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...]

The Illustrated Russell & Holmes

Dreaming Haiku

A portfolio of art works that illustrate my adventures with Holmes is now available from my literary agent and editor, Laurie R. King.  The portfolio comprises ten pieces that she has composed with others over the years, and includes a lovely and heretofore unseen illustrated haiku couplet, celebrating the upcoming publication (February 17) of my memoir, Dreaming Spies.  The complete set of … [Read more...]

About Dreaming Spies

Those readers anticipating the upcoming publication of my memoir that is being called “Dreaming Spies” may like to follow the descriptions of my literary agent, Laurie R. King.  As usual, she presents herself as the actual author of the books, hence approaching the material as if it were research.  An amusing conceit, I think you will agree.  Her blog posts are here. … [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...]