A Monstrous Regiment of Women

A Monstrous Regiment of Women

eBook - 1995
Average Rating:
Rate this:

Winner of the Nero Wolfe Award

It is 1921 and Mary Russell--Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology--is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective. Russell's attentions turn to the New Temple of God and its leader, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw on the young theology scholar is irresistible. But when four bluestockings from the Temple turn up dead shortly after changing their wills, could sins of a capital nature be afoot? Holmes and Russell investigate, as their partnership takes a surprising turn in A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
ISBN: 9781429936521
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jun 05, 2015

I am a big fan of the first two titles in Laurie King's Mary Russell series. They are smartly written, and I adore the Russell and Holmes characters & their relationship to each other. Plot and a satisfying mystery has never been King's strongest point, but there is much to enjoy in spite of this shortcoming.

Nov 01, 2014

I don't know why I enjoy the series as much as I do, but I absolutely adore them! This is the second book in the series, and I can't wait to read more! I don't agree with the readers who are saying that this book isn't as fun as the first one; because I had an awesome time reading it and was laughing out loud at the sarcasm that was being thrown back and forth by Russell and Holmes. If you liked the Beekeeper's Apprentice, then you will adore this next one. I'm not, however, a big fan of Holmes and Russell's marriage. The age difference just makes me want to squirm, and I think that they are better off as close mentor/mentees, as they were in the first book.

Oct 21, 2014

The sequel definitely is much... edgier. I felt that Russell was slightly "out of character" in some instances and that in some context, the plot was vague. The queer Margery Childs kept me reading, and I have to say, it wasn't regretted!

Dec 04, 2012

The extraordinary minds of the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell team that debuted in The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first book in this series, aren't nearly as vividly displayed in A Monstrous Regiment of Women. That took away a lot of the fun so evident in the first novel. Monstrous Regiment got really interesting about two-thirds of the way through, but until then I was confused at all the time spent exploring the beliefs and oddities of Margery Childs and her entourage. I just didn't see the point. I'm still a fan of the Mary Russell series, but I hope the next book recaptures the fun of the first.

Sep 28, 2012

The second in the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes books, which began in The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

Like the first book in the series, this held my attention even through the sections with a lot of crypto-feminist subtext (the passages with overt feminist content weren't nearly as distracting).

Like the original Holmes stories, there were references to at least one otherwise unknown adventure taking place between the time frame of this book and the first one.

A nice homage to the old master, with some entertaining snark about Doyle's credulous acceptance of fairy pictures and other clap-trap.

Jun 17, 2011

Decent fiction on feminism during the post war in London centered on a newly minted Oxford Graduate who shared off-the-chart deductive powess as her soon to be husband Sherlock Holmes. Apparently published in 1995 well before my reading days of fiction. King's books are a much needed excursion from current crop of women mystery writers...more edgy and as daring as Sue Grafton.

Dec 06, 2010

2nd book in the Mary Russell Series


Add Age Suitability

Nov 01, 2014

MADKC4Ever thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at MCPL

To Top