Friday, December 18, 2009

Crime Fiction Alphabet: K is for Laurie R. King

All across the Internet, crime fiction bloggers are continuing the Crime Fiction Alphabet. We're now up to the letter "K" -- for my contribution this week, I'd like to turn your attention to detective fiction author Laurie R. King. Her work has been honored multiple times, including an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, a John Creasey Memorial Award from the Crime Writers’ Association, a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack, and a Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes perhaps know King best for the Mary Russell series of historical mysteries set in the early 20th Century -- in which a young Russel teams up with (and, later, marries) the aged great detective.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen/A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Mary Russell Novels)The first book in the series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice opens in 1915 with Holmes, long retired, engaged in a reclusive study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. But when a 15-year-old Jewish-American girl literally stumbles across the retired detective, he is so impressed with young Mary Russell's powers of deduction that he decides to make her an apprentice detective. But soon, the young lady is caught up in an old vendetta against her mentor ...

The Beekeeper's Apprentice was nominated for an Agatha award by Malice Domestic and is on the list of 100 favorite books of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

The series currently stands at nine novels.

Laurie R. King online:
Official website
Facebook profile
Facebook fanpage

Previous letters in the Crime Fiction Alphabet:
Crime Fiction Alphabet: H is for Homicide Trinity
Crime Fiction Alphabet: I is for The Innocence of Father Brown
Crime Fiction Alphabet: J is for P.D. James
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