To celebrate today’s paperback birth of Island of the Mad, here’s a groovy tune for you to hum all day—and yes, those are my kids dancing:

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows,
Anything goes.
Good authors too who once knew better words
Now only use four-letter words
Writing prose.
Anything goes…


  1. Carol Ann Irsfeld on June 4, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Just LOVE it ! Thank you !

  2. Mary Garrett on June 4, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Brilliant! . . . and the book is even more so. <3

  3. Kay Kendall on June 4, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    ISLAND OF THE MAD is my favorite of your books. I am MAD for it!

    • Laurie King on June 12, 2019 at 10:28 am

      I’m glad you’re Mad…

  4. Mike, Seattle, WA on June 5, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Great book, great song!! Would make a great movie. Don’t you think?

  5. Pam Ossorio on June 6, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Thank you, now that song will be stuck in my head all day…and just who WAS that lovely lady dancing with Fred Astair?!
    Gotta buy your new book now!

  6. Brenda DeLaTorre on June 11, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I have not yet gotten to this book. My children have been gifting them somewhat in order. But, I am a life-long Holmes addict. I LOVE this series. I want to be Mary! Alas, Sherlock would have to be 117.

    • Laurie King on June 12, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Since Sherlock Holmes was born in 1861 (according to Russell’s dates) and he seems to still be alive, he’d be considerably past 117. Even Russell is 119, and still active on Twitter…

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