Second in Laurie King's acclaimed Mary Russell mystery series: 'Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels...civilized, ingenious and engrossing' - Literary Review In this the riveting sequel to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Mary Russell has metamorphosed from able apprentice to skilled detective in her own right. After a tedious visit from relatives, Mary is looking for respite in London when she comes across a friend from Oxford. The young woman introduces Mary to the enigmatic Margery Childe, leader of the New Temple of God, a charismatic sect involved in the post-World War One suffrage movement, with a feminist slant on Christianity. Intrigued and curious, Mary begins to wonder if the New Temple is a front for something more sinister. When a series of murders claims members of the movement's wealthy young female volunteers, Mary, with Holmes in the background, starts to investigate, but events spiral out of control as the situation becomes ever more desperate, and Mary's search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced...
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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.From the Back Cover:
The dawn of 1921 finds Mary Russell, Sherlock Holmes's brilliant young apprentice, about to come into a considerable inheritance. Nevertheless, she still enjoys her nighttime prowls in disguise through London's grimy streets, where one night she encounters an old friend, now a charity worker among the poor. Veronica Beaconsfield introduces Russell to the New Temple of God, a curious amalgam of church and feminist movement, led by the enigmatic, electrifying Margery Childe. Part suffragette, part mystic, she lives quite well for a woman of God from supposedly humble origins. Despite herself, Russell is drawn ever deeper into Childe's circle. When Veronica has a near-fatal accident -- and turns out to be the fourth bluestocking in the group to meet with misadventure after changing her will -- Russell and Holmes launch a quiet investigation. But the Temple may bring the newly rich Russell far closer to heaven than she would like....
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Book Description Collins Crime, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. This is a signed, fine, first edition, first impression in a fine dust wrapper. There are no marks or inscriptions of any kind. The only writing is Miss King’s neat signature to the title page. The text block is tight and square with very slight age toning to the edges (a result of the very poor quality paper used for books of this vintage). The blue boards are pristine as is the gilt lettering to the spine. The unclipped dust wrapper is complete with no tears or marks. The colours are vibrant; the original price of £15.99 remains. The dust wrapper is now protected by a removable, acid free acetate sleeve. The book presents as new and almost certainly unread. This is the second novel in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series from this talented and multi award winning author. Miss King’s first novel (‘A Grave talent’) won the John Creasey Memorial Award and the Edgar Award for Best First Crime Novel. Many recognitions of her work have followed including being long listed for the 1997 ‘Orange Prize’. ‘A Monstrous Regiment of Women’ continues the unlikely partnership between the aging detective and the precocious fifteen year old Mary Russell. In this ripping yarn they do battle with a secretive and, as it turns out, dangerous religious sect; marvellous story telling that lead to a further twelve novels featuring the duo. The only signed copy of this volume we have handled it is a rarity that will enhance any library or collection. The images you see are high resolution photographs of the actual book you will receive. It will be dispatched via The Royal Mail in protective packaging. We do not charge postage to buyers within the UK. Those from outside the UK are asked to contact us before purchasing. We offer a 7 day no quibble full refund if the item is not as described and shown. Extra images are available on request. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1287