Mary Russell’s War and Other Stories

A collection of my shorter memoirs will be released this month in the United States, in the electronic form on Tuesday, to be followed by a paper format later in the month. (The UK version will follow somewhat later this autumn, apologies for the delay.)  I hope you enjoy the stories in this collection, I find it nice to have them all together in one volume at last. The dates and events … [Read more...]

“Mary Russell’s War & other stories”

Russell's War cover

Those of you who have enjoyed my shorter pieces over the years, as well as those of you who have not been able to read them for lack of an electronic reader, will be pleased to hear that my editor and literary agent, Laurie R. King, is publishing an anthology of the collected stories, titled Mary Russell’s War and Other Stories of Suspense.  It will be published as an e-book and as in paper, … [Read more...]

Memoir publication day

Murder UK low res

Today marks the publication of my fourteenth full-length Memoir, which bears the rather whimsical title of The Murder of Mary Russell. One supposes that my audience is intended to speculate that, if I was murdered in 1925, who then has been posting here and on Twitter? It is indeed an interesting conundrum, and one that reading the current Memoir may help to solve. I trust, and hope, that … [Read more...]

Becoming a ghost

Long, long ago, a quite real man, Sherlock Holmes, was gradually edged into a state of fictionalisation by his flat-mate and partner, John Watson.  By the time I met Holmes in 1915, his story-land identity had come to the fore.  People would laugh (a trifle uncomfortably) at the idea that he might indeed be the Sherlock Holmes. This ghostly identity, this uncertain boundary between truth and … [Read more...]

A Marriage is announced

Since the first of my memoirs (The Beekeeper’s Apprentice) was published in 1994, I have been in debate—with my literary agent, Ms King; with myself; and most of all, with my husband—over the boundaries between a public life and one’s need for privacy.  I understand that many prominent individuals bitterly regret ever opening up their lives to others, however, this has not been my overall … [Read more...]