Laurie R. King
holmes no longer alone
King is a witty, literate author with two continuing series of mysteries. The better of the two concerns a feminist woman named Mary Russell who, in the early part of this century, first befriends and then marries Sherlock Holmes. This series does not consist of Holmes pastiche, by any means; this is, so to speak, the real Holmes, not the caricature presented by one. The effect strikes me as a cross between ' Peter Wimsey and ' Amelia Peabody. I've enjoyed the series immensely to date, and look forward to any future books.
The second series concerns a present-day homicide detective with the San Francisco Police Department, one Kate Martinelli. The series is grittier and less fun than the Mary Russell books, and I don't like them as well, but they are nevertheless well-written.