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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King

American novelist
Laurie R. King
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Intro American novelist
A.K.A. Laurie King
Is Writer Novelist Science fiction writer
From United States of America
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 19 September 1952, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Age 68 years
Star sign Virgo
University of California, Santa Cruz
Lambda Literary Award  
Edgar Award  
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Laurie R. King (born September 19, 1952) is an American author best known for her detective fiction.

Life and career

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 Novel and 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.


Kate Martinelli mysteries

Mary Russell and 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 in Garment of Shadows ISBN 978-0-7490-1377-6.)
  • Pirate King (2011) ISBN 0-553-80798-6
  • Garment of Shadows (2012) ISBN 978-0-7490-1377-6
  • Dreaming Spies (2015) ISBN 978-0-3455-3179-7
    (although written thirteenth in sequence, the events in this book take place between those described in The Game and Locked Rooms)
  • The Marriage of Mary Russell (March 15, 2016)
  • The Murder of Mary Russell (April 5, 2016) ISBN 978-0804177900
  • Mary Russell's War And Other Stories of Suspense (2016) ISBN 978-1-4642-0733-4
  • Island of the Mad (2018) ISBN 978-0-804-17796-2
  • Riviera Gold (2020) ISBN 978-0-525-62083-9

Harris Stuyvesant and Bennett Grey series

(Historical novels of suspense, featuring FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant and injured British soldier Bennett Grey)

  • Touchstone (2007) ISBN 978-0-553-80355-6
  • The Bones of Paris (2013) ISBN 978-0-7490-1587-9

Non-series books

  • 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) - science fiction. ISBN 978-0-553-58667-1
  • Lockdown (2017) ISBN 978-0-804-17793-1
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 27 Jan 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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