Piratical Shenanigans

Those of you looking forward to the publication of the next volume of my memoirs may enjoy reading an early excerpt from each of the upcoming volumes, which have just been posted onto the site of my literary agent, Laurie R. King. A piece of the “novella” Beekeeping for Beginners (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/etcetera/beekeeping-for-beginners-2011) can be found here (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/book-excerpts/beekeeping-for-beginners), while the beginning of September’s Pirate King (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/mary-russell/pirate-king-2011) is here (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/book-excerpts/pirate-king).

Beekeeping for Beginners (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/etcetera/beekeeping-for-beginners-2011) will be available as an e-book on July 6, and may be pre-ordered here (http://www NULL.randomhouse NULL.com/book/214477/beekeeping-for-beginners-short-story-by-laurie-r-king/9780345529930). It will be available in a print version later in the year. Pirate King (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/mary-russell/pirate-king-2011) will be available in all formats—print, e-book, and audio—in the US, and in print in the UK, on September 6 and 12th, respectively.

In addition, those of you who take pleasure in the sillier forms of literary entertainment might wish to keep an eye on Ms King’s page concerning the “piratical shenanigans” (as she terms it) leading up to the publication date: the Laurie ARrrgh! King (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/events/ten-weeks-of-laurie-arrgh-king) page.

Mary Russell


  1. Alannah says:

    -Ms. Russell

    I cannot wait to read the next of your memoirs! I count down the days (and when it comes down to it, most likely I will count the hours as well).


    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you, Alannah, for all your comments. As to a name for my collection of memoirs, many readers refer to them as Kanon. A whimsical reference to Ms King as my literary agent, one supposes. Uncle John’s tales of Holmes are called canon by his readers.

      I think Ms Sterlin does a remarkable job performaing my memoirs. As to how close any of the voices are it doesn’t matter to me. She brings the words alive and endows each character with a personality that makes her recordings quite enjoyable. The voice she uses for Holmes has his high pitch and his often sardonic tone. As to my voice, I think her representation is excellent.

      The e-Novella will be released July 6th and “The Pirate King” will come out in September. You can also follow me on twitter (@mary_russell) where I exchange tweets with my readers. I hope you continue to enjoy reading my memoirs.


      Mary Russell

  2. laura says:

    Hello, Ms. Russell,
    I have fallen in love with your story, though it is easy to say it was almost an accident i read it. I picked a book from random off of my summer reading list because the books i was going to recieve weren’t available. May i say it was the best choice in reading i have made in awhile!
    What’s it like living with sherlock? Does he annoy you with his early violin playing or round the clock pipe smoking?

    • Mary Russell says:

      As I’ve related in my memoirs, life with Sherlock Holmes is never dull. We are both very independent people and neither of us needs or wants cosseting, but we seem to need each other in the way of a strong and abiding partnership. Which, after all, marriage is as it constitutes the ultimate partnership.

      I’m pleased you found my memoirs and have enjoyed them, as I hope you will enjoy “Beekeeping for Beginners” the story of our meeting from Holmes’ POV.

      Mary Russell

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