Laurie R. King Books In Order

Kate Martinelli Books In Publication Order

  1. A Grave Talent (1993)
  2. To Play the Fool (1995)
  3. With Child (1996)
  4. Night Work (2000)
  5. The Art of Detection (2006)
  6. Beginnings (2019)

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Books In Publication Order

  1. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (1994)
  2. A Monstrous Regiment of Women (1995)
  3. A Letter of Mary (1996)
  4. The Moor (1998)
  5. O Jerusalem (1999)
  6. Justice Hall (2002)
  7. The Game (2004)
  8. Locked Rooms (2005)
  9. The Language of Bees (2009)
  10. The God of the Hive (2010)
  11. Beekeeping for Beginners (2011)
  12. Pirate King (2011)
  13. Garment of Shadows (2012)
  14. Dreaming Spies (2015)
  15. The Marriage of Mary Russell (2016)
  16. The Murder of Mary Russell (2016)
  17. Mary Russell’s War (2016)
  18. Island of the Mad (2018)
  19. Riviera Gold (2020)
  20. Castle Shade (2021)

Harris Stuyvesant Books In Publication Order

  1. Touchstone (2007)
  2. The Bones of Paris (2013)

Folly Island Books In Publication Order

  1. Folly (2001)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. A Darker Place (1998)
  2. Keeping Watch (2003)
  3. Califia’s Daughters (2004)
  4. My Thesis Being… (2013)
  5. Lockdown (2017)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Hellbender (2011)
  2. Mila’s Tale (2014)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012)
  2. Laurie R. King’s Sherlock Holmes (2013)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Wild Crimes (2004)
  2. Unusual Suspects (2008)
  3. A Study in Sherlock (2011)
  4. Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey (2014)
  5. Echoes of Sherlock Holmes (2016)
  6. For the Sake of the Game (2018)
  7. In League with Sherlock Holmes (2020)

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Laurie R. King Books Overview

A Grave Talent

This gripping debut of the Kate Martinelli mystery series won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery, generating wide critical acclaim and moving Laurie R. King into the upper tier of the genre. As A Grave Talent begins, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A string of shocking murders has occurred, each victim an innocent child. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s going to be a difficult case. Then the detectives receive what appears to be a case breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd, close knit colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century’s greatest painter of women, a man, as it turns out, with a sinister secret. For behind the brushes and canvases also stands a notorious felon once convicted of strangling a little girl. What really happened on that day of savage violence eighteen years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist’s dark past even if she knows it means losing everything she holds dear.

To Play the Fool

Celebrated author Laurie R. King dazzles mystery lovers once again in this, her second Kate Martinelli mystery. The story unfolds as a band of homeless people cremate a beloved dog in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. When it comes to incidents like this, the authorities are willing to overlook a few brokenregulations. But three weeks later, after the dog’s owner gets the same fiery send off, the SFPD knows it has a serious problem on its hands. Other than the fact that they’re dealing with a particularly grisly homicide, Inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner, Al Hawkin, have little else to go on. They have a homeless victim without a positive ID, a group of witnesses who have little love for the cops, and a possible suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus. Katelearns that Erasmus is well acquainted with the park’s homeless and with the rarefied atmosphere of Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, yet he remains an enigma to all. It’s apparent that he is by no means crazy but he is a fool. Kate begins the frustrating task of interrogating a man who communicates onlythrough quotations. Trying to learn something of his history leads her along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long buried secrets, the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengeance.

