“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
Laurie R. King
Publication Date: September 6
I’m looking forward to Pirate King (Random House, 2011), the latest absorbing novel from Laurie R. King.
Pirate King is the 11th book in the series of novels (starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice) that have the young bluestocking Mary Russell living and working alongside the daunting Sherlock Holmes. An unusually well-educated female of the day, Mary Russell has daunting talents of her own when it comes to detection, as well as a facility with languages and logic that make her an, if not quite equal, partner in solving cases, a close facsimile thereof.
The books in this series touch on international politics, history, philosophy, religion, and other weighty issues, with the elements of historical fiction outweighing the mystery elements. They may not appeal to Sherlock Holmes purists, or to those who like their mysteries straight up.