Monday, April 24, 2017

Sherlock, anyone?

I know there are many fans of the traditional adventures of Sherlock.  However, one of my favorite contemporary authors of the much beloved character is Laurie R. King. However, bringing up Sherlock is a little misleading.  The books are actually about someone else with Sherlock as a secondary character. She starts her series of books with The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and a happily retired Sherlock. King introduces us to young Mary Russell. A very bright, inquisitive young woman who is living with relatives after her parents have been killed. King's novels actually are a study of young Mary and her tutorship conducted by Sherlock and look a their building relationship.  King takes great care in her research and each novel has something different to offer. Never believe that since Sherlock is older and retired and a secondary character that he is slowing down.  Their adventures are exciting and dangerous.  King's novels will delight and entertain.  She allows us to accompany Mary and Sherlock all around the world in disguise and as known. Her latest installment gives us a little background on dear Mrs. Hudson. For me, The Murder of Mary Russell allows us a better look into the beloved housekeeper and how she came to be such an important mainstay in their lives.  As with all series, I have  favorite titles and not so favorites.  I encourage anyone who loves good literary novels that include a little suspense to please pick up these books. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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