Russell’s War

Last year on the centenary of the Great War’s beginnings,Chronicle_Polaris_front_page_full_webI began posting young Mary Russell’s War Journal. Her weekly reflections about the War, her drive to do something more than just be a fourteen year-old girl,Kitchener-leete-poster_1half copy

(her mother is raising money for the British air force)pilot_dropping_bomb_from_plane_2thirds copy

and her suspicions about German spies weave in and out of her family history, the Russells’ building War troubles, and the personal trauma that ultimately drives her to Sussex, and to her momentous meeting with Sherlock Holmes.

The 101st anniversary of the Great War’s beginnings is next Tuesday. To mark it, I’m putting a revised version of Mary Russell’s Journal, with a lot of contemporary illustrations, up for sale as an ebook.Mary Russell's War cover4

The blog posts remain up on this blog, under the tag “Mary Russell’s War,” but if you enjoyed reading young Mary’s journal, and you’d like an updated and cleaned up version (with pictures!) it’s be available on Kindle for pre-sale now, here, and will be on the other formats here.

I hope you enjoy it!


  1. KT on July 28, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Yay! Thank you! I learned so much from these journal entries.

  2. Merrily Taylor on July 28, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Going right there to order – it was a wonderful series!

  3. Wendy Martin on July 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Thank you! I tried to keep up, but knew I was missing some.

  4. Mary Sharples on July 28, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Just ordered it. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Margaret Wood on July 28, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Sigh. I guess I’ll have to give in and buy an e-reader. Which kind would be most useful to a person with very poor eyesight?

    • Laurie King on July 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Most e-readers are great for readers who have bad eyesight, since you can make the font bigger as well as adjust the spaces. I have the most basic Nook, but they go up from there with lots of bells and whistles. Want me to ask for advice on my Facebook page? Many experienced readers there!

  6. Nora on July 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Any chance if it ever coming out in book form? I’m another that’s never bought an e-reader! Thanks, Laurie! SO enjoyed Mary’s story and glad you put it all together for us!

    • Laurie King on July 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      In a year or so, we’ll do a Russell collection, and at that time there MAY be a print version. Fingers crossed, and keep an eye on the Newsletter for any, well, news.
      I’ll also mention that you can download a Kindle program on your computer, and read it there if you like.

  7. Catherine on July 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I actually printed all the online chapters! However, I would like a ‘real’ paper book also, though I will buy the ebook for kindle.

    BTW, does anyone know if Mary Russel ever ran across Penelope Huxleigh? Miss Huxleigh’s view of Irene Adler is interesting reading.

    • Laurie King on July 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Not sure if Miss Russell has met Miss Huxleigh, we’ll have to see what’s left in the Memoirs…

  8. Deanne on July 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Have just tried to order it and says not available in my country, which is the u.k.
    Please help!

  9. Laurie King on July 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hmm, it should be. I wonder if it’s only the pre-sales that doesn’t recognize customers outside the US? I’ll have my Mr Tech helper figure it out.

    • Deanne on July 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I was just was looking at kindle, as its the school hols and I need more books to read as my grusome too- some run round like looneys and the book was recommended to me to pre order, maybe I just needed to be on the u.k. site. Many thanks for the help Deanne.

    • Chris on July 30, 2015 at 3:08 am

      Ordered the ‘UK’ edition on – that worked;-)

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