January 26, 2010

Meet Mary Russell – Woman Detective

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:35 am by lbrosch

I just recently discovered a great mystery series featuring a strong minded, intelligent young woman named Mary Russell. She becomes an apprentice to the famous Sherlock Holmes during World War I in England. They soon begin to solve new cases and end up in serious trouble, of course, having to solve a mystery that involves saving their own lives. You can’t help but fall in love with the character of Russell who is struggling with a difficult past, trying to find her place in life as a developing teenager with a brilliant mind. She is far from your average teenager. The background of England during the World War I time period seems very historically accurate and adds to the tension of the story.  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the first book of the series which is followed by many more adventures of Mary and Sherlock. The following quote is an example of the eloquent writing style of Laurie R. King: “This was, however, 1915, and if  the better classes clasped to themselves a semblance of the old order, it did little more than obscure the chaos beneath their feet. During the war the very fabric of English society was picked apart and rewoven. Necessity dictated that women work outside the home, be it their own or that of their employers’, and so women put on men’s boots and took control of trams and breweries, factories and fields. Upper-class women signed on for long stretches nursing in the mud and gore of France or, for a lark put on smocks and gaiters and became Land Girls during the harvest. “

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