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A Monstrous Regiment of Women


Second in Laurie King's acclaimed Mary Russell mystery series: 'Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels...civilized, ingenious and engrossing' ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500

Very enjoyable

by chaletx on Mar 18, 2011

I normally don't care for books that build upon other fictional characters, but this series, based on the young woman who is the wife of Sherlock Holmes, is excellent and well worth reading. There is not much attempt to change the established character of Holmes, but rather to create a new fictional character, Mary Russell, who complements and enhances Holmes' abilities with her own. The story lines are complex and interesting, and the attention to detail of the era and places in which the plots are set is meticulous and complete. I recommend them all without reservation.


Loved the first one, but not this one

by 7pagodas on Nov 25, 2010

The characters are interesting, but, in my opinion, the story moved too slowly. I liked the premise, I enjoyed the first book, but this one just didn't hold my interest. After Holmes found his protege in the streets of London and took her back to one of his safe houses, I made up my own ending and gave the book away. I suspect the author was just trying to make the book accessible to someone who hadn't read the first one. Maybe number three moves faster.

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