Forgotten Book: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King

this is the 235th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books

A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King, Bantam 1997 paperback, Holmes & Russell, 2nd in series

Monstrous Regiment of WomenI very much enjoyed the first in this series, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which I read in March 1997. I see from my read list I gave it a rating of “excellent” (4.5 of 5 stars) and when I reviewed it in The Perp, saying I liked the book a lot and gave it a “highly recommended”.

At the time I bought the next three books in the series, available in paperback. Why I didn’t read another until a couple of years later had to do, as is so often the case, with the number of books in the TBR pile and my own idiosyncrasies of what appeals at any particular moment. I plucked this from the shelf a couple months ago, read about 30 pages, then left it in the car, and every now and then I’d pick it up and read a few pages, perhaps while at the pool or in the car waiting for someone. But the book grabbed me and I decided to finish it, which I did in a couple of days. I wrote this review and then that got set aside until now.

A series of murders claims members of a church/suffrage organization’s wealthy young female volunteers, and Mary Russell, with Holmes in the background, investigates, little knowing what danger she personally faces. Mary has come into her majority and so has the means to match her intellect and skills in determining the truth behind the murders and a near-fatal accident.

I don’t think this is as good as the initial book, but that’s my reaction comparing the plots, I like the writing in both. I know people who liked this one better. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this one at all, I just didn’t happen to like it as much The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Since the time I read this, I’ve gone on in the series by several more books. There hasn’t been one I didn’t like. However I’m several books behind in this series, so I can’t speak for all of them.

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14 Responses to Forgotten Book: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King

  1. Must try these as I am fairly partial to a decent pastiche – thanks Richard.

  2. Jerry House says:

    I’ve only read the first in the series, which I liked a lot.

  3. I’ll probably see Laurie King at BOUCHERCON in a couple of weeks. Like Jerry, I liked the first book in the series. But I stopped there.

  4. I remember this only for the great title!

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I read the first one (Beekeeper’s Apprentice), but didn’t have the same reaction as most of you. Yes, it was well written, but no, I didn’t care for it. The relationship creeped me out. I thought it was more adolescent wish fulfillment than believable.

    Not for me.

  6. fence says:

    I’ve enjoyed all the ones in this series that I’ve read, think I’ve missed the last two or so. This is one of my favourites along with The Moor

  7. Matt Paust says:

    The title alone has snagged me. I shall keep an eye out for it.

  8. tracybham says:

    I read the first book, but did not move on right away to the 2nd one. That happens a lot nowadays. Too many books to read. I do have A Monstrous Regiment… and a few more in the series, so I should read it soon.

    • It happens to me too, and then I wind up with books I intent to read on the shelf while I move on to other things. I need to kick myself into gear and peruse the shelves more often, update my TBR more often (and remove some things that have been there over a year).

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