A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Paperback)
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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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Mary Russell is the brilliant young assistant to an ageing Sherlock Holmes, and rapidly becoming a detective in her own right in this, the sequel to King's compelling book The Beekeeper's Apprentice. It is 1920 and, on a visit to London dressed in men's clothes, she runs into an old Oxford pal who introduces her to Margery Childe, a charismatic speaker who combines the Suffragette language with a feminist slant on Christianity in her movement, 'The New Temple of God'. But when rich female volunteers turn up dead, Mary and Holmes begin to suspect foul play. King deftly draws a convincing 1920s London dotted with traumatised young men back from the trenches and women struggling to define a new role. Gripping reading. (Kirkus UK)
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