Laurie R. King
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Laurie R. King (born September 19, 1952) is an American author best known for her detective fiction. Among her 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 fictional lesbian San Francisco, California, police officer.
King was born in Oakland, California in 1952. She 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 lives in Watsonville, California with her family.
King's first book, A Grave Talent (1993), received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a 1995 John Creasey Memorial Award. This was followed by the 1996 Nero Award, for A Monstrous Regiment of Women, and the 2002 Macavity Award for Best Novel, for Folly. She has also been nominated for an Agatha Award, an Orange Prize, and two more Edgars. Using the pseudonym "Leigh Richards", she has published a futuristic novel, Califia's Daughters (2004).
She later received an honorary doctorate from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She has lived for many years in the hills above Monterey Bay near 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.
Kate Martinelli mysteries
- A Grave Talent (1993) ISBN 0-312-08804-3
- To Play the Fool (1995) ISBN 0-312-11907-0
- With Child (1996) ISBN 0-312-14077-0
- Night Work (2000) ISBN 0-553-10713-5
- The Art of Detection (2006) ISBN 0-553-80453-7 (Lambda Literary Award 2006)
Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mysteries
- The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994) ISBN 0-312-10423-5
- A Monstrous Regiment of Women (1995) ISBN 0-312-13565-3
- A Letter of Mary (1997) ISBN 0-312-14670-1
- The Moor (1998) ISBN 0-312-16934-5
- O Jerusalem (1999) ISBN 0-553-11093-4
(Although written fifth in sequence, the events in this book take place during the latter part of those described in The Beekeeper's Apprentice)
- Justice Hall (2002) ISBN 0-553-11113-2
- The Game (2004) ISBN 0-553-80194-5
- Locked Rooms (2005) ISBN 0-553-80197-X
- The Language of Bees (2009) ISBN 0-553-80454-5
- The God of the Hive (2010) ISBN 0-553-80554-1
- Beekeeping for Beginners (an ebook novella) (2011) ISBN 978-0-7490-4059-8
(This short story describes the early events of The Beekeeper's Apprentice from the point of view of Sherlock Holmes. The novella is included with the publication of Garment of Shadows in ISBN 978-0-7490-1377-6)
- Pirate King (2011) ISBN 0-553-80798-6
- Garment of Shadows (2012) ISBN 978-0-7490-1377-6
Stuyvesant and Grey series
(Historical novels of suspense, featuring FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant and injured British soldier Bennett Grey)
- A Darker Place [UK title: The Birth of a New Moon] (1999) ISBN 978-0-553-57824-9
- Folly (2001) ISBN 978-0-553-38151-1
- Keeping Watch (2003) ISBN 978-0-553-38252-5
- Califia's Daughters (as Leigh Richards) (2004) ISBN 978-0-553-58667-1
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.