Stately Stories

News—and yes, it is new, brand new. A story:

Stately Holmes

A Christmas Conundrum

by Laurie R. King

“Stately Holmes” was…well, not exactly commissioned. Suggested? Demanded? ­–by my friend Barbara Peters of Scottsdale’s Poisoned Pen Books.  Well, Barbara was hoping for a full novel by that title, but I decided it was better matched for a short story. A Christmas short story. At Justice Hall, Berkshire.Justice-Hall-US-189x300


No. That would be telling.

I’ve just finished the story because, though it’s a long time til Christmas, it’s not at all long before Russell’s War and Other Stories goes on sale.

That’s right: a Russell collection, including all the short pieces AND THE NEW STORY, “STATELY HOLMES”!

And the best part, for those of you who have been raising your voices in pleas to say how much you hate e-books and when when WHEN will they be in print?—

It will be in print.

Somewhat later than the e-book, probably, for a number of reasons including, well, printing the book. But to my joy, Barbara will be putting on her other hat as editor of Poisoned Pen Press and with her husband and partner, Rob Rosenwald, will be bringing out a fully illustrated print edition of “Mary Russell’s War & Other Stories.” Probably in late September.  And I’ll definitely be going to Scottsdale for a signing.

Maybe even with Les Klinger and one or two of the contributors to my other new anthology coming out in September, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes.


So, does that make you happy?


  1. Chris on May 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    How lovely ! Will be from distant shores ?

    • Chris on May 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Will be ORDERING, even!

  2. Janis Kiehl Harrison on May 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thrilling! I will probably borrow these for the first read, then if I discover I must have my own copy, I will purchase.

    Will you please nag (cough…ask again) the Powers That Be to create a print copy of the Russell Companion? My Kindle is too small to do justice to such a wonderful compendium, and my computer is not portable.

  3. Emily on November 1, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Just a quick comment, forgive me if it’s been mentioned already, but in the foreword of Stately Holmes you mention The Mazarin Stone is a Christmas tale… isn’t it The Blue Carbuncle?

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