Dreaming Spies minus 4; The Illustrated R&H now!

[This giveaway is now closed, sorry, but stay tuned for more of the same!]

Four months from today, Dreaming Spies appears on shelves!

Dreaming Spies High Res JPEG  And so not all of you are forced to wait, I have two copies of the bound galleys (the book’s ARC) to give away here on Mutterings. All you need to do is post a comment on this post between now and Sunday night, and I’ll announce the winners on Monday.

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In the meantime, while all but two of you are waiting, there’s a new project out from LRK publishing:

The Illustrated Russell & Holmes


Ten beautifully illustrated works of art celebrating the world of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, collected together for the first time, each 8½ x 11”, suitable for framing.  The packet includes one-page fiction, maps, poems, and artwork, to celebrate the community that has sprung up around Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Some of them you’ve seen before, others have not appeared elsewhere before this. All of them are really lovely.

For details of the ten pieces—or, twelve, with the limited-time bonus of two more items—and how to order them, click here.


  1. I’ve been waiting for years to learn about what happened in Japan! Feb. doesn’t seem that far away …

  2. Joanna Freeman says:

    I can’t wait for the new book! I love the Illustrated Russell and Holmes artwork as well!

  3. Really looking forward to this book!

  4. Michelle Sterlingshires says:

    I’m definitely wanting to get the Illustrated Russell & Holmes for a Christmas gift.

  5. Linda Burchfield says:

    How wonderful! Definitely framable!

  6. Peggy Mitchell says:

    Looking forward to this book

  7. Peggy Mitchell says:

    Wo love to win this book!

  8. Katherine Dodd says:

    February will get here,eventually… The contents of Dreaming Spies will only remain a mystery for a few wonderful hours after the book falls into my anxious hands.

  9. Linda Burchfield says:

    Cannot wait! I miss Russell and Holmes. BIG TIME!

  10. My son and I are so looking forward to this book coming out — he’s been speculating for years about the Japan interlude!

  11. Lanie Hubbard says:

    I can’t wait!

  12. Cheryl Wendling says:

    Even if I don’t win, I’ll buy them. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your books. Before I retired from teaching, I used to recommend your books to students and friends as a wonderful example of an intelligent, strong female protagonist.

  13. Christina says:

    A new Russell is alway welcome!

  14. Lisa Conner says:

    I missed getting a new H&R for my birthday (in September). I’m ready for it!

  15. Cynthia Fehrenbach says:

    I too have been looking forward to the Japan part of the journey, especially because I do not know that much about the culture of Japan in the ’20’s and I trust Laurie to explain it all in her finely crafted way!

  16. Nikki Weiss says:

    I’m beyond thrilled to have a new Russell novel coming out soon! She inspired me to study abroad in England, which was a brilliant and life-changing adventure. Can’t wait to read what Russell and Holmes have been up to–I’ve missed them!

  17. Looks fantastic! Cannot WAIT for the new book- it’s always fun filling in the gaps of their stories. 🙂 Thank you so much for letting us have a chance for a new Russell even SOONER!!!

  18. Oh my goodness I cannot wait for this book. Japan has been like a splinter in my brain for years! Mary Russell probably contributed to my being a feminist today– and ever since I met her, I’ve been more interested in Mary Russell’s Husband rather than The Great Detective.

  19. carol weston says:

    It would be great to get a chance to read and see these lovely additions to the R&H story sooner, rather than later.

  20. Meredith T says:

    Trotted off to a Sherlockian Halloween as Miss Russell. (And apologies to her!) I’m sadly aware that I am too short, too plump, and chronologically challenged for an accurate portrayal.

    However, I did have a lovely fake throwing knife and real spectacles.

    It would be grand to have an ARC. Thank you, indeed!

  21. Meredith T says:

    Trotted off to a Sherlockian Halloween party as Miss Russell (and apologies to her!) Aware that sadly I am too short, too plump, and chronologically challenged for an accurate portrayal. However, I did have a nice fake throwing knife and real spectacles.
    An ARC would be wonderful, indeed.

  22. Robin Honns says:

    This would be an awesom prize to win!! LRK IS THE BEST!

  23. larry farkash says:

    I haven’t had a set of galleys to read in years. Love to read them.

  24. Can’t wait! Thanks for the giveaway, I sure hope that I win.

  25. Sarah Pantoja says:

    I love that Mary Russell is an independent woman in a time when women were expected to be very dependent.

  26. Robin Sommo says:

    Thank you for all of your books. They have made a difference in my life.

  27. Looking forward to this book and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

  28. I can’t wait to read this one. Well, actually I can’t wait to read any Russell/Holmes story. but I really want to know what happened in Japan.

  29. Nancy Beckham says:

    I am really looking forward to this new book. I just re-read Locked Rooms as I ordered my Kindle version . I knew I would be on an airplane for about 14 hours flying to Baltimore MD and back to Southern California.the beginning of October. Locked Rooms alludes to the Japan trip, although the plot is so good in Locked Rooms I always get carried away and speed read the last 4 or 5 chapters. However, your mutterings about what Mary Russel had done as a younger child has been great leading up to Dreaming Spies debut in the stores. I can hardly wait!

  30. Nice cover

  31. Ohh, I can’t wait to read about the adventure in Japan!! I’ve been re-reading some of my favorite bits from the series again 🙂
    The artwork is beautiful; I need to order some ASAP!

  32. Thank you for offering this giveaway and for writing another Russel/Holmes story.

  33. Jenni Reiz in Edmonton says:

    pant, pant – waiting so impatiently, would not make a good operative, I know!!!!

  34. I too have been as prong the anticipation of discovering just what happened in Japan.

  35. Annette D says:

    4 MONTHS!!!!! I think a preorder will be a great Christmas present to myself!

  36. Oh honey bee, what did I buy? Ah, never mind, it is certainly money well spent. But this illustrated version seems to be a smorgasbord of loveliness! My comment is leaping in the air calling ‘pick me! Oh, pick me!’ I hope you can see it. ^v^

  37. Just finished Bones of Paris and your essay collection on Sherlock. I particularly enjoyed “Dr. Watson’s War Wound” and — yes! — “Textual … Criticism.” I’m really looking forward to the new Russell.

  38. Karis Youngman says:

    Can’t wait for the new book, I couldn’t put the last one down!

  39. Krishna shah says:

    Looking forward to this book.

  40. 2bnallegory says:

    That looks fabulous, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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