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The Language of Bees (Mary Russell Mystery 09) [Paperback]

Laurie R. King
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5 July 2010 Mary Russell Mystery 09
For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad is a delicious anticipation. But the longed for sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a bitter memory from her husband's past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, but the talented and troubled young man is enlisting her help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child. From suicides among the Standing Stones to a bizarre religious cult, from the heart of Bohemian London to dark secrets on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she's ever faced - a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007195
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another very good read 14 July 2009
By lizzie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have read all of Laurie King's books in the Russell/Holmes series and this is, I suppose, a natural progression of the storyline. Some things are good and some are not. It is good to have Russell and Holmes back on Sussex/London territory and it is good to see Mycroft taking part in the story. The leap of a past relationship and offspring is a bit of a stretch. Sadly, though this story is about relationships, to me there was little between Holmes and Russell. For the most part they worked separately. I also missed Mrs. Hudson and Dr. Watson and Russell's own profession as an academic has disappeared. Good, but not the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Part One 28 Jun 2013
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Can you be addicted to a series? This is the first half of a two book story. Only managed 5 mins before I bought The God of the Hive to find out what happened next!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but . . 4 May 2011
By Julie K
Laurie R. King's books are a continuing delight. The original Holmes stories, although interesting were distinctly masculine in tone and I suspect I read them as a teenager mainly because my brothers did. The continuation of the Holmes saga with Mary Russell as his wife and partner in crime seems to lift the whole project to a new and more interesting level. It is perhaps presumptious of me to speak on his behalf but I'm sure that Conan Doyle would have approved, and if he didn't then Mrs. Hudson certainly would have. The 1920's atmosphere of this one makes a perfect background and feels completely authentic.

I would normally only want to review a book that I wished to award five stars to, but have made an exception here because this is the first of this series I have bought on Amazon and I wanted to say something about them. The reason I downgraded this particular book to four stars was the fact that it turns out to be simply part 1 of 2. That wouldn't have bothered me so much if it had been made clear in the advance publicity (