Laurie R. King
- Title: A Monstrous Regiment of Women
- Author: Laurie R. King
- ISBN: 9780006514947
- Page: 291
- Format: Paperback
A Monstrous Regiment of Women continues Mary Russell s adventures as a worthy student of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and as an ever skilled sleuth in her own right Looking for respite in London after a stupefying visit from relatives, Mary encounters a friend from Oxford The young woman introduces Mary to her current enthusiasm, a strange and enigmatic womaA Monstrous Regiment of Women continues Mary Russell s adventures as a worthy student of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and as an ever skilled sleuth in her own right Looking for respite in London after a stupefying visit from relatives, Mary encounters a friend from Oxford The young woman introduces Mary to her current enthusiasm, a strange and enigmatic woman named Margery Childe, who leads something called The New Temple of God It seems to be a charismatic sect involved in the post World War I suffrage movement, with a feminist slant on Christianity Mary is curious about the woman, and intrigued Is the New Temple a front for something sinister When a series of murders claims members of the movement s wealthy young female volunteers and principal contributors, Mary, with Holmes in the background, begins to investigate Things become desperate than either of them expected as Mary s search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced.
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The continuation of The Beekeeper's Apprentice; Mary Russell meets through her friend Veronica Beaconsfield, Margaret Childe who leads “The New Temple of God”, a charismatic sect for women. But, could New Temple be a cover for something sinister? Several women have died and left the money to the Temple. With the help of Holmes is Mary investigating the temple by going undercover. I discovered a couple of years after I read the first book that there were more books published after the first b [...]
Posted toThe Literary Lawyer A Thinker's Mystery - 4.5 StarsI was not disappointed with the second novel in this (so far) intelligent series by Laurie R. King. In this novel, the author does an absolutely superb job of using the mystery to move the issues that the book contemplates. I would not go so far as to say that this is "message fiction" but the author certainly uses this to deal with issues that, while historical, nevertheless persist. Plot summary Our feisty protagonist, Mary Russell, i [...]
On page 328 a (what I hoped was minor) subplot grabbed my suspension of disbelief and threw it out the bar window. Subplot angled itself toward the exit and thrust open the louvered, slightly squeaky doors. It walked over to Suspension chuckling mildly, the spurs on its boots clinking in what would've been a merry way had it not been so ominous. Subplot wedged one spurred boot's tip under Suspension's still sprawling figure, flipped it over onto its back and rested the boot on its chest. Gazing [...]
I'm torn about this book. Some of it I really liked, some I didn't like at all. If I were reading this instead of listening to audio, I don't think I would have gotten past the first half of the book. I didn't care for the character Veronica. I didn't care for the character Margery,big time. I didn't care for the Temple and all the people associated with it. Too much religion, too little Holmes. And Holmes confessing to Mary at the end of the book that he's wanted to kiss Mary since he first met [...]
After reading The Beekeeper's Apprentice, I decided to ride on the high of enjoyment I'd acquired while reading it, and plunged straight into the next book in the Mary Russell series, titled A Monstrous Regiment of Women.To say that the title is intriguing is something of an understatement. It is taken from the title of John Knox's treatise The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, which was published in 1558 and is, as the title indicates, a document against women [...]
This is the second in the Mary Russell series, and it loses a star for its lame-o mystery. Mary Russell, now in her early twenties, takes the foreground as her mentor Holmes stays mostly in the background, due to Mary's increasing independence and a rising sexual tension between the two. And again, the characters are the strongest part - in this second book, the plot hinges on a sort of feminist mega-church led by an extremely charismatic woman who surrounds herself with a flock of rich young wo [...]
This is my favorite of the Holmes/Russell series, and one of my favorite books, period. I've read it innumerable times, and keep coming back to it. A beautiful blend of coming-of-age, detection, romance, and gritty drama, it gets at the heart of the series. Mary Russell's friend draws her into what seems like an odd religious cult, with disturbing overtones. At the same time, she has to settle a growing discomfort with her relationship with Holmes, and her future with him. Read it -- this book i [...]
