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On the day the Great War began, August 4, 1914, fourteen-year-old Mary Russell opened a new diary and wrote the words: I was fourteen when I first heard about the War. Fourteen years and 214 days, with my nose (as usual) in a book as I walked down the stairs. At least, that’s how Mother says I shall remember it. And Father agrees, that War will be both long and hard, for aOn the day the Great War began, August 4, 1914, fourteen-year-old Mary Russell opened a new diary and wrote the words: I was fourteen when I first heard about the War. Fourteen years and 214 days, with my nose (as usual) in a book as I walked down the stairs. At least, that’s how Mother says I shall remember it. And Father agrees, that War will be both long and hard, for all the European countries and the Empire... Young Mary’s weekly entries begin in San Francisco and take her to Boston, London, and Sussex during the early months of the war. They chronicle not only the European conflict, but her turmoil over more personal catastrophic events as well. Mary Russell’s War offers readers a unique and personal glimpse into Mary's early life, before she met Sherlock Holmes and her life was transformed....

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ISBN : 25962446
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Number of Pages : 113 Pages
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Mary Russell's War: A Journal of the Great War Reviews

  • Kathe
    2019-05-19 10:03

    When I started to read this slight volume, it seemed to be simply a schoolgirl's diary that I thought would provide a few details about the character's background. Well, I was clearly underestimating the inestimable Mary Russell. Let's just say that the back story provided here is a very useful and interesting prequel to King's series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, starting with The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

  • GraceAnne
    2019-05-25 05:57

    Read this first as blog posts and again as an eBook. Wonderful insight into Mary as a teen, Mary before the accident that took her family, Mary responding to the daily unfolding of the horrors of WWI. What a terrific character - more than that, she is utterly real.

  • Liz
    2019-06-05 05:43

    Written as entries into a diary, beginning just before the deaths of Mary's family, and ending two days prior to stumbling over Sherlock Holmes on the Sussex Downs. A good short story addendum to the Tale of Mary, this also gives us a glimpse of Dr. Leah Ginzberg in her own notes to Mary and inclusions into the diary.Now to re-read Locked Rooms!

  • Judith
    2019-06-08 05:56

    I'm a fan of this series featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. This short story provides great information about 14-year old Mary and fills gaps in her backstory. Plus it's a great review of the beginnings of WWI in America and across the pond.

  • Alexandra
    2019-06-08 10:59

    Get it now if you want it, it's going away Feb 1st,

  • Carl
    2019-06-13 12:53

    One of the series and authors who I have enjoyed immensely since I retired is the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie King. First of all, being a Holmes fan, I was always looking for a new voice in the Holmesian world of literature; in the author Laurie King I found a clear, intelligent voice who offered a new twist - Holmes mentoring an inquisitive young lady. And thus the series is born with "The Beekeeper’s Apprentice." I simply loved this first "Mary Russell" book. I found the characters to be delightful and refreshing, the plot was innovative as certainly the situation was as well, the tone was well maintained, and it was simply believable. "Mary Russell's War: A Journal of the Great War" is a newer story - in reality a novella or a long short story. What is most impressive about this story is that it provides the background essentially leading up to the time in which Holmes meets young Mary at the beginning of "The Beekeeper’s Apprentice." The "journal" provides background into Mary as a teen, Mary before and following the accident that took her family, and Mary responding to the daily unfolding of the horrors of WWI. We delightfully get a deeper understanding of Mary's character. If I really have a complaint is that I would have liked even more - more background, more plot development. It was like a wonderful piece of chocolate; as good as it was, you just want a bit more! Look for the edition with other short stories; I not even sure that the Kindle copy I got is even available any more. Look for - "Mary Russell's War: and other Stories of Suspense."

  • Morgan Dhu
    2019-05-30 10:05

    Laurie R. King's novella Mary Russell's War is a prequel to her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, covering the year immediately preceding the first volume of that series. It takes the form of a personal journal kept by Mary during the run-up to, and first year of, the first World War. The journal alternates between events in Mary's life - which include the traumatic accident in which her parents and brother died, and her decision to leave the custodial care of her paternal grandparents in Boston to return to her mother's home in England - and actual photos and news articles that appeared in various American and British publications during the tine period covered by the novella. It's quite an introduction to Mary Russell, and plants the seeds of much that comes out slowly during the later books of the series. A quick but enjoyable read.

  • Mary
    2019-05-30 12:45

    I didn't want to read this. I knew what was going to happen and it was like watching a train wreck. There was nothing I could do. The bad things were going to happen whether I read it or not. And they did. But, oh so well done.

  • Mckinley
    2019-05-22 08:02

    Moves back to her young years.

