Laurie R. King
|Born||September 19, 1952|
|Pen name||Leigh Richards|
|Alma mater|| University of California, Santa Cruz (1977)|
Graduate Theological Union (1984)
|Period||1993 to Present|
|Spouse||Noel Quinton King (1977-2009)|
Laurie R. King (born September 19, 1952) is an American author best known for her detective fiction.
Born in Oakland, California, King earned a degree in comparative religion from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1977 and a masters in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in 1984, where her thesis was on "Feminine Aspects of Yahweh". She later received an honorary doctorate from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
Among King's books are the Mary Russell series of historical mysteries, featuring Sherlock Holmes as her mentor and later partner, and a series featuring Kate Martinelli, a lesbian police officer in San Francisco, California. Using the pseudonym "Leigh Richards", she has published a science fiction novel, Califia's Daughters (2004).
King's first book, A Grave Talent (1993), received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best First Noveland a 1995 John Creasey Memorial Award. This was followed by the 1996 Nero Award, for A Monstrous Regiment of Women , the 2002 Macavity Award for Best Novel, for Folly, the 2007 Lambda Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, for The Art of Detection, and the 2015 Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, for Dreaming Spies . She has also been nominated for two Anthonys, a Barry, two additional Edgars, another Macavity, an Orange Prize, and four RT Reviewers' Choice Awards.
She was inducted into membership of The Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.
She lives in Watsonville, California,in the hills above Monterey Bay, southeast of Santa Cruz, California. From 1977 until his death in early 2009, she was married to the historian Noel Quinton King. They are the parents of two children, Zoe and Nathan.
| Library resources about |
Laurie R. King
|By Laurie R. King|
(Historical novels of suspense, featuring FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant and injured British soldier Bennett Grey)
Emrys, A. B. "Under Cover of Wartime: Disguised Murder in Works by Rennie Airth, Laurie R. King, Martha Grimes, and Anthony Horowitz." CLUES: A Journal of Detection 25.4 (Summer 2007): 53-63.
Mary Russell is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery series by American author Laurie R. King. She first appears in the novel The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
Nevada Barr is an American author of mystery fiction. She is known for her Anna Pigeon series, which is primarily set in a series of national parks and other protected areas of the United States.
Alyson Books, formerly known as Alyson Publications, was a book publishing house which specialized in LGBT fiction and non-fiction. Former publisher Don Weise described it as "the world's oldest and largest publisher of LGBT literature" and "the home of award-winning books in the areas of memoir, history, humor, commercial fiction, mystery, and erotica, among many others".
A Monstrous Regiment of Women is the second book in the Mary Russell series of mystery novels by Laurie R. King.
O Jerusalem is the fifth book in the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King.
Macavity the Mystery Cat, also called the Hidden Paw, is a fictional character and the main antagonist in T. S. Eliot's 1939 poetry book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. He also appears in the Andrew Lloyd Webber 1981 musical Cats, which is based on Eliot's book. Macavity is a master criminal and con artist; he possesses mystical powers and is the antagonist of the musical.
Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team lives in the eastern United States, in North Carolina and Delaware respectively.
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Or On the Segregation of the Queen is the first book in the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. It was nominated for the Agatha best novel award and was deemed a Notable Young Adult book by the American Library Association.
Dana Cameron is an American archaeologist, and author of award-winning crime fiction and urban fantasy.
Nancy Pickard is a US crime novelist. She has won five Macavity Awards, four Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, and a Shamus Award. She is the only author to win all four awards. She also served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and began writing when she was 35 years old.
Hank Phillippi Ryan is an American investigative reporter for Channel 7 News on WHDH-TV, a local television station in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also an author of mystery novels.
Leslie S. Klinger is an American attorney and writer. He is a noted literary editor and annotator of classic genre fiction, including the Sherlock Holmes stories and the novels Dracula and Frankenstein as well as Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comics, Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen graphic novel, the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, and Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
Kelli Stanley is an American author of mystery-thrillers. The majority of her published fiction is written in the genres of historical crime fiction and noir. Her best known work, the Miranda Corbie series, is set in San Francisco, her adoptive hometown.
Sharan Newman is an American historian and writer of historical novels. She won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery in 1994.
Susanna Kearsley is a New York Times best-selling Canadian novelist of historical fiction and mystery, as well as thrillers under the pen name Emma Cole. In 2014, she received Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance for The Firebird.
Garment of Shadows is a 2012 mystery novel by American author Laurie R. King. Twelfth in the Mary Russell series, the story features married detectives Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. The events of the novel follow that of Pirate King and feature their old friends, Ali and Mahmoud Hazr.
Dreaming Spies is a 2015 mystery novel by American author Laurie R. King. Thirteenth in the Mary Russell series, the story features married detectives Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Although written thirteenth in sequence, the events in this book take place between those described in The Game and Locked Rooms.
Kate Martinelli is the fictional lesbian detective featured in novelist’s Laurie R. King mysteries. The books are set in San Francisco, where Martinelli serves as a police officer with her partner, Alonzo Hawkin. The first book in the series, A Grave Talent, won an Edgar Award in 1994 for Best First Mystery Novel.
The Murder of Mary Russell is a 2016 mystery novel by American author Laurie R. King. Fourteenth in the Mary Russell series featuring married detectives Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, the novel focuses on the story of the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson.
Island of the Mad is a 2018 mystery novel by American author Laurie R. King. Fifteenth in the Mary Russell series, the story features married detectives Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. The events of the novel follow shortly after that of The Murder of Mary Russell.