With Child

Adrift in mist shrouded San Francisco mornings and alcohol fogged nights, homicide detective Kate Martinelli can’t escape the void left by her departed lover, who has gone off to rethink their relationship. But when twelve year old Jules Cameron comes to Kate for a professional consultation, Kate’s not sure she’s that desperate for distraction. Jules is worried about her friend Dio, a homeless boy she met in a park. Dio has disappeared without a word of farewell, and Jules wants Kate to find him Reluctant as she is, Kate can’t say no and soon she finds herself forming a friendship with the bright, quirky girl. But the search for Dio will prove to be much more than both bargained for and it’s only the beginning. When Jules disappears while taking a trip with Kate, a desperate search begins…
and Kate knows all too well the odds of finding the child alive…

Night Work

Laurie R. King, creator of San Francisco homicide detective Kate Martinelli, has been praised by The New York Times Book Review for her ‘taut pacing…
air of menace…
superb characters.’ Now the author of A Grave Talent winner of the top mystery awards on both sides of the Atlantic, To Play the Fool, and With Child continues the series with a crime novel as disturbing as it is riveting. After her last harrowing case Kate is more than ready for routine police work and a newfound serenity with her longtime lover, Lee, and their circle of close friends. Until one night when her pager summons her to a scene of carefully executed murder. Half hidden in a clump of bushes lies a well muscled corpse, handcuffed and strangled, a stun gun’s faint burn on his chest and candy in his pocket. The only person who might have wanted airport baggage handler James Larsen dead, it seems, is the wife he repeatedly abused who recently left him for a women’s shelter. But her alibi is airtight, her physique frail, and her attitude less than vengeful. Kate and her partner, Al Hawkin, are stumped. Then a second body turns up also zapped, cuffed, strangled…
and carrying a chocolate bar. It is that of Matthew Banderas, a software salesman convicted of one rape, suspected of many more. Yet, despite the newspaper headlines, Kate and Al can establish no personal link between the victims and cannot rule out coincidence. But in the midst of an unpromising investigation, Kate has another cause thrust upon her by her friend, feminist minister Roz Hall. Investigators have already called it an accident, but Roz is convinced the young Indian bride was actually murdered and when Roz takes up a crusade, no one can deny her. As Kate wrestles with the clash between her personal and professional lives, a third killing draws her and Al into a network of pitiless destruction that reaches far beyond San Francisco, a contemporary style hit list with shudderingly primal roots. Winner of the Best First Crime Novel Award from both the Mystery Writers of America and the British Crime Writers’ Association for the first book in the Kate Martinelli series, A Grave Talent, Laurie R. King has created a body of work that transcends genre classification and has fully broken out into the mainstream, novels which have the intensity and depth of superb literary work, spiced with harrowing suspense. Winner of the Best First Crime Novel Award from both the Mystery Writers of America and the British Crime Writers Association for the first book in the Kate Martinelli series, A Grave Talent, Laurie R. King creates novels that have the intensity and depth of superb literary work, spiced with harrowing suspense.

The Art of Detection

In this thrilling new crime novel that ingeniously bridges Laurie R. King’s Edgar and Creasey Awards-winning Kate Martinelli series and her bestselling series starring Mary Russell, San Francisco homicide detective Kate Martinelli crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes-in a spellbinding dual mystery that could come only from the ‘intelligent, witty, and complex’ mind of New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King….

Kate Martinelli has seen her share of peculiar things as a San Francisco cop, but never anything quite like this: an ornate Victorian sitting room straight out of a Sherlock Holmes story-complete with violin, tobacco-filled Persian slipper, and gunshots in the wallpaper that spell out the initials of the late queen.

Philip Gilbert was a true Holmes fanatic, from his antiquated decor to his vintage wardrobe. And no mere fan of fiction’s great detective, but a leading expert with a collection of priceless memorabilia-a collection some would kill for.

And perhaps someone did: In his collection is a century-old manuscript purportedly written by Holmes himself-a manuscript that eerily echoes details of Gilbert’s own murder.