  • Jeff Crosby
    2019-05-25 06:48

    This is a clever novella that adds depth to the passage of Mary as a youngster in San Francisco to an indecent young woman in Sussex.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-07 11:41

    This is the story of Mary Russell in the year or so before she met Sherlock Holmes on the Sussex Downs in 'Beekeeper's Apprentice.' It covers the start of WWI, when she and her family were in San Francisco, and continues through the time when she lost her family and moved back to England. Interspersed are a lot of details about the war, along with pictures, newspaper stories, etc.While I was grateful to get more detail on this part of Mary's life, I was lukewarm about this as a story. I thought the parts about the war felt like chunks of textbook inserted into a story, so they didn't really connect for me, and I kept skipping them to get back to Mary's own story. I think it would have been better covered in a full-length, non "diary" book, which would work just fine as YA historical fiction with no mystery. There's certainly enough angst to qualify, and it would have more depth and connection.

  • Lynne Rosenthal
    2019-06-05 11:59

    A Perfect PrequilA delightful glimpse into Mary Russell's earlier life as she moves from precocious child and blossoms into the strong brilliant woman we have come to know so well.I recommend her excellent journal to all who have read about her life with Mr. Holmes and all who are not yet aware of the gifts given to us by Laurie R. King.

  • Ann
    2019-06-01 09:54

    Short . . . essentially a prequel. Journal style explains what led Mary Russell to Sussex where she met Sherlock Holmes at the beginning of the novel length entries in the series. Probably only of interest to true fans of the series . . . certainly does not need to be read prior to starting with "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." There's no mystery or anything . . . it's just background.

  • Jeanne
    2019-05-30 05:57

    I was glad to be back in the company of Mary and Holmes but I long for a novel.this was a nice collection of familiar and new stories. and Holmes must truly be immortal if still alive when Mary is 92!

  • Becky Galambos
    2019-06-04 11:58

    I finally bought a kindle and downloaded all of the short Mary Russell Stories. I love having some of the background on Mary "Pre Holmes" and hearing more about her family and life before the auto accident.

  • Naomi
    2019-06-09 08:47

    I actually read Mary Russell's War and other stories. I had forgotten that Laurie R. King writes so confidently about Sherlock Holmes and his later bee-keeping years. I would recommend reading her Mary Russell books in order for optimum enjoyment.

  • John
    2019-06-15 07:07

    Novella length prequel, beginning shortly before the accident that left Russell an orphan and closing with a direct dive into the opening page of Beekeeper's Apprentice. An entertaining diversion despite all the trauma, with period news clippings and photos for that "scrapbook" feel.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-16 11:02

    So very glad Mary is on our side!!! She could have gone Dark Side with just a few slight turns. (Went back and re-read "Mary's Christmas" and "Beekeeping for Beginners" after this, just to prolong the fun!)

  • Sabrina Flynn
    2019-06-15 11:49

    A wonderful, and at times, heart-wrenching prequel to The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Written in journal form, it gives readers a bit more insight into the mind of Mary Russell and the events leading up to that fateful day when she nearly stepped on Sherlock Holmes.

  • Beth
    2019-06-16 07:06

    Terrific short story of Mary as a 14 year old when the first world war breaks out. Tragedies abound, yet Mary soldiers on...

  • Judy
    2019-06-11 10:42

    While the plot was less intriguing and well developed than in those novels I previously read, the descriptions of the moor itself were lush and evocative.

  • Judith
    2019-05-20 14:05

    This short story fills in some of the early life of Mary Russell before the Russell/Holmes stories. Very glad to have read it.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-09 12:53

    Short, but good, and it filled in so much of Mary's backstory. How she dealt with her family's death, the people who helped her, and the events leading up to her meeting Holmes.

  • Panda99
    2019-05-28 10:02

    I did find this interesting, Mary's time just before she meets Mr. Holmes. Her view of her aunt seems different here that when we read the novels. I'm not sure how her memory block affected that.

  • Amy
    2019-06-01 10:53

    Quick read. Mary's journal when she was 14 and 15, just prior to meeting Sherlock Holmes. Provides some interesting background information for the Mary Russell series.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-15 06:59

    3 1/2*. Bits of background to the novels, and I suspect if I didn't know a lot of WWI, I'd have really liked this. As it was, it was kind of interesting, but not gripping.

  • Neeuqdrazil
    2019-05-18 11:48

    Another novella, this one dealing with the lead-up to the start of the Beekeeper's Apprentice.

  • Teri
    2019-06-13 13:00

    I really enjoyed getting into Mary Russell's head and learning more about what she was like before meeting Holmes.

  • Reedrunner92
    2019-06-05 06:54

    I love the Mary Russell series, but this novella was a disappointment. Too many cutesie references to the original Sherlock Holmes series.

  • Sandra Alvarez-Juliachs
    2019-06-07 08:03