I should like to welcome you to my web page, the Mary Russell blog. I ought, perhaps, to have created an independent page long ago—suited to an independent woman, one might say—but I find even at my great age, life does not give one as much leisure as one might wish.

However, here it is, and here I am.

I shall not post here with any great frequency, brevity being both the soul of wit and its most congenial packaging. In any event, I am often too taken up with matters academic or investigative to find the time.

When I have something to say, you shall hear from me. In the meanwhile, thank you for reading my memoirs (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/mary-russell), and my literary agent, Laurie R. King will keep you apprised of any further publication ventures she and I might have in mind.

Mary Russell (Holmes)


  1. Donald Meyer (http://chippep NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    Hello, Mary –
    I am delighted to find that I can write you directly. I just discovered that you and Holmes came to San Francisco in search of your past. I was born and raised in The City (as you note), and I am quite familiar with the St. Francis Hotel, the corner of Powell and Post, and the cable cars, though I don’t know what that area looked like back in the twenties. I’m not THAT old. I certainly do love your escapades.

  2. Donald Meyer (http://chippep NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    Hello, Mary –
    I just discovered that you and Holmes came to San Francisco in search of your past. I was born and raised in The City (as you note), and I am quite familiar with the St. Francis Hotel, the corner of Powell and Post, and the cable cars, though I don’t know what that area looked like back in the twenties. I’m not THAT old.

  3. J. Singer says:

    I just want to say thank you for your writing. I’m an audio book fan. I’ve listened to all the Mary Russell books and others. Last I listened to The God of the Hive and currently I’m listening to The Language of Bees. Both are just wonderful–great story, wonderful language and vocabualary, interesting historical details, and thought-inspiring insights into human behavior. Thank you.Thank you. Thank you.

    • Mary Russell says:

      You are very welcome. I’m pleased you enjoy listening to my memoirs. Ms Sterlin does an excellent job with the audio books.

      • Alannah says:

        -Ms. Russell

        I have always wondered how close Ms. Sterlin is to your manner of voice. How close would you say she is? Also, what about Holmes as well?


  4. Yisrael Medad (http://www NULL.myrightword NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:


    I think I found a picture of some of those British military officers you ran into during your adventures in Jerusalem recorded in “O Jerusalem”. Here’s a link to one picture: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2004004545/PP/ (http://www NULL.loc NULL.gov/pictures/item/mpc2004004545/PP/). Will you let me know if you recognize anyone?

    • Mary Russell says:

      Actually I’ve never met General Shea or any of his staff. They do look very much like the delightful young men I flirted with (strictly to obtain information) at a dinner at the American Colony during the case in Palestine. Holmes has never let me forget my bahaviour that night. He was not pleased with the attentions I received from the junior officers, but I did crack the case.

      • a fan of deduction says:

        oh mary your such a flirt some times! I like your humor even if it isnt intended. I love the books about you and your husband and I am just waiting for the book locked rooms my library doesnt have them so we (library) are waiting to get it in soon.

        -Mercedes MF

  5. a fan of deduction says:

    ugh my typing come out wrong. sorry if you can understand it think of it as a bit of a puzzle for your amusement.

    -Mercedes MF

  6. Tom Nichol (http://tomnichol NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    Hello, Miss Russell! I’m sure you’ve heard of the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Shaun Prendergast, which was first around the year 2000. I downloaded all four chapters several times over the years, but, owing to computer-related problems, have lost every copy I had. I was wondering if you might know of a website where I might be able to download them one more time (this time I’ll archive them to CD-ROM!). If there is a fee involved, I’ll gladly pay it, if it isn’t too exorbitant (I’m waiting on government disability here in the States, and it’s taking forever and six months!). Perhaps one of my fellow Sherlockians or Russellians might be able to help. In any event, I do hope that you, Mr. Holmes, Mrs. Hudson, et al., have recovered from the recent garden party. Take care!

    • Mary Russell says:

      As far as I know there are few sites where this is available. You might try doing a google search using BBC 4 radio production + Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

      We have, indeed, recovered from last month’s twitter party, as has Mrs Hudson (who needed a weeks vacation afterwards). Young Will is still trying to clean up and repair the damage done to the lower garden by the camel and the monkey. For the life of me I cannot fathom why guests insist on bringing their odd pets to these gatherings.


