Anne Rumery graduated with a degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which means she is qualified to read, write, and sell books. She worked at Borders for a few years which crossed sell books off her list, she currently works at a publishing company which takes care of reading books, and with the completion of Mary Clockwork, she has finally written a book. She currently lives in central Illinois with her boyfriend, Drew, and her two cats, Josephine and Arthur.
Mary Balfour is a precocious 13-year-old in Victorian London. In the mysterious absence of her parents, she's pretty much on her own. She wants Sherlock Holmes to train her as a consulting detective, but he turns her down, so she decides to get back at him. With the help of her servants and a group of less-than-respectable friends, she plans a crime that even he cannot solve.