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The God of the Hive (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes)

The God of the Hive (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes) [Kindle Edition]

Laurie R. King
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Mesmerising - another wonderful novel by the hand of a master storyteller. --Michael Connelly

Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years. --Val McDermid

King is one of the finest crime novelists now writing. --The Globe and Mail

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It began as a problem in one of Holmes' beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended - or so they'd hoped - with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they've thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections.

Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. With Holmes' young granddaughter in her safekeeping, Russell will have to call on instincts she didn't know she had. But has the couple already made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them?

From hidden rooms in London shops and rustic forest cabins to rickety planes over Scotland and boats on the frozen North Sea, Russell and Holmes work their way back to each other in the most complex, shocking, and deeply personal case of their career.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553590413
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (10 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7NDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent adventure 31 July 2011
This book rounds off the story started in "The Language of Bees". I was glad I'd bought them both together, since I suspect I would have been very frustrated had I bought just the first, since it is very much a two-part story.

This book shows Russell and Holmes coming back together after being separated at the end of "The Language of Bees". There are, of course, airplane crashes, murder attempts, disguises, hidden messages and chases through the back streets of London first! I enjoyed spending more time with characters introduced in the first book - the pilot Javitz, Damien, and the charmingly precocious (maybe too much so?) Estrella. A new character is Robert Goodman - I found parts of his story a little thin, like he could have had his own book, but he was an enjoyable character to spend time with.

The one part of this book I didn't enjoy so much was the ending - it felt a little rushed, and since the Baddie from the first book is dispatched without much fanfare without another confrontation with our heroes, I would have liked a more well-rounded, satisfying, ending to this book. However, I can't say that it didn't tidy up most of the loose ends and laid a few tantalising clues for future plots without making me feel it was just setting up for another sequel. That is to say, this book concludes the story from "The Language of Bees", and sits well as a book in a series without feeling that the story is being left abruptly.

That being said, I do hope that the next book in the series allows us to spend some more time with Holmes and Russell together - I don't always feel that they're working in tandem in their partnership, let alone as a married couple. I want domesticity. Just a little bit, before the next mystery comes along!

A must-buy for any fans of the Mary Russell series, although I couldn't recommend this novel as a starting point for a new reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Green Man is here 2 Sep 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The God of the Hive follows on directly from events in The Language of Bees and is the 10th book to feature Mary Russell. Mary and Sherlock are separated again and on the run. At first assessment you think of Reichenbach, and there are certainly deliberate similarities but the suspense gets left behind too often. Laurie R. King chooses instead to tell a more character driven story, examining Russell's new relationship with the recently discovered granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes. It's easy to forget that the whole business began as a search for the girl's missing mother. King has covered similar ground to this in her Kate Martinelli detective series.
The die hard Sherlockian in me can't read the start of a chapter beginning with the words 'Chief Inspector Lestrade' without at least a slight twitch of my arm muscles (perhaps to punch the air) even if this Lestrade is a younger chip off the original block. A lengthy interlude in the wild woods of northern England takes up a large section of the book, including the introduction of a new character called Goodman. A man with a tortured history of war damaged psychosis, King fancies as an embodiment of the English folklore legend of The Green Man and a similar revisit to another of King's character experiments - see the Martinelli book To Play the Fool. It's this particular Holy Fool who is partly responsible for a funeral so bizarre it might not have looked out of place on an episode of The Prisoner.
The writing is as good as ever but with the plot, thin though it is, sidelined so often the experience isn't quite as compelling as usual. When the plot does finally emerge from the London fog with so few pages remaining I was beginning to think we were going to end as the last book ended with another 'TO BE CONTINUED'. Thankfully that doesn't happen and we are treated belatedly to a proper Reichenbach style finale in the shadow of Big Ben.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb entertainment 5 July 2014
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all this series are so much fun with sufficient nods at the conan doyle ethos and characters to make it credible and enjoyable ... she is the greatest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 17 Oct 2013
By looby
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Another mysterious journey through the fictional (or real?) lives of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russel. Lots of facts about life in that era and wonderfully portrayed characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Bond 007 28 Jun 2013
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The conclusion to The Language if Bees. This story reminded me of the James Bond books. It's fast moving and full of twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 2 Jun 2013
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As usual, another fantastic Russell and Holmes tale. Couldn't put it down.. ready for the next tale in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God of the Hive 15 Jan 2013
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I've loved every one of these books, well written, clearly based not just on thorough research but by a love of the original subject matter. The idea behind these novels is innovative, could so easily have gone wrong but it never does.
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