Expressing interest in the future

Mad as this may seem, you can now pre-order a copy of The Murder of Mary Russell: a book I have yet to finish, a book without cover art, a book more than a year from ending up in your hands. A book with more questions than answers.


It all feels rather Kickstarter-ish, doesn’t it? However, I am assured that the publishing world Takes Pre-Orders Seriously, meaning that a hefty indication of early enthusiasm catches the attention of those who make decisions when it comes to marketing and touring and the like.

True or not, mad or not, I pass on the information to you, as a chance to let the book world know that you’re interested in the story.

(Either because, or in spite, of its title…)

Signed copies can be ordered now from Bookshop Santa Cruz and from my good friends at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, as well as Kindle and Amazon, here.

And really, the next thirteen months will pass so very quickly.


  1. Yvonne Marjot says:

    I’m becoming quite fond of pre-order options. It’s lovely when, months later, an unexpected delight falls onto the mat. I do wish Dreaming Spies was available for paperback pre-order.

  2. melody kitchens says:

    The posted links came up as error coded. Im trying through amazon, will they be signed also?

  3. Your Amazon link goes to the UK edition. And Amazon in the US only has the kindle edition available for pre-order. I’m intrigued, horrified and confused (nicely done!) at the title -and the 13 months will pass faster than I like to contemplate.

  4. While I am thrilled at the announcement of another book in this series, I am mortified at the thought of the end of it all. Or is it a ruse?

  5. Laurie King says:

    Sorry everyone, the links should be fixed now. One gremlin in a post is common, but to have three? I trust this doesn’t mean the book is doomed to problems…
    Thanks for your patience with these techno-flubs.

  6. You bet. Will be on the edge of my seat waiting for it. So glad it took me so long to discover these books. If I had had to wait between each one it would have driven me crazy! As it was, I could read most of the series in one swoop. Ahhhh.

  7. Madonna Smith says:

    I’m not sure I want to preorder a book with this title. In fact, if I don’t preorder this one, will it even happen? Say it ain’t so.

  8. Diane Honeysett says:

    hey there, I would definitely pre-order Mary’s demise (o my lord! that sounds bad) through my local independent, Copperfields, just as soon as there’s an isbn to type in the system. Til then I’ll keep a space ready for Mary in my heart.

  9. Beatrix Cashmore says:

    Well, for better or for worse I have pre-ordered it. As a Mary Russell loyalist it was hard….

  10. Jim Wyche says:

    Miss Laurie, I think DREAMING SPIES may be my new favorite .So well done! I still wonder at how you manage to construct all that dialog in that fertile mind of yours. I am in awe!
    Jim Wyche
    Collegedale, TN

  11. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
    Just… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
    Amazon won’t allow you to pre-order a paper copy just yet, but you can tell them to email you as soon as it’s posted for sale. I’ve done that.

  12. I often take advantage of pre-ordering books that I like. I look forward to getting them to read as soon as they are published. It is a lovely to get them especially if they arrive and I have forgotten the publishing date.
    I have enjoyed the Mary Russell stories since discovering them in the 90’s. I have enjoyed the development of her character through the stories. She has been in some tight situations but i have never considered her demise! I shall miss her if it is the end. Thank you for the many wonderful hours in the Russell/Holmes world.

  13. I am convinced that Mary Russell is on the planning, rather than the receiving, end of this murder of hers. (Or rather, I wish that I were convinced of it!)

  14. Ann Gosney says:

    Just finished reading The God of the Hive. Have now read all Mary Russell books except Dreaming Spies, and once again you have outdone yourself! How do you keep writing such wonderful books??? You are truly amazing!

    Just recently started Kate Martinelli series, and was so afraid they would be disappointing after the Mary Russell series . . . but should not have worried. There is no end to your talent. Thank you for so many hours of delightful reading.

  15. Amazon only shows the ebook

  16. Gillian Barr says:

    Kindle edition pre-ordered!

  17. Chiere Martyn says:

    It would be “in spite of”. I love Mary and her older Sherlock!

  18. And for we nook users, the ebook is available as pre-order on Barnes and Nobles…..but, Laurie, with that title we all might have nervous breakdowns by next April…but I am betting on Russell and Holmes to make it.

  19. Adrienne says:

    Hello and greetings from southern Oregon,
    I am, frankly, new to Russell/Holmes as it was mentioned to me a little while ago that I would enjoy The Beekeepers Apprentice, having been a Holmes fan for nearly a decade and a half. Curiosity peaked.

    I must mention I just finished Justice Hall and I hope Ali and Mahmoud appear again. They are wonderful masterpieces (from one writer to another) and expertly done. Only a few authors can say they have created such complex characters.

    Eagerly awaiting this one (I just hope she doesn’t really die).
    Have a lovely day,
    Adrienne H.

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