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A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2015
I didn't enjoy this sequel to the bee keeper's apprentice as much as I had hoped. Mary Russell's incarceration was not pleasant reading and certainly no entertaining.
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on 5 April 2007
Whilst in London, Mary Russell, apprentice detective to the great Sherlock Holmes, comes across a friend from Oxford. The young woman introduces Mary to the strange and enigmatic Margery Childe, leader of `The New Temple of God', which appears to be a sect involved in the post-World War One suffrage movement, with a feminist slant on Christianity. 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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the second book in the series of Mary Russell novels and although I hadn't read the first book, 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice', it didn't really seem to matter.

Mary Russell is about to turn twenty-one and gain her inheritance and her freedom. She seems to follow a fairly unconventional life for a woman in Victorian England; frequently dressing as a young man and striding fearlessly into dangerous situations. She also has an unlikely friendship and working relationship with Sherlock Holmes who makes appearances throughout the book.

Mary is in London when she runs into an old university friend who takes her to 'The New Temple of God'; an organisation run by women who do charitable works for children and deprived women. It is there that she meets the charismatic Margery Childe. However, Mary's involvement becomes an investigating role, when several of the women involved with the temple are murdered.

I enjoyed this novel, it's light and atmospheric but I was hoping the Holmes would feature a bit more than he does. Still worth a read though.
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on 12 July 2014
A great read will read it again
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on 21 May 2014
I loved this one. It was another exciting story from Laurie R. King.
I knew I was in for a good read from the very first page.
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on 5 August 2014
I loved this book, especially as I am now well into Mary Russell and her ways. In this one the Holmes/Russell partnership takes on a deeper collaboration which is entirely believable. I hope that the author does not stop now.
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on 20 July 2015
another enjoyable story of mary and sherlock, this story could be set at any time being about a 'religious' type cult.
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on 10 July 2015
Very interesting story, would recommend author and series
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on 27 October 2014
Great fun and it makes you believe in the characters
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on 14 September 2014
Brilliant, thoughtful, insightful and surprising
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