  7. An inquiring mind says:

    I am loving the adventures of you and your husband. I am listening to them in order (prefer the audio when available), and up to the “Language of Bees”, but have a question. Is the plane that you took to the Orkneys an enclosed one (I’m thinking this is the case, since you mentioned your ‘conservatory’, but you also mentioned about the pilot talking back at you, so I am thinking you are directly behind him, which makes me think of the open planes with two seats directly beind each other. I don’t see a picture of a similar plane posted on the web site, but perhaps I just haven’t seen it, since I just discovered the site.

    Any clarification would be appreciated!

    • Mary Russell says:

      Yes, the plane has a passenger’s seat behind the pilot. The glass cover made communication difficult, but with handsignals and note pads one could “talk” to the pilot. I don’t know if Ms King has posted a picture of this type of areoplane or not. I will check and if she has one I will post a link for you here.


    • Mary Russell says:

      Ms King forwarded this link to a photograph of the plane on her pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/pin/232498399484186142 (http://pinterest NULL.com/pin/232498399484186142)


  8. Rheayn Holland says:

    Dear Miss Russell:

    I have devoured every book and find them all “fascinating” as a descendent of Holmes is fond of saying in Star Trek VI:
    the Undiscovered Country. However, there seems to be an inconsistency in Garment of Shadows–on page 157, the nurse Peg Taylor states that “A young man whose wife I helped…”. Then on page 165, the narrative states ” At the reminder of the author or his son’s well-being…” Needless to say, I was shocked since your editor doesn’t seem to suffer from the same lack of attention that Holmes’ did. This did liven up the reading.

    Happy sleuthing!


    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you for your comment. I can assure you Holmes is real, Spock is a Television character, so they are not related.


  9. Douglas Cooper says:

    Dear Ms. King,

    I am a fervent fan of Holmes, Jermey Brett, Michael Innes (J.I.M. Stewart), Reverte, etc. In short I am moved only by the truly great minds with an artistry to match. I’ve taken up many attempts to continue the Holmes legacy and put them all down disappointed and sad. Currently on my fourth Mary Russell and couldn’t wait any longer to express my deep admiration and many thanks for your brilliant work.

    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you, but I must point out Ms King is my literary agent, not the author of my memoirs. I hope you continue to enjoy my memoirs.


  10. Susan Tomlinson (http://www NULL.thebikegarden NULL.com) says:

    Delightful books _and_ a blog! Could life be anymore accommodating than that?

    Thank you for your work. I’ve enjoyed the books very much.

  11. Riyam Zaman says:

    Dear Miss Russell,

    First, I must thank you for your memoirs which have very much saved me from utter boredom. Especially during Hurricane Sandy, I feel that your memoirs were brilliantly told and very enjoyable both at my once electricity-ridden home and my now fully functional home. I do have a question for you, however, Miss Russell. I must ask (and I am truly sorry for this very annoying question that surely had been asked at least 4,386 times) if Mrs. Laurie King is currently publishing any more of your past or plan to share more of your memoirs.

    Do say hullo to Mr. Holmes and Mrs. Hudson for me.

    -Riyam Zaman

    • Mary Russell says:

      To date Ms King has assisted me in publishing twelve of my memoirs and one e-novella. We do have plans for another memoir to be published in 2014. I hope that answers your question.

      I will pass on your regards to Holmes and Mrs Hudson.


  12. Cait says:

    Dears … Just letting you know that on Amazon.com, the reviews for Beekeeping for Beginners have gotten crossed with the reviews for the same title by Ernest Agravante. Look at your reviews and compare them to those reviews for his book here: http://www.amazon.com/Beekeeping-For-Beginners-ebook/dp/B005VCFOPI/ref=cm_rdp_product (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Beekeeping-For-Beginners-ebook/dp/B005VCFOPI/ref=cm_rdp_product) Identical! Amazon.com needs to fix that problem! I’ve read almost all of the Mary Russell materials except BfB and Garment… ! I am trying to read other novels in between, and write my own book! — Cait

    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you for the information. I will inform Ms King and the powers that be over marketing. Good luck with your book.


