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
--T. J. Binyon, Evening Standard (of The Birth of a New Moon)
From the Back Cover
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".
"If there is a new P.D. James…I would put my money on Laurie King".
'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".
"Worthy and welcome, with power to charm the most grizzled Baker Street Irregular".
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'New York Daily News'