A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell Mystery 2)

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9780006514947: A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell Mystery 2)

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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‘Crime fiction’s most unlikely but utterly credible romance… Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years’
Val McDermid

‘Brilliantly written’
T. J. Binyon, Evening Standard (of The Birth of a New Moon)

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In 'A Monstrous Regiment of Women', the riveting sequel to 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice', Mary Russell (able apprentice detective to the great but ageing Sherlock Holmes)is becoming a skilled sleuth 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 her current enthusiasm, the strange and enigmatic Margery Childe, leader of 'The New Temple of God'. It appears to be a charismatic sect involved in the post-World War movement. 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 and principal contributors, Mary, with Holmes in the background, starts to investigate, but events spiral out of control as the situation becomes even more desperate, and Mary's search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced…

'A Monstrous Regiment of Women' is a fascinating and beautifully observed novel from the award-winning writer Laurie King.

"One of the most literate and gifted writers the mystery world has seen for some time".
Val McDermid

"If there is a new P.D. James…I would put my money on Laurie King".
'Boston Globe'

'The Bee Keeper's Apprentice' by Laurie R. King

"A carnival of sheer delight…the novel builds to a rousing climax, riveting and suspenseful".
'Chicago Sun Times'

"A tantalising novel, both for the intelligence and charm of the flirtation as well as for the intrigue of the plot".
'San Francisco Chronicle'

"Delightful…King has created a fitting partner for the Great Detective".
'Publishers News'

"Worthy and welcome, with power to charm the most grizzled Baker Street Irregular".
'New York Daily News'

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