Now, with the help of her partner, Al Hawkin, Kate must follow the convoluted trail of a killer-one who may have trained at the feet of the greatest mind of all times.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

What would happen if Sherlock Homles, a perfect man of the Victorian age pompous, smug, and misogynisitic were to come face to face with a twentieth century female? If she grew to be a partner worthy of his great talents?Laurie R. King, whose very different first novel,. A Grave Talent SMP, 1993, drew rave reviews, read the Conan Doyle stories and wondered about such an imaginary encounter. And following through, she has written The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. 1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian ‘flaws’ listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen year old woman. So, at first informally, then consciously, he takes Mary Russell as his apprentice. They work on a few small local cases, then on a larger and more urgent investigation, which ends successfully. All the time, Mary is developing as a detective in her own right, with the benefit of the knowledge and experience of her mentor and, increasingly, friend. And then the sky opens on them, and they find themselves the targets of a slippery, murderous, and apparently all knowing adversary. Together they devise a plan to trap their enemy a plan that may save their lives but may also kill off their relationship. This is not a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ story. It is the story of a modern young woman who comes to know and work with Holmes, the story of young woman coming to terms with herself and with this older man who embodies the age that is past.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women

Second in Laurie King’s acclaimed Mary Russell mystery series: ‘Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels!civilized, ingenious and engrossing’ Literary Review In this the riveting sequel to The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Mary Russell has metamorphosed from able apprentice to skilled detective in her own right. After a tedious visit from relatives, Mary is looking for respite in London when she comes across a friend from Oxford. The young woman introduces Mary to the enigmatic Margery Childe, leader of the New Temple of God, a charismatic sect involved in the post World War One suffrage movement, with a feminist slant on Christianity. Intrigued and curious, Mary begins to wonder if the New Temple is a front for something more sinister. When a series of murders claims members of the movement’s wealthy young female volunteers, Mary, with Holmes in the background, starts to investigate, but events spiral out of control as the situation becomes ever more desperate, and Mary’s search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced!

A Letter of Mary

Late in the summer of 1923, Mary Russell Holmes and her husband, the illustrious Sherlock Holmes, are ensconced in their home on the Sussex Downs, giving themselves over to their studies: Russell to her theology, and Holmes to his malodorous chemical experiments. Interrupting the idyllic scene, amateur archaeologist Miss Dorothy Ruskin visits with a startling puzzle. Working in the Holy Land, she has unearthed a tattered roll of papyrus with a message from Mary Magdalene. Miss Ruskin wants Russell to safeguard the letter. But when Miss Ruskin is killed in a traffic accident, Russell and Holmes find themselves on the trail of a fiendishly clever murderer. Clearly there was more to Miss Ruskin than met the eye. But why was she murdered? Was it her involvement in the volatile politics of the Holy Land? Was it her championing of women’s rights? Or was it the scroll a deeply troubling letter that could prove to be a Biblical bombshell? In either case, Russell and Holmes soon find that solving her murder may be murder itself.

The Moor

Latest in Laurie King’s popular and much admired Mary Russell crime series: ‘Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels! civilized, ingenious and engrossing’ Literary Review Rumours of a ghostly carriage and a huge ‘devil dog’ on a moonlit moor lead Sherlock Holmes and his wife and sleuthing partner Mary Russell back to the eerie scene of one of his most celebrated cases. And when the body of tin miner Josiah Gorton is found surrounded by oversize paw prints, it looks as if the Hound of the Baskervilles has returned to haunt Dartmoor once more. Attempting to unravel the mystery, Holmes and Russell find themselves caught up in local legend, myth and folklore as a devilish pattern begins to develop against the backdrop of the dark, foreboding Devonshire moor. True to their expectations, events have a real world explanation, but it is one that combines more wild emotion, surprise, and frightening suspense than any ghost story could.

