Mrs Hudson comes home

My friends at Two Rock Media, who did the superb book trailers for Pirate King and The Language of Bees, have done a new kind of trailer, a sort of audio play excerpt from the book itself.

I love their experiments with how to build a story, and shape one narrative out of another. Who’d have thought a ticking clock and a kettle going on would open a door into The Murder of Mary Russell?



  1. LJ on March 23, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I like it!! I like it!!!

  2. Kathryn Campbell on March 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Oh, my goodness! You are correct! The door. The whistle. The steps! Edge of my seat.

  3. Kelley on March 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    So many terrific (as in terrifying and, paradoxically, vivific) elements! Mrs Hudson’s voice fills a gap I didn’t realize exisited in my inner Holmesian life, and is so welcome!

    Not just the blood, but also Mary’s knife, her secret weapon, left behind conspire to create a picture of a strangely helpless Russell. The scent of gunsmoke and a warm tea kettle conjure up potential images of what was happening just previous to the bloody incident…and the sound effects, especially that final whistle, anchored me in the place. I haven’t even mentioned all the tasty clues dropped in this compact morsel!

    Mind whizzing, bouncing in my chair!

  4. Kathe Lieber on March 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Love this, Laurie. Everything builds to create a terrible sense of unease, and then…

  5. Janis Kiehl Harrison on March 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Eek! Spoilers! Too many teasers!

  6. Diane Hendricksen on March 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

    OMG! Excellent! I can barely contain my impatience for the book. April can’t arrive too soon.

    Terrible to wish time away, but I really, really can hardly wait to read the book.

  7. Wendy martin on March 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

    waiting. waiting.

  8. Emily Dame on March 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Marvelous marketing tool!

  9. Laura R. on March 24, 2016 at 5:32 am

    That was wonderful! Reminds me of great old radio shows that stop at a breathtaking moment. Paired with the visuals on the screen, it was quite effective. Is it April yet?

  10. Elizabeth Dodd on March 24, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Wonderfully done!
    Yes, the tea kettle whistle right at the end is a perfect touch.
    Soon, but not soon enough!

  11. Nancy Beckham on March 24, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Excellent ! Wonderful way to introduce a new book!

  12. Pamela on March 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Now THAT is well done, and a perfect introduction. For those of us old enough to remember radio dramas, it starts the anticipation as nothing else has quite done since. The only problem with audiobooks is that you know you can find out what happens next just by listening. We know, though, that it’s twelve more days until we can get… the rest of the story!

  13. Pat Kidd on March 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Thank you! The radio show preview was well done and so enjoyable – quite a wonderful introduction to the entire story. Counting the days – and smiling.

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