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 experience.  Granted, there have been exceptions (for example, those described in “My Story,” which bears the subtitle, “The Case of the Ravening Sherlockians”) but apart from those, most of those who read my Memoirs have proved respectful of an old woman’s unwillingness to open her entrails to public scrutiny.

Thus, as I said in my last post, the trust this has engendered brought me to reciprocate, and give over to Ms King a manuscript I had formerly withheld. It concerns the marriage ceremony between Holmes and myself, in the spring of 1921, to which in the past I had made but the vaguest of references.

“The Marriage of Mary Russell” (Holmes was quite willing for his name to be left out) is available as an electronic short story today, on one’s from Kindle (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/The-Marriage-Mary-Russell-featuring-ebook/dp/B01BRFLLPE) or Nook (http://www NULL.barnesandnoble NULL.com/w/the-marriage-of-mary-russell-laurie-r-king/1123424496), with the British edition soon to come.  And, possibly, a paper version towards the end of the year.

Comments

  1. Patricia A. McKnight says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed “The Marriage of Mary Russell” and appreciate it for filling the gap between “Dreaming Spies,” ( which I enjoyed the most of all this very interesting series) and the next book in the series. I have been waiting patiently for months and the hours until April 5 seem longer and longer not shorter and shorter. The teaser at the end of “The Marriage of Mary Russell” for “The Murder of Mary Russell” make them seem even longer! Congratulations Laurie King. You know exactly how to make the suspenseful wait even more so.

  2. Emily Hornaday says:

    Dear Ms. King;

    I am thrilled that your client decided to leave you this marvelous manuscript, and that you decided to publish it. It provided reality where there had only been rank speculation about a much mused upon subject by Miss Russell’s avid fans. It also added a surprising depth and richness to the true character of Miss Russell and her legendary husband, and the nature of their union. Frankly, I am surprised that Miss Russell agreed to write it and turn it over to you for publication. I rather imagine that as a savvy literary agent, you knew the intrinsic interest there would be regarding this glaringly overlooked topic, and exerted respectful and subtle pressure on Miss Russell to make it public. Bravo!

  3. Wade Taylor says:

    Dear Ms. Russell,

    I will have to buy “The Marriage of Mary Russell. The last Memoir I bought to date was “Dreaming Spies.” Parts of occurred before and after “Locked Rooms.” I have all the memoirs released in Audible format up to “Dreaming Spies.”. The events of your life with Mr. Holmes is anything but dull. I your written work to be mind candy.

    I know the memoirs were not released in chronological order. Before I ask you to create a chronological list, is there already a list of the events of your life with Mr. Holmes. I do not feel comfortable using your first names without your permission.

    🙂 Wade.

  4. phi long (http://sanday NULL.com NULL.vn) says:

    Thus, as I said in my last post, the trust this has engendered brought me to reciprocate, and give over to Ms King a manuscript I had formerly withheld. It concerns the marriage ceremony between Holmes and myself, in the spring of 1921, to which in the past I had made but the vaguest of references.

  5. Wes Williams (http://none) says:

    Ms. Russell,
    I’m wondering, over the years if you have purchased a new pipe(s) for Mr. Holmes, and which makers you have
    chosen? I realize that “the oily clay”, “cherry wood”, and “non-descript briar” are vague enough.
    I hope that you would enlighten me as to the vexing question, What brand of (tobacco) pipe would Sherlock Holmes
    purchase?
    Anyway, I pray all is well with you both. I am enjoying your memoirs many times over.
    Wes Williams

  6. Claiborne Ray says:

    If I wanted to visit areas of Suffolk associated with you and your husband, with no intention to intrude, what villages or towns would you suggest as destinations? Is there anywhere that would, for example, give a view of the countryside and seaside cliffs?

    • Mary Russell says:

      Actually, Holmes and I reside in Sussex, not Suffolk. The South Downs Walk is a lovely way to see the countryside as it wonders along the cliffs and has fine overlooks of the sea. Lewes is the nearest town of any size, and I’m quite fond of the village of Alfriston.

      MRH

  7. Wes Williams says:

    Ms. Russell, I hope that you might describe the return trip from California in LR, as you and Mr. Holmes travelled across America to New York? for passage back home to Sussex. (prior to DS) anything of interest or side trips along your journey? may possibly be a printed edition/addition to your memoirs someday?
    Blessings of the New Year.

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