  13. Susan Baker says:

    Dear Mrs. Russell-Holmes,

    I have 2 friends who recently gave birth to a baby girl. They kept her name a secret for several weeks before she was born–appropriately keeping us in suspense–and finally, on the day of her birth, revealed that her name is Russell! Jim and Mary Frances, her parents, are book designers at Burt & Burt studio in Macon, Georgia, and have loved the book and the cover of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice ever since it was published! I have tried to come up with an inspirational gift for her based on their interest in you and the design of the beehives but have been unable to do so. I have a copy of your first memoir that has been enjoyed by several people. I know that this is a little odd, but I was wondering if, perhaps, you would be able to add your signature to its well-worn pages as a gift to her. I understand if there are rules against this sort of thing–after all, you can’t sign every book that is sent to you or else you would have no time to solve mysteries!
    Thank you for your kind consideration!
    Susan Baker

  14. LeAnna Giddings says:

    Dear Ms. Russell,
    I was just reviewing some of my Audible bookmarks of your early works and came across one of my favorite lines from A Letter of Mary. It’s a laugh out loud line (for me at least,) which you think to yourself after attending church with the Colonel:
    “I was positively quivering by the time the Colonel bade his farewells to the few remaining parishioners in the church hall, though whether my reaction was one of suppressed hysterical laughter, or the urge to commit mass ecclesiasticide, I am still unsure.” I love your sense of humor, which always manifests itself at odd moments throughout your work. I continue to enjoy your stories, and look forward to more.

    Yours respectfully,

  15. Nancy Story says:

    I ” listened” to O Jerusalem and was hooked. I have been combing the library for every Mary Russell and Holmes adventure I can get my hands on. The combination of your writing and the narration by Ms. Sterlin transport me to a that magical place between fact and fiction. Thank you so much, I take the recorded books everywhere, in the car, when I’m cooking or doing chores around the house. Unfortunately I find them to distracting while studying for my BA in Interior Design. I will turn 58 upon graduation — don’t know why I told you this.

    Best Regards,


    • Mary Russell says:

      I’m pleased that you did, and that you are enjoying Ms Sterlin’s reading of my memoirs. My best to you as you finish your BA degree.


  16. Marleyma says:

    Hi! I love your memoirs. What is it like being married to someone that is way older than you?

    • Mary Russell says:

      I’m pleased you have enjoyed my memoirs. As to Holmes being older, after WWI there were many marriages such as ours as there were so few young men left for women my age to marry. Holmes and I are well suited as I have related in my memoirs. When one reaches our great age a mere thirty-nine years difference in age makes very little difference.


  17. Wes Williams says:

    Hello Mrs. Holmes,
    I have just become a great enthusiast of your memoirs, though I admit to being rewarded with a lifetime (45 yrs)
    of enjoying the exploits of your celebrated Husband. He was my inspiration to pipe smoking, observation, and
    I hope that I can look forward to as many years with yours.

    His blessings and abundance to you and yours,
    W.E. Williams

    • Mary Russell says:

      Thank you, Mr Williams, and may you have as many more years of reading (and smoking) pleasure.

      • Wes Williams says:

        Ms. Mary,

        Just finished #2, 1/2 way thru #4! you state that a lifetime with Holme was never dull.
        certainly an understatement! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.
        My (well used) Calabash pipe kept company while you hiked thru the Moors.
        A quiet smoke, a good book, a sip of wine, and a bite of cheese.
        *Mogen David Cherry Merlot.
        Best Regards,

  18. Wes Williams says:

    Hello again,
    I apologize for my impatience, but was wondering if you and Holmes ever met Richard Hannay,
    (he may have been more involved with Mycroft’s circle of influence?) or
    during your time at Oxford, got to discuss Theology with C.S. Lewis? I am sure that you have
    seen many changes in the past decades as well as the evolution of police science that all began with
    W.E. Williams

    • Mary Russell says:

      Interesting questions. Richard Hannay was a fictional character, therefore I never met him, nor did Holmes. C.S. Lewis taught at Oxford after I graduated, but our paths did cross and we had some stimulating conversations, often over a pint in the Eagle and Child.
      As to police science, it has certainly advanced exponentially from the foundation that Holmes built in the 19th century. With the development of specialized machines and more sophisticated tests forensic science is making breakthroughs every week.


