In the Company of Sherlock Holmes brings together a mix of people you never thought you’d see writing Sherlock Holmes stories. 9781605986586Such as… Les Klinger and Sara Paretsky:

The Closing by Les Klinger

Rachel finished the last few documents, put down her pen, and looked at McParland. His heart thumped, as it always did.

“How are you?” she said. “Charlotte says you’ve been on the road.”

He shrugged. “Yeah, had to go to New York for a client. Just a few days, though. How are you?”

Rachel smiled. “Great. Great.” McParland loved her smile. “How’s Sherlock?”

McParland smiled back. This had been a running joke with them, ever since law school, when she’d bought him an annotated edition of Conan Doyle’s stories and he’d gotten hooked. He’d been especially thrilled when he learned that his great-great-grand-uncle was the real-life model for a Pinkerton agent who appeared in one of the stories. His bizarre fascination with Holmes and his world had always amused Rachel, he thought, especially the Sherlockian “game” of pretending that Holmes and Watson weren’t fictional.

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The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer by Sara Paretsky

In an effort to rouse him from his stupor, I tried to draw Holmes’s attention to crimes reported in the sensationalist press. The stabbing of a cabman in Fleet Street “was banal beyond bearing,” while the theft of the Duchess of Hoovering’s emerald tiara “would prove to be the work of a criminal housemaid.” When later reports confirmed he was wrong in both cases—the Hoovering cadet, bitter at the privations of a youngest son, had sold the tiara to fund a disastrous trip to Monte Carlo, while the cabman turned out to have been a Russian spy trying to overhear secrets of a Hapsburg diplomat—Holmes sank deeper into his drugged stupor.

I could not neglect my own practice, or perhaps I should say, my other patients, who were usually more willing to follow my advice than was my brilliant but capricious friend. It was at the start of the third week of my stay with him that I was summoned to the Gloucester Hotel to attend a man who had been violently assaulted in the night.

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes publishes November 11. You can pre-order a copy from:

Poisoned Pen Books (signed by Laurie King, Les Klinger, and others)


Barnes & Noble/ Nook

Amazon/ Kindle


  1. Karen Bock-Losee on October 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I can’t wait to read this collection!

  2. Meredith Taylor on October 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Les wrote a story!!?? That thud is my jaw dropping.

    Looking forward to it!!

  3. Spring Garrett on October 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Laurie, Pretty sure this isn’t the place to do this but I just had to sneak in here and tell you how much I’ve loved listening to the first four Russell books I found on Audible. I am seriously hooked! Thanks for such interesting stories told from a fascinating person’s perspective. I just love Russell. I am glad you are so prolific so I will be in her company for quite a while. Good for you! I hope to meet you at one of your events some day. Ever in Humboldt County?

    • Laurie King on October 24, 2014 at 7:50 am

      I don’t get up to Humboldt County very often, no–sorry. But I’m glad you’re enjoying the books.

  4. Sandra L Horn on October 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Love all the books I was hooked from the first TBKA . Love Russell and her spirit.This is my get away. When you wrote about San Francisco, it’s my favorite town, I tried to find some of the places you mentioned in the story. Thank you for making my love of reading so enjoyable.

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