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A Monstrous Regiment of Women (original 1995; edição 1996)

por Laurie R. King

Séries: Mary Russell (2), Mary Russell {Chronological Order} (December 1920-February 1921)

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Followers of the New Temple of God--all well-bred, well-heeled young women--are becoming targets for murder. With Sherlock Holmes at her side, Mary Russell plunges headlong into a dangerous investigation of life behind the sinister temple walls.
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Título:A Monstrous Regiment of Women
Autores:Laurie R. King
Informação:Bantam (1996), Paperback
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A Monstrous Regiment of Women por Laurie R. King (1995)

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Mary has graduated from Oxford and is just about to turn twenty-one and finally claim her inheritance and independence from her despised aunt when she encounters old friend Ronnie Beaconsfield in London. Ronnie introduces her to Margery Childe who is running a religious, feminist, charitable organization.

Mary is fascinated when she hears Margery speak and is intrigued by her take on theology. She is also intrigued by the various charitable and political activities of temple since they fit into her feminist viewpoints. But things are not all wonderful. There have been a series of deaths of women associated with the Temple who just happen to have included the Temple in their wills for substantial amounts.

When Ronnie is almost a victim of a fatal accident, Mary begins to put things together to investigate who might have a reason to want to collect these young women's gifts long before they should. She cannot suspect Margery herself but those around her are certainly suspects.

When Mary herself is kidnapped and held by a kidnapper who tries to addict her to heroin, it takes a while for Sherlock to realize she is missing and then to find her. Mary's kidnapping certainly clarified her feelings for Holmes and his for her which had been a source of stress for both of them since Mary had grown up.

I loved the historical setting and the intriguing information about theology that is included in the book. I also loved seeing the aftereffects of World War I both on the men who fought it and the women who stayed at home. Women who had substantial roles in work and society weren't going to be stuffed back into their roles as subordinate to men and confined to household duties.

This is quite an intriguing and thought-provoking historical mystery where the mystery plays equally with the other themes of social change and religion. ( )
  kmartin802 | Apr 12, 2021 |
Not as good as the first Mary Russell, nor some of the later ones, but still a good entertaining read. A very refreshing heroine. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
I’ve enjoyed the other books in this series that I’ve read, but this one I loved. Totally loved it.

It is 1921 and our hero, Mary Russell, has finished her undergraduate course at Oxford. She is also about to come into her inheritance. Her life on the brink of being totally her own. No longer a ward of her aunt’s; she will be able to live as she chooses. But how will she choose, and what does she want to do with her life? Will she pursue an academic career with her interest in theology? Or does her future lie with Holmes and the life of a detective?

Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2010/02/02/a-monstrous-regiment-of-women/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Enjoyed it!
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  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
I enjoy the books in this series. There is always a mystery, of course, but the secondary themes--relationship between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes--and Mary's studies of religion and, specifically, Judaism, add substantively to the overall experience. The mystery itself is quite an intricate unfolding. Very enjoyable. ( )
  TGPistole | Jun 20, 2020 |
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In a minute, she jumped up again and began a prowl around the perimeter of the room, and so strong was the image of cat that I should not have been greatly surprised had she leapt up on the sideboard and threaded her way between the bottles.
At that moment, something entered the room, a thing compounded of the memory of our argument atop the hansom, of the intimacy of the hour and the place, of my thin and clinging blouse and his long legs stretched out towards the fire and of my growing sense of womanliness.
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