A Case of Correspondence, Part 4

A series of communications (employing means as varied as re-used post cards and the agony columns of the Times) has come to light between Mary Russell and Other Important People, which will be revealed during the Twenty Weeks of Buzz. It follows the 1992 (not a typo!) tale published last year as MyStory (or, The Case of the Ravening Sherlockians.) The current saga posts in its legible version Wednesdays on Russell’s MySpace blog, then as the original documents Fridays here on Mutterings.

Many of the messages seem to have been delivered by messenger service or in envelopes since lost—unfortunate for the sake of our research, but perhaps understandable when one considers the momentous gravity of matters at stake.

(I should mention that the full significance of the story will not become clear until one has read The God of the Hive, available in April–although members of the Virtual Book Club are debating it nonetheless…)

(Click on the images below to enlarge.)


  1. Pat Floyd on January 22, 2010 at 6:26 am

    What marvelous post cards Mary Russell uses! I wonder if Kensington Gardens had sheep all the time or if they were just brought in occasionally for lawn mowing and fertilization.

  2. Ruthie on January 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

    For those who might not know Bedfordshire, the postcard was posted in Ampthill, a Georgian market town where Queen Katherine, Henry VIII’s first wife, stayed once he had decided to divorce her. The house no longer exists.
    I wonder whether Ms Russell was also staying in Ampthill, or this was the first convenient post box she saw on her journey through?

  3. Strawberry Curls on January 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    These are just wonderful, and thanks for the information, Ruthie, it adds to the mystic of these extraordinary pieces of correspondence. 🙂


  4. RussellHolmes on January 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Neat! I love Russell’s handwriting!

  5. […] be a good one.  A new excerpt of The God of the Hive goes up the 27th, and two days after that my comments on the rewrite (do any of you read the scans of the raw first draft?  CAN any of you read it?) The site is […]

  6. Melody Kitchens on January 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Yes Ms. King I actually read the rewrites as you post them and enjoy the process. These make me feel as though I am hearing Russell tell of these adventures first hand. Thank you including them.

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