Letters of Mary

Among the many unexpected joys I have discovered in being a writer has been the extraordinary community that has formed around the Mary Russell stories.  People with little in common geographically or even socially come together online in mutual affection for Russell & Holmes—and, even more amazing, forge lasting friendships when they come together physically at one conference or another.BEEK UK copy

One of the early manifestations of this Russell-based community was Letters of Mary, a Yahoo group currently celebrating its seventh year of e-friendship and mutual admiration.  Over the years, a number of them have become fast friends—of each other, and of mine.  To mark the anniversary, the moderators would like to issue the following invitation:

Have you ever longed to be part of a friendly community of people who love Russell and Holmes as much as you do?   Then The Letters of Mary Yahoo Group is perfect for you.

LOM is a place where you can ask questions, join in discussions, and have access to an amazing archive of fan fiction to satisfy your Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes craving between books. Come join like-minded people and celebrate all things Russellian!

Alice and Merrily


The Letters of Mary Yahoo Group, here.


  1. Merrily Taylor on September 30, 2013 at 6:21 am

    You are so right about the Good Times to be Had on Letters of Mary, Laurie, and we often toast The Founder of Our Feast (that would be YOU) for having written the books that brought us together. Thanks so much for your support and for allowing us to “play” with Holmes and Russell!

    • Margaret Laing on April 30, 2021 at 11:16 pm

      Hi, Merrily — I’m Margaret Laing, your fellow Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I’d like to try the Letters of Mary group, but Yahoo doesn’t seem to let me in. Could you send me a private message on FB to get around that? I’d enjoy it.

  2. Marybeth Sharples on September 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Just signed up. Looking forward to it.

  3. Jane on September 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love Bones of Paris. It made me thankful not to be a flapper in the 1920’s. Very scary. I just got my book club to start the Mary Russel books. They love them and I get to read them again. Woo Hoo !

  4. Marian Shearer on September 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I have so appreciated the sharp humor and dialogue of the Mary Russell books. Looking forward to some conversation.

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