This is a solid, entertaining follow up book in a stand out series. I can’t say enough good things about this book and the series as a whole. King isn’t afraid of putting her characters into unique situations and is willing to touch on sensitive subjects such as religion. She clearly spends time researching the historic period, religious, political, and social issues of the day. Her attention to detail is effortless and will keep readers salivating for more Russell and Holmes!See my full rev [...]
As I put this book down at 2 AM, I found myself thinking, why was this book so delicious? I am not as enthralled with Mary Russell as I was after being introduced to her in Beekeepers Apprentice. Maybe it is because now that I know her character, there is less to learn about her. I am not quite so awed by her beauty, but if she keeps getting nicked with knives, bullets and needles, there won't be much of that left. There were fewer brilliant deductions and fewer encounters with Holmes, although [...]
A Monstrous Regiment of Women isn't my favorite of the Holmes/Russell novels, but that's a little like saying dark isn't my favorite type of chocolate. It's still chocolate, and therefore by definition far better than many another thing.Mary Russell has graduated from Oxford, is about to turn twenty-one and achieve separation from her horrible aunt and her joy at these two events is dampened a bit by the peculiarities of her evolving relationship with her mentor Holmes, never an easy person to d [...]
3.5 stars. I’ve been putting this one off because of the mixed reviews, but I liked it, and I’ve already ordered the next book in the series. The setting is great, and King’s writing is more than strong enough to overcome some plot weaknesses.This has a great and suitable title, and I loved the anti-feminist quotes at the beginning of each chapter, everything from St. Paul’s "Women should keep silent in church" to Shakespeare’s "Thy husband is thy lord".It takes place in 1921 just as M [...]
Full review @ Smoke & Mirrors: books-n-music/20. A fantastic read! This seriesjust love it! Can't wait to read the third installment! Twists and turns, some not-so-surprising and others very surprising!!
I picked this up at an opportunity shop. I'm glad I did as it was a fun read.Mary Russell is an interesting character. Sherlock Holmes is present, but much more in the background.The plot involves suffrage, a female mystic, and a series of unexplained deaths. All good fun, even if the villain is a little stereotypical. But this is only the second book of the series, so I am assuming the bad guys get a little more subtle as time goes on.Highly recommended.
I preferred book 1 but still very enjoyable!
The second of Laurie King’s Mary Russell books returns to her heroine as she graduates from Oxford. In London she encounters an old friend from earlier in university who is involved with the a church whose leader is a charismatic feminist. But is all as it seems?There are many things I like about this book. The writing is excellent, and the post-WW1 British English *almost* spot on (there are a couple of slips, but nothing that made me shudder - the occasional “out the window” sort of thin [...]
The title "Monstrous Regiment of Women" is the vast pool of females deprived of men by WW1 and of importance by peace. Hero Mary Russell gains her full inheritance, feels uncomfortable with Holmes' former comrade-mentor relationship, and investigates charismatic suffragette sect Temple leader Margery. Research was extensive, on feminism lost in biblical translations, and desperate conditions of 1920s British females. I admire author King's talent for conveying ambience of Doyle's era - astonishe [...]
WHAT A FIND!!I don't typically read mysteries and never would have selected this book for myself based upon the description, but found myself desperate for reading material on an overly-long trip abroad and picked this up at the traveler's book-swap in a hotel. I couldn't wait to get home and read every book in the series! I'm not sure precisely what draws me to this series most, but I think it's the characters and locales. I don't find myself wondering how the mystery will be solved as I'm read [...]
Probably more of a 3 1/2 star read, if only for the fact that the mystery was somewhat lame and part of the narrative ((view spoiler)[ that is, the method the villain selected to try to kill Mary Russell (hide spoiler)])rather more implausible than it needed to be. Still, Mary Russell is a well-drawn character, her independence, intelligence, temper and sense of humour collectively helping me overcome any impulse I might have to refer to her as Mary-Sue Russell. Holmes is believably Holmes. The [...]
Sherlock Holmes wants to bang an obnoxious 15 year old? No thanks! Laurie King hasn't done Sherlock Holmes fans any favors with not only this book, but the whole inexplicably popular series. There's just no accounting for taste.There are a lot of twists and turns in this particular book that go nowhere. And some bits are just pointless. Mary doing a back flip off the top of a hansom cab JUST because Holmes says something borderline obnoxious. What the hell with a back flip? Just jump off. No nee [...]
