The secret reading of Sherlock Holmes


Since the days when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was first producing “his” stories about my husband, other writers have been publishing stories that claim to be true tales of Sherlock Holmes.  A variation on that theme has developed from the editorial efforts of my literary agent, Laurie R. King and her colleague Leslie S. Klinger—namely, stories that are not direct pastiches, but are rather … [Read more...]

My War


A series of juvenilia is appearing as an ongoing series of posts on the blog of my literary agent, Laurie R. King.  Each Monday, she adds one more of the weekly journal posts I kept a century ago, beginning with the declaration of War in August, 1914.  Reading it is an occasionally amusing, sometimes painful, evocation of those early months of the Great War, from the perspective of a young … [Read more...]

Mary’s Christmas


My literary agent, Laurie King, has put up for sale an interesting fragment of my distant past, in the form of “Mary’s Christmas”. I had not realised that my Uncle Jake was missing from the Memoirs until Ms King unearthed this manuscript from my files, and I agreed that, despite the criminal references it contains, time was long past for this episode to see the light of day. It is, as … [Read more...]

A New Edition


It is most gratifying that my readers continue to be interested in the memoirs (even if the world persists in regarding them as fiction!) Thus today’s publication of a Twentieth Anniversary Edition of the first Memoir, which was given the title The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, and a subtitle drawn from Holmes’ work on the apiary arts: Or, on the Segregation of the Queen. My literary editor, … [Read more...]

My Readers’ Talents


Ms King has asked me to draw attention to her annual library contest, the subject of which this year is the rather presumptuous: “How The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Changed my Life.” When I protested that the underlying assumption was a bit, as the British term has it, cheeky, she agreed to an alternative: “When I First Met Mary Russell, She…” Ms King is happy to take a … [Read more...]