  19. Sarah says:

    Hi, this is Sarah from Korea
    I’m currently working on a project at school and the topic of my project is to research on how moderns books are influenced by the society today. I am mainly focusing on ‘Sherlock Holmes’ because after reading ‘The Bee Keeper’s Apprentice,’ it felt new and interesting to read such a book that talks about Sherlock Holmes and other characters in original Sherlock Holmes series in different perspective. I hope you don’t mind asking a few questions about your novel. I just want to get some ideas and your own opinions on these questions.

    1. What inspired you to write this book- socially/personally influenced?
    2. Why choosing Sherlock Holmes (out of all the other famous and popular detective characters)?
    3. Do you think moderns books are influenced by modern culture, thoughts, morals?

    • Mary Russell says:

      I can be of little help with your project as I am writing my memoirs. You might consider posing your questions to Ms King on her blog http://www.laurierking (http://www NULL.laurierking) .com/blogs.

  20. Lyndsay says:

    Hullo Mary Russell,

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your memoirs. Your stories were first introduced to me when I was the age you were in your first book; and as a young teenager who had just moved countries (from a childhood in England) the timing was perfect.
    Truly, the stories are delightful and suspenseful. You and Ms. King make an excellent team for conveying the legacy of Sherlock Holmes.

    Thank-you for sharing your stories with the world! Send my regards to Holmes and Mrs. Hudson.


    • Mary Russell says:

      How kind of you to let me know you have enjoyed my memoirs. I’m pleased they were helpful to in your youth and during your move to another country. I will pass on your regards to Holmes and Mrs. Hudson.


  21. Ichijo says:

    Dear Ms.Russell,
    I’m a 15 year old student from Australia. I loved the adventures but mainly the way you spoke in the stories:)
    I found your memoirs in the school library last year and since then I’ve been wondering what should I believe?
    :(I’ve been extremely puzzled, but I don’t believe you are lying.
    If you are real, then I would admire you very much. I learned lots of interesting snippets from you, like bee stings can help with arthritis. But still, your stories are ‘one-of-a-kind’…if they are real then History should e re-written…either way, thank you so much for your stories!


    • Mary Russell says:

      I am pleased you are enjoying my memoirs. As to if I am real, well, I suppose you can decide for yourself. I do this blog, and I do have a twitter feed, twitter.com/ mary_russell. You can follow me on twitter and decide for yourself. I do hope you will continue reading my memoirs, and perhaps the tales written by Uncle John. Do keep in touch.



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

    Dear Ms. Russell,
    I am wondering if you (or Mr. Holmes?) would answer a question for me? Have you purchased a (new) pipe for
    him at any time, as a gift, perhaps,? or has he bought any new ones- the basic question I suppose is “What brand/
    maker of pipe would Sherlock Holmes choose?”
    *Uncle” John’s descriptions of a black oily clay pipe, (if placed in the coals of your fireplace & left overnight-it will be
    burned clean, white as new in the morning.) , a cherrywood, and a non-descript briar are somewhat vague…
    I appreciate any enlightenment.
    An enthusiastic fan, always. (look at “Sam Slick, the clockmaker’s quote on pipesmoking!)
    Wesley Williams

  23. Shreyosy Maiti says:

    Hello Mrs.Holmes,
    It is a great delight to let you know that I am really a big fan of your memoirs. They perfectly portray Sherlock Holmes in the way he would be in his fifties… (In the beekeeper’s apprentice)
    Your novels have materialized the great detective’s life after he went to Sussex… And that of a brilliant, young partner… I am eagerly waiting for reading the rest in the series… I am quite sure they will as amazing as the first one…
    Do you both still live in Sussex ? And please give my regards to Dr.Watson and Mrs.Hudson….

    • Mary Russell says:

      We do indeed live in our cosy cottage in Sussex. You can hear from me daily on twitter here: https://twitter.com/mary_russell (https://twitter NULL.com/mary_russell) I will pass on your regards to Uncle John and Mrs Hudson.


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