What a ridiculously horrid follow up to the fantastic 'the beekeper's apprentice'!Mary Russel as a narrator is intolerable. self centered! the book drags on ever so slowly with barely a semblance of a plot,let alone a mysteryterrible. Never picking up a Laurie King book again. And to think i was excited about a whole series about mary russel and sherlock holmes!
İlk kitaba göre daha yavan buldum. Gerçi yazış stilinden dolayı her şey daha da yavaş ilerliyor ama bu sefer aradığım heyecanı hemen hemen hiç bulamadım. Katili bile pek merak etmedim ki bu benim için baya ilginç. Mary ile sherlock un ilişkilerinin yönü değişiyor ve beğensem mi beğenmesem mi emin de olamadım. Belki üçüncüyü okuyunca tam olarak oturur yerine.
‘A Monstrous Regiment of Women’ is the second novel in Laurie R. King’s ‘Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes’ series. I have very mixed feelings regarding this book. Right until the end this was going to go on my favorites shelf and could only receive a 5 star rating but there is a twist at the end that has left me disappointed and uncomfortable for the future of the series. I’m still coming to terms with it. I waited to write my review because of these feelings. I did not want to unfai [...]
A confusing and inconsistent book. It’s advertised as “a novel of suspense” but the suspense only starts in the second half of the novel and it contributes very little to the plotline.The novel takes place in 1921 in London and Oxford. The book follows Mary Russell, a young heiress reading (the British equivalent of studying – don’t you just love Anglicisms?) theology in Oxford, on her exploration of a new religious movement and its leader Margery Childe. Like Mary, Childe is a feminis [...]
Disappointing. After "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" I was looking forward to having an entire new mystery series to delve into, but if this is what I'm in for I don't know that I'll bother. There was the barest inkling of a good story, here - the religious element and the idea of the "regiment of women" - but all that was undercut but weaknesses in the story.And what weaknesses. Mary Russell turns into Pauline in peril, getting addicted to heroin by our nefarious (and completely random) villain an [...]
Sequel to The Beekeeper s Apprentice.[return][return]Desperate to escape cloying Christmas celebrations with her detested aunt and barely-known relatives, Russell in one of her favorite disguises--that of a young working-class male, takes off for London, where she has a hilarious encounter with Homes that I refuse to spoil. Later, she meets an old friend from Oxford, Lady Veronica Beaconsfield, who is living in a tenement and working to aid lower-class families. Ronnie takes Russell to a lecture [...]
She crossed the line. She took what was an interesting take on a literary icon and got all mushy and romantic. The first book was much better than this, and she'd have been fine keeping Holmes and Russell as a team rather than a couple. A married Sherlock Holmes just ridiculous.
After immensely enjoy a debut novel of a series, like The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, I’m always tentative about picking up the sequel fearing that it will pale in comparison. However, in this case, I needn’t worry; IMHO it was better.No longer an apprentice but viewed as an assistant to Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russel is nearing her 21st birthday and emancipation. When an Oxford friend introduces Mary to the charismatic Margery Childe, leader of the New Temple of God, she is skeptical of her tru [...]
Every one of the Holmes/Russell books ends up making me hunt down supplemental reading. After re-reading this one, I now have to go find Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness. Curse you, Mary Russell!For me the story surrounding the mystery in this book is actually much more interesting than the mystery itself. The work that Margery Childe and her women are doing is intriguingly progressive, and Margery's "sermons" are remarkably inspiring [...]
I was anticipating reading this book, right on the heels of the first in the series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice but I was also a little apprehensive. Would the characters appeal to me as much as they had previously? Would King be able to achieve the same level of intelligent writing she set for herself in the first book? Would the plot be intriguing and interesting enough to truly keep me wanting to read on in the series. Yes, yes, and yes! For someone who often abhors new slants on old classics [...]
I liked the first book but put off following it up because of the very mixed reviews for this one. Having reread BA, I eventually decided to go on and try this myself. What I most liked about the first book was: Mary, seeing a Sherlock who was more realistic than in Doyle's books, and the historical setting. So far Monstrous Regiment reminds me very much of the first book. We're seeing a lot of Mary and not much Sherlock. Also, there's no actual plot in the beginning, just following Mary around [...]
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