A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell #2) - Laurie R. King 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 ( that is, the method the villain selected to try to kill Mary Russell)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 setting is interesting and not overly crowded with the kind of period detail which screams "author trying too hard".

I loved The Beekeeper's Apprentice. When I recently read it for the first time I wished that I hadn't made a conscious decision not to read it when it was first published. Now I'm rather glad for my delay in coming on board, as I have a whole series to catch up on.