504273505 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 14,625 ratings

Touchstone The Bones of Paris
Harris Stuyvesant (2 books)
3.609665427509294 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 6,456 ratings

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Laurie R. King

“I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defense I must say it was an engrossing book, and it was very rare to come across another person in that particular part of the world in that war year of 1915.”
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“Eccentricty had flowered into madness.”
Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper's Apprentice


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Stephanie Happy birthday! ♥

message 33: by May

May Thank you for adding me to your friends' list!!! :) May A Noah

message 32: by Lisa

Lisa I LOVED the "Beekeeping for Beginners" short! I liked being able to read a bit of their beginning through Sherlock's POV! Any plans to write more? :)

message 31: by Sophia

Sophia Thank you for accepting my friend request, Laurie! I just finished up Pirate King and Garment of Shadows which were my Christmas pressies from loving family. I love the Mary Russell series and the Kate Martinelli series. I am so glad to have discovered your talented writing and the ability to write complex characters and plots.

Hope your new year is starting off well.

message 30: by 6 Years

6 Years 45,000 Pages Thanks for accepting my friend request, Laurie! You can check out my attempt to read 100 works of classic literature in under 6 years here:

message 29: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Laurie

How lovely to catch up with you here. Thank you so much for Friending me. Will I see you at Bouchercon in Oct?

Savannah Laurie, thank you for the friendship.

message 27: by Kenneth

Kenneth Happy Birthday

message 26: by Abby

Abby Nim Laurie, I was wondering if you would do a story Russell story about Portland or Pendleton Oregon's Underground tunnels. I think that would be an interesting storyline.

message 25: by Pete

Pete Morin Please to meet you, Laurie.

message 24: by Bre

Bre I had to dash to Barnes and Noble before it closed to get the 2nd book in your Holmes series! I imagine I got some looks crouching by the book shelf, (in typical Holmes on a mission pose) and hunting vigourously before I finally found it's hiding spot. The first one threw me into a time warp and I looked up and it was magically past 6 o clock. How did you manage to make Holmes so likable, yet keep his character so true? Thanks for accepting my friend request and for the great read! Brett is my favorite choice for Holmes too.

Stephanie OH wow, thank you for your friend invite! I am honored and touched to be your friend, here or anywhere! I really do love your novels, and cannot wait for more!

Janellyn51 Oh, and, I don't Twitter....If I did that on top of myspace and facebook...well, people might starve!

Janellyn51 I had a really nice time at the Boston Public Public Library last night! I must learn not to pre order on Amazon...They ask me if I want to, and in my bounding enthusiasm to have you latest book hot off the press....but not to have recieved it in time was a bit time it's indy bookseller for me! Anyway....OH BOY!

Alexandria I hope you don't mind, I'm trawling your read-books list for recommendations. (My to-read list is expanding at an alarming rate.) Since you're in Fes, may I recommend Fatema Mernissi's "Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood"?

message 18: by Ann

Ann Stowell Thanks for the friend invite. I love the Mary Russell books and am on my 2nd time through them getting ready for the next one. Can't wait. I hope Audible releases it the same day the books are in the store.

message 17: by Krysia

Krysia Garcia Thanks so much for the friend request!! I love your work! Can't wait until the God of the Hive!! :)

message 16: by Amy

Amy You've reminded me that xmas is over. Time to pay my library fine and check out a new round of books:) I've still got quite a few of yours on request...

message 15: by L.B.B.

L.B.B. Laurie

Thanks so much for the friendship!
I've gotta read your books!
I love Sherlock and Miss Marple.


message 14: by Bradley

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

message 13: by Carol

Carol Hi Laurie,

Just finished Language of Bees and loved it. Didn't want it to end knowing I have to wait for the next one.

message 12: by Rachel

Rachel Hi Laurie,
Thank you for the friend invitation, and greater thanks for your books. Your Mary Russell books are all amongst my absolute favorites, and now that I'm reading the Martinelli books, I see those are wonderful also.
Thanks again,

message 11: by Lisa

Lisa Hi Laurie,
Thanks for the friend invite. I've enjoyed all your books enormously. Congratulations on cracking the NY Times top ten!


message 10: by Robin

Robin Thanks for the offer of friendship. Your Kate Martinelli series are some of my favourite books.

message 9: by Beth

Beth Hi Laurie,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author!
- Beth

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Laurie! I joined in to be your fan! Thanks for the friendship, too.

Jennifer Thanks for the invitation!

A friend of mine recommended Beekeeper's Apprentice last year after I went through a bad breakup, and though I went to it a bit grudgingly, I found the series a balm, and a beautifully built world in which to let my brain have a different kind of exercise than the usual post-split running in circles. Beekeeper's Apprentice especially was a repeated restorative for me, and is a familiar joy that I cheerfully turn back to now that life is on more of an even keel.

So thanks very much for that as well; I'm really looking forward to the next story.

message 6: by Mary

Mary Thank you for the invitation! I am really enjoying the Mary Russell series.

message 5: by Ruth

Ruth Hi Laurie,

Thanks for the invite! I simply adore the Mary Russell mysteries & am so happy the series is continuing!

message 4: by Holly

Holly Hello. Thanks for adding me as a goodreads friend. Love your Mary Russell mysteries. Happy reading and writing!

Merredith Hi Laurie! Yes, I love your books, especially the Mary Russell series, which I recommended to another GoodReads friend a month or so ago. very nice to meet you! :)

message 2: by Anna

Anna Laurie,
Thanks for befriending me. When I wrote that review of your book I never thought it would lead me to being one of your friends on goodreads. Again thanks!

Hi Laurie, I've added O Jerusalem and a few of your other books to my to-read list.

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