Release of the E-Novella “Beekeeping For Beginners”

Dear friends, forgive me for venturing a reminder that the short volume of Russell memoirs with the rather whimsical title Beekeeping for Beginners is available now through a number of electronic book sellers: a page with that information for those in the US can be found HERE (http://www NULL.randomhouse and if you are in the UK you can access the information from the UK publisher’s page HERE (http://www NULL.allisonandbusby

Beekeeping For Beginners (http://www NULL.laurierking ) is, as mentioned, the story of how Sherlock Holmes and I first met, and offers an interesting alternative version to how I remember the events as described in my memoir, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, an excerpt can be read HERE (http://www NULL.laurierking

Also, those of you who receive the Laurie R. King newsletter will be able to read the second excerpt of the upcoming Pirate King. Those of you not on her newsletter list will be able to read it on her web site this Monday. Perhaps I should point out that she is also giving away books and copies of the “motion picture” poster to people on her newsletter list, and that if you are interested in either winning one of those drawings, or just wish to receive the newsletter you can register at (http://www NULL.laurierking


  1. all three (http://www NULL.facebook says:

    keep up this good work. Excellent post

  2. Alannah says:

    Thank you! It was a delightful read!

  3. B. Harris says:

    Hello again! I was proud of myself for purchasing, and reading “Beekeeping for beginners” on-line with the teaser of the beginning of “Pirate King”. I’ve just spend about 20 minutes trying to find where “I” (meaning the computer) put it. It was an interesting read, since I was interested in how Mr Holmes’ might have a different perspective and I just couldn’t wait for my fellow Mary Russell devotees to read & discuss. Well, I am not so pleased with myself since I must have saved it in a very strange way. Anyway, thank you for the e-novella, your stories always make me feel like I am right there! I understand how Mr.Holmes wanted to be useful but felt like the world was changing too fast and he might not be able to keep up. I had mentioned in another e-mail that Mr Holmes and Mr Spock (from the original/best Star Trek) would be kindred spirits–logic is still needed, although a sense of humor is helpful too. In 1915, a teenager (like Mary) could go by train to London for her legal affairs and be expected to return safely (I am glad that Mr Holmes was watching out for her!!)–I am confident I will re-discover my e-novella, and am looking forward to Pirate King!!!!!

    • Mary Russell says:

      I am pleased that you enjoyed reading “Beekeeping For Beginners.” I hope you locate where you “put” the e-novella. Computers are wonderful and frustrating all at the same time. I rely on one of Patrick’s great-grandsons to sort out my computer problems.


      Mary Russell

  4. pug says:

    hello mrs russell,
    I am beyond excited to hear Holmes half of the story-just beyond excited! Tell him i said hello and congrats on the book. I could be considered one among those mentioned in the excerpt i found, a “fan” with “too much time on my hands and too many penny-dreadful novels on my shelves”
    where can i get beekeeping for beginners in book or computer-readable format? I do not have an e-reader
    Thank you so much

    • Mary Russell says:

      “Beekeeping For Beginners” is currently only in e-form, but there are free applications that one can download to a computer and then you will be able to download the E-novella and read it off you computer screen. Ms King went over this in detail in one of her Mutterings Blogs. It was on or about 6 July — you can look it up at: (http://www NULL.laurierking


  5. blogging guide (http://siegmunddoria0262 NULL.tumblr says:

    Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read.

    Many thanks for sharing!

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