O Jerusalem

With her bestselling mystery series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, Laurie R. King has created ‘lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company,’ according to The New York Times Book Review. Now the author of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and The Moor the first writer since Patricia Cornwell to win both the American Edgar and British Creasey Awards for a debut novel A Grave Talent unfolds a hitherto unknown chapter in the history of Russell’s apprenticeship to the great detective. At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England’s green and pleasant land, Russell and Holmes enter British occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes’ enigmatic brother, Mycroft.’Gentlemen, we are at your service.’ Thus Holmes greets the two travel grimed Arab figures who receive them in the orange groves fringing the Holy Land. Whatever role could the volatile Ali and the taciturn Mahmoud play in Mycroft’s design for this land the British so recently wrested from the Turks? After passing a series of tests, Holmes and Russell learn their guides are engaged in a mission for His Majesty’s Government, and disguise themselves as Bedouins Russell as the beardless youth ‘Amir’ to join them in a stealthy reconnaissance through the dusty countryside.A recent rash of murders seems unrelated to the growing tensions between Jew, Moslem, and Christian, yet Holmes is adamant that he must reconstruct the most recent one in the desert gully where it occurred. His singular findings will lead him and Russell through labyrinthine bazaars, verminous inns, cliff hung monasteries and into mortal danger. When her mentor’s inquiries jeopardize his life, Russell fearlessly wields a pistol and even assays the arts of seduction to save him. Bruised and bloodied, the pair ascend to the jewellike city of Jerusalem, where they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for savagery and power could reduce the city’s most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite this tinderbox of a land…
. Classically Holmesian yet enchantingly fresh, sinuously plotted, with colorful characters and a dazzling historic ambience, O Jerusalem sweeps readers ever onward in the thrill of the chase. From the Hardcover edition.

Justice Hall

Dazzling readers and critics alike, Laurie R. King’s bestselling mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her partner in crime Sherlock Holmes has been described by The New York Times as a lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company. Author of The Moor, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, and O Jerusalem, King the first writer since Patricia Cornwell to win the most prized mystery awards in both the United States and England for a debut novel A Grave Talent brings back Russell and her famous mentor to solve a case that may prove their undoing. Justice HallJust hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving the murky riddle of The Moor, a bloodied but oddly familiar stranger pounds desperately on their front door, pleads for their help, and then collapses. When he recovers, he lays before them the story of the enigmatic Marsh Hughenfort, younger brother of the Duke of Beauville, returned to England upon his brother s death. Not until Holmes and Russell arrive in the village of Arley Holt can they fully understand Marsh s dilemma. For Justice Hall is a home of dizzying beauty and unearthly perfection, set in a garden modeled on Paradise. Russell longs for what it represents: permanence, history, the kind of roots that reach back for centuries. But Holmes senses the burdens echoed in the family motto, Justitia fortitudo mea est. And as Marsh seeks to live by the words, Righteousness is my strength, he is determined to learn the truth about the untimely death of Justice Hall s expected heir…
a puzzle he is convinced only Holmes and Russell can solve. It s a mystery that begins during the Great War of 1918, when young Gabriel Hughenfort, the late Duke s only son, died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. While Holmes heads to London to uncover the truth of Gabriel s war record, Russell joins an ill fated shooting party. A missing diary, a purloined bundle of letters, and a trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that will call for Holmes s cleverest disguises and Russell s most daring journeys into the unknown…
from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot, but can they catch an elusive villain in the act of murder before they become his next victims? A brilliant blend of traditional Holmesian myth, startling originality, complex plotting, and unforgettable characters set against a fully realized early twentieth century world, Justice Hall will delight readers with a mystery as intelligent as it is engagingly devious.

The Game

Laurie R. King’s bestselling mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her husband and partner, Sherlock Holmes, is beloved by readers and acclaimed by critics the world over. Now the illustrious duo returns for their most dangerous exploit yet, in a rich and atmospheric tale that takes them to India to save the life of one of literature s most fabled heroes.

It s the second day of the new year, 1924, and Mary Russell is settling in for a much needed rest with her husband, Sherlock Holmes. But the fragile peace will be fleeting for a visit with Holmes s gravely ill brother, Mycroft, brings news of an intrigue that is sure to halt their respite. Mycroft, who has ties to the highest levels of the government, has just received a strange package. The oilskin wrapped packet contains the papers of a missing English spy named Kimball O Hara indeed, the same Kimball who served as the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling s famed Kim.
An orphaned English boy turned loose in India, Kim long used his cunning to spy for the Crown. But after inexplicably withdrawing from the Great Game of border espionage, he s gone missing and is feared taken hostage or even killed.

