New book, new category

Last week, just a few days later than I’d promised my editor, I finished my first draft of Russell & Holmes #17, Castle Shade.

Every book has measures of its progress: the proposal, the first draft, cover art—and when I have the cover and a buy-link, I can open up a web page. But one that always pleases me is the first time I use the title as a category here on the blog.

A new tag makes it real.  And you can now highlight all the posts talking about Castle Shade, by clicking the button over on the blog sidebar.

More to come!

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  1. janet on September 11, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Hurrah! I can never wait for the next book. 🙂


  2. Reen on September 13, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I just finished the 10th Mary Russell book, and I’m so glad I have lots more to read. I will be so torn to reach end, wanting so badly to read it and not wanting it to end. MS. King, could you please never stop writing them?

    • Jen P on September 15, 2020 at 10:43 pm

      The absolute benefit of Ms King’s writing is that (not only is there so much) but you can always start again and find new things. For example, how many times have I read MREG and I have some how missed Ms Russell suggesting that Holmes could be Jack the Ripper? Lol enjoy your read.

      • Laurie King on September 15, 2020 at 11:05 pm

        Did you ever see Michael Dibdin’s The Last Sherlock Holmes Story? Deeply creepy.

  3. Tammy on September 13, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    How exciting! I can’t wait until it is published!

  4. peggy ann on September 15, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Hurrah, I can’t wait!

  5. Charlotte on September 15, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Can’t wait!!!
    Thank you ❤️

  6. Catherine on September 15, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I am so very excited to hear that Russell and Holmes will continue and a new book is on the horizon. But…. I only just finished reading the last one! It was being saved for my week-at-the-beach vacation. Very much enjoyed it!

    • Laurie King on September 15, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      Well, you have til June to get ready for it. Plenty of time to work up your anticipation…

  7. fuzzi on September 17, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Wonderful news! Looking forward to its release next year.

    I’ve read all the Russell/Holmes books, but have reread my favorites several times: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, O Jerusalem, The Moor, and Locked Rooms. I think Locked Rooms is my favorite of all the R/H books.

  8. Pippa Kiraly on October 6, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I was wondering if Mycroft ever considered sending Russell and Holmes to investigate the political situation Spain in the 1920s? I was thinking of Mary and how as a theologian she might be interested in the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compostela. I don’t do any social media and am very elderly, but enjoy both the Russell and the Martinelli series very much. I reread them and discover more each time. Just got Riviera Gold from my online library. Thanks a lot, Laurie, for all the enjoyment I get from your books! Pippa Kiraly. P.S.I hope the fires and smoke have not seriously affected you.

    • Laurie King on May 5, 2021 at 12:47 am

      Thanks, Pippa–and yes, Spain would be interesting!

  9. Ellen Mortimer on January 8, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I joined a virtual book club formed by my WW group during this time of isolation. My first round choice introduced them to the Beekeeper’s Apprentice. They are thrilled to have so many more adventures to enjoy with Russell and Holmes. We have our discussions and read while riding our portable stationary bikes together. I lost 12 lbs rereading the first four books.

    • Laurie King on May 5, 2021 at 12:31 am

      And riding faster in the exciting parts? Enjoy your rides!

  10. Garnet on January 26, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Just saw the summary for this on Amazon and I am thrilled. I spent several special years in Romania, my husband is Romanian, we go back every year, and Bran Castle is my absolute favorite castle in the country. It’s not too big and absolutely what a castle should be, secret staircase and all. I also enjoyed reading about Queen Marie. One big clue my (not then) husband was interested in me happened when we visited Pelişor which was so heavily influenced by Marie’s style and I much prefer it to the more grand Peleş Castle. Can’t wait to read this!

    • Laurie King on May 5, 2021 at 12:28 am

      I hope you enjoy it–and yes, Bran is such a great place. And Peles is…well. Big.

  11. Connie Lawrence on September 19, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Years ago, I stumbled upon “The Moor”, and was intrigued by a female writer doing a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and the synopsis on the back of the small paperback got my full attention. Sherlock married? A new game was afoot! I enjoyed it very much, but never followed for more.
    This year, I came across that same paperback in a neighborhood “Free Library”. I began reading it again! A few days later, I found “O Jerusalem”. My interest was in full swing, so I looked up the sequence of publications, and decided to start from the beginning, so I ordered “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice”, and I just finished it today! I have read the Editor’s Remarks at the beginning of “O Jerusalem”, so I am in a quandary. I want to now read “O Jerusalem” because it fills in the journey taken in the first book, yet it’s not in the sequence you wrote the books in. Does it matter? Will I be missing something if I read “O Jerusalem” next? (I also ordered the first Martinelli novel, for in-sequence reading, and I also ordered “A Darker Place”, to read one of your stand-alone novels). Needless to say, your stories have gotten me off Netflix! I enjoy your stories very much! Thank you!

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