Drum roll please…


I hope I may be forgiven for bringing out my drum for a little patter, but-


I’m enormously grateful to all of you who helped on the various Fifteen Weeks of Bees efforts, who spread the word, and who bought the book. This is my first time cracking the top ten, and it’s all down to you. Thank you.


  1. indigoenigma on May 6, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Congratulations on such a fantastic achievement!

  2. Mary-Frances on May 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Woo hoo and congratulations. I read it on my Kindle 2 and loved it. Can’t wait for the next one!

  3. Laidee Marjorie on May 6, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    No, Laurie, it’s all down to YOU!

    Congratulations. You have earned every bit of it and I could not be happier if I had written the book myself.


  4. Ruth @ Bookish Ruth on May 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Wonderful and incredibly well-deserved. Congratulations!

  5. Meredith T. on May 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Sitting in computer room, waving arms! I am only 3/5 of way through book & don’t dare read more until Sat because when I start I can’t stop! Sooo attached to the new characters. Say, lady, I think this is about You and Your Writing, but we are enjoying being along for the ride! And the top 10, yeee ha. //Meredith

  6. Wanda on May 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Way to Go – Laurie!!!

  7. Chris on May 7, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Many, many, many Congratulations!

  8. KarenB on May 7, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Woo-hoo! Break out the champagne and the confetti!! It is all due to your wonderful, rich, excellent writing and entirely deserved. Bask in the thrill for a while.

  9. Sara on May 7, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Forget drums- you need a whole band here! Cymbals and noise and confetti (oh my?)! Congratulations!!!

  10. vickivanv on May 7, 2009 at 3:42 am

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Bill Mosteller on May 7, 2009 at 4:43 am

    While I’m sure the Fifteen Weeks of Bees was a good and effective idea, if the book itself, like the rest of the Kanon, didn’t have it, we wouldn’t be celebrating this event. An overnight success a mere fifteen years in the making. Well done, Laurie!

  12. Heather J. on May 7, 2009 at 4:54 am

    YEAH! Congratulations!

  13. Roxanne on May 7, 2009 at 5:15 am

    [This is my first time cracking the top ten, and itโ€™s all down to you.]

    Ummmm, no, it’s all down to YOU.

    And–what Laidee Marjorie said. I am so happy for you, Laurie.


  14. Kerry on May 7, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Whoo-hoo! Congratulations!

  15. Vicki Lane on May 7, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Many congratulations on such a well-deserved honor! Mary Russell rocks!

  16. Kait B. Roe on May 7, 2009 at 6:48 am

    congrats! Laurie… I just got my copy in the mail…

  17. Erin on May 7, 2009 at 7:18 am

    OMG! That’s awesome! Rock on!

  18. Carlina on May 7, 2009 at 7:20 am

    WOOT! COngrats! It’s a well deserved honor indeed!

  19. 2maple on May 7, 2009 at 7:24 am

    well isn’t that the coolest thing ever!!

  20. Alice "Strawberry Curls" on May 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Hampered by limited internet access, but must try to say how well-deserved this is!! Laurie, the book is so wonderful, I, of course, think all your books deserve to be #1 on the New York Times list. This is the payoff for all the hard work that has gone into The Fifteen Weeks of Bees, but if the book weren’t as good as it is, even that couldn’t garner this type of recognition.


  21. R.J. Anderson on May 7, 2009 at 8:15 am


    However, I talked you up to all five bookstores (most of which have large Mystery sections) and said “But she is a BESTSELLER!” so I trust their negligence in ordering your book will be rectified very soon. One of the bookstore owners is a Russell fan but didn’t know about LANG yet, so he was quite excited when I told him about it as well.

    Cannot wait, cannot wait… *does a little skippy dance of glee*

  22. strawberry curls on May 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I tried to post something earlier but this cruise ship’s #$##$$%#$@%@$!$$#@$#@$@$ browser will is not letting me post. So, I’m trying again to join the hazzahs of joy over breaking the NY Times top 10. So well deserved.!!


  23. strawberry curls on May 7, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Whew!!! It worked, if only I could spell and/or type. –Alice

  24. Meags2387 on May 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats!!!! Maybe we’ll be able to get the next book even higher on the list…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jessara on May 7, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yee-HAW!!! Hooray for Laurie! The book is very fine indeed. What is new is the recognition! Now the world will bow down, booksellers will fawn, EVERYBODY will buy ALL your books from here on, and if Certain Publishers would kindly reissue some of your earlier ones in hardback, I’d appreciate it. My PBs are falling apart.

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