When Russell learns of Holmes s own secret friendship with Kim some thirty years before, she knows the die is cast: she will accompany her husband to India to search for the missing operative. But even before they arrive, danger will show its face in everything from a suspicious passenger on board their steamer to an accident that very nearly claims their lives. Once in India, Russell and Holmes must travel incognito no small task for the English lady and her lanky companion. But after a twist of fate forces the couple to part ways, Russell learns that in this faraway place it s often impossible to tell friend from foe and that some games must be played out until their deadly end.

Showcasing King s masterful plotting and skill at making history leap from the page, The Game brings alive an India fraught with unrest and poised for change and an unpredictable mystery with brilliance and character to match.

From the Hardcover edition.

Locked Rooms

Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King’s highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling mystery series. And this time the first couple of detection pair up to unlock the buried memory of a shocking crime with the power to kill again lost somewhere in Russell s own past.

After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of her family s old estate. But the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior a point not lost on Holmes, much to Russell s annoyance.

In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma connected with the unforgettable catastrophe may be the real culprit responsible for Mary s memory lapse. And no sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn t forgotten her. Why does her father s will forbid access to the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?

The more questions they ask of Mary s past, the more people from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard boiled young detective and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent s marriage and the tragic car accident that a fourteen year old Mary alone survived an accident that may not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to discover is that even a forgotten past never dies and it can kill again.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Language of Bees

In a case that will push their relationship to the breaking point, Mary Russell must help reverse the greatest failure of her legendary husband’s storied past a painful and personal defeat that still has the power to sting this time fatally.

For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes s beloved hives.

But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from her husband s past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with and exonerated from murder. Now the talented and troubled young man was enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.

When it comes to communal behavior, Russell has often observed that there are many kinds of madness. And before this case yields its shattering solution, she ll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to a bizarre religious cult, from the demimonde of the Caf Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young woman s past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she s ever faced a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

From the Hardcover edition.

The God of the Hive

In Laurie R. King’s latest Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes mystery, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author delivers a thriller of ingenious surprises and unrelenting suspense as the famous husband and wife sleuths are pursued by a killer immune from the sting of justice. It began as a problem in one of Holmes beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended or so they d hoped with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they ve thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections. Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. With Holmes young granddaughter in her safekeeping, Russell will have to call on instincts she didn t know she had. But has the couple already made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them? From hidden rooms in London shops and rustic forest cabins to rickety planes over Scotland and boats on the frozen North Sea, Russell and Holmes work their way back to each other while uncovering answers to a mystery that will take both of them to solve. A hermit with a mysterious past and a beautiful young female doctor with a secret, a cruelly scarred flyer and an obsessed man of the cloth, Holmes brother, Mycroft, and an Intelligence agent who knows too much: Everyone Russell and Holmes meet could either speed their safe reunion or betray them to their enemies in the most complex, shocking, and deeply personal case of their career.

Pirate King

In this latest adventure featuring the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films where the pirates are real and the shooting isn t all done with cameras. In England’s young silent film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, at the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate rumors of criminal activities that swirl around Fflytte s popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation…
or sink a boatload of careers. Nothing seems amiss until the enormous company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, where the thirteen blond haired, blue eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell feels a building storm of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with secrets, ominous currents between the pirates, decks awash with budding romance and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their dangerous outlaw leader. Plus, there s a spy on board. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout. Pirate King is a Laurie King treasure chest thrilling, intelligent, romantic, a swiftly unreeling masterpiece of suspense.


Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her New York Times bestselling mysteries, Laurie R. King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest a man code named…
It’s eight years after the Great War shattered Bennett Grey s life, leaving him with an excruciating sensitivity to the potential of human violence, and making social contact all but impossible. Once studied by British intelligence for his unique abilities, Grey has withdrawn from a rapidly changing world until an American Bureau of Investigation agent comes to investigate for himself Grey s potential as a weapon in a vicious new kind of warfare. Agent Harris Stuyvesant desperately needs Grey s help entering a world where the rich and the radical exist side by side a heady mix of the powerful and the celebrated, among whom lurks an enemy ready to strike a deadly blow at democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, among a titled family whose servants dress in whimsical costumes and whose daughter conducts an open affair with a man who wants to bring down the government, Stuyvesant finds himself dangerously seduced by one woman and even more dangerously falling in love with another. And as he sifts through secrets divulged and kept, he uncovers the target of a horrifying conspiracy, and wonders if he can trust his Touchstone, Grey, to reveal the most dangerous player of all . Building to an astounding climax on an ancient English estate, Touchstone is both a harrowing thriller by a master of the genre and a thought provoking exploration of the forces that drive history and human destinies.


An acclaimed master of suspense creates a hero*ine you will never forget in this superbly chilling novel of a woman who begins a desperate undertaking that may transform her life or end it. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR WORST FEARS AREN T ALL IN YOUR MIND?Rae Newborn is a woman on the edge: on the edge of sanity, on the edge of tragedy, and now on the edge of the world. She has moved to an island at the far reaches of the continent to restore the house of an equally haunted figure, her mysterious great uncle; but as her life begins to rebuild itself along with the house, his story starts to wrap around hers. Powerful forces are stirring, but Rae cannot see where her reality leaves off and his fate begins. Fifty two years old, Rae must battle the feelings that have long tormented her panic, melancholy, and a skin crawling sense of watchers behind the trees. Before she came here, she believed that most of the things she feared existed only in her mind. And who can say, as disturbing incidents multiply, if any of the watchers on Folly Island might be real? Is Rae paranoid, as her family and the police believe, or is the threat real? Is the island alive with promise or with dangers? With Folly, award winning author LAURIE R. KING once again powerfully redefines psychological suspense on a sophisticated and harrowing new level, and proves why legions of readers and reviewers have named her a master of the genre.

A Darker Place

Called ‘one of the most original talents to emerge in the ’90s’ by Kirkus Reviews, award winning author Laurie R. King delivers an intelligent, terrifying, engrossing drama of good and evil, unlike any she has written before…
.A respected university professor, Anne Waverly has a past known to few: Years ago, her own unwitting act cost Anne her husband and daughter. Fewer still know that this history and her academic specialty alternative religious movements have made her a brilliant FBI operative. Four times she has infiltrated suspect communities, escaping her own memories of loss and carnage to find a measure of atonement. Now, as she begins to savor life once more, she has no intention of taking another assignment. Until she learns of more than one hundred children living in the Change movement’s Arizona compound…
. Anne soon realizes that Change is no ordinary community and hers is no ordinary mission. For, far from appeasing the demons of her past, this assignment is sweeping her back into their clutches…
and to the razor’s edge of danger.

Keeping Watch

Acclaimed as one of the most original talents to emerge in the last decade, award winning author Laurie R. King returns to Folly Island to deliver her most stunning achievement yet a breathtaking novel of suspense that explores the very essence of good and evil.

Allen Carmichael came back from Vietnam a lifetime ago but only now was he ready to return home. For years, he’s lived on the fringes of the law, using a soldier s skills to keep watch over those too young to defend themselves. Some consider him nothing but a kidnapper for hire the best in the business; others call him a hero. His specialty has been rescuing children from abusive parents and escorting them to loving homes. But after twenty five years, he is ready to take on his final case a case that could destroy him.

The boy s name is Jamie: He believes his father is going to kill him. Allen is convinced that the twelve year old is right and devises a strategy to save him. His last job done, Allen heads back to Folly Island, where he plans to settle into a quiet life. But not long after his return, a small plane piloted by the boy s father s crashes, leaving behind debris but no body. Now it is up to Allen to resolve whether Jamie s father is dead or alive and to make sure Jamie himself stays out of harm s way. But a series of ominous events leads Allen to question whether Jamie s father is really the enemy after all. Or if the real threat is far more unspeakable…
and the killer unimaginable.

Riveting, harrowing, and unforgettable, Keeping Watch takes psychological suspense to its most dizzying heights and proves again why Laurie R. King has been called by both readers and critics an undisputed master of suspense.

From the Hardcover edition.

Califia’s Daughters

Set in the near future and inspired by the captivating myth of the warrior queen Califia, this brilliantly inventive novel tells the story of a small, peaceful community of women tucked away in a world gone mad.

Only the elders of the Valley remember life the way it used to be, when people traveled in automobiles and bought food others had grown. When the ratio of male to female was nearly the same. Before the bombs fell, and a deadly virus claimed the world’s men.

Now, civilization’s few surviving males are guarded by women warriors like Dian, the Valley’s chief protector, as fierce and loyal as the guard dogs she trains. When an unexpected convoy of strangers rides into her village, it is
Dian who meets them, ready to do battle.

To her surprise, the visitors come in peace and bear a priceless gift, whose arrival is greeted with as much suspicion as delight. And indeed, the strangers want something in return, a request that could change the future of
the Valley into one of hope or utter desolation.

It is up to Dian to discover their motive, in a journey that will cost her far more than she ever imagined, a journey from which she may never return.

Wild Crimes

From Edgar Award winner Dana Stabenow comes an all new mystery anthology featuring wild men, wilder women, and the wildest crimes imaginable…
Go where the wild things are whether on unruly and lawless urban streets, a secluded stretch of uncivilized and barbarous woods, or in the frozen mountains of Colorado. Anything can happen to anyone anywhere when the nature of man turns wild. Original stories of mystery in the wild by: Michael Armstrong Margaret Coel Mike Doogan Loren D. Estleman Laurie R. King Skye K. Moody Brad Reynolds S. J. Rozan James Sarafin Dana Stabenow John Straley

Unusual Suspects

All new from the top names in mystery and fantasy including a never beforepublished Sookie Stackhouse story from Charlaine Harris! This follow up to Powers of Detection showcases bestselling and award winning names from Simon Green to Laurie King to Sharon Shinn with original stories featuring otherworldly investigators trailing uncanny criminals across fantastical realms. From video game characters seeking civil rights and a cave dragon loan shark pondering an investment, to Santa Claus’s Australian vacation and an enemy of Sam Spade s out for revenge plus visits to the Nightside and Sookie Stackhouse s hometown these stories will take readers around the world on a magical mystery tour.

A Study in Sherlock

BESTSELLING AUTHORS GO HOLMES IN AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW COLLECTION edited by award winning Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of eighteen superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling, and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one of a kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters who solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, and reveal their own personal obsessions with the Great Detective. Thomas Perry, for example, has Dr. Watson tell his tale, in a virtuoso work of alternate history that finds President McKinley approaching the sleuth with a disturbing request; Lee Child sends an FBI agent to investigate a crime near today’s Baker Street only to get a twenty first century shock; Jacqueline Winspear spins a story of a plucky boy inspired by the detective to make his own deductions; and graphic artist Colin Cotterill portrays his struggle to complete this assignment in his hilarious The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story. In perfect tribute comes this delicious collection of twisty, clever, and enthralling studies of a timeless icon. Featuring stories from Alan BradleyTony BroadbentJan BurkeLionel ChetwyndLee ChildColin Cotterill Neil GaimanLaura LippmanGayle Lynds & John SheldonPhillip & Jerry MargolinMargaret MaronThomas PerryS. J. RozanDana StabenowCharles ToddJacqueline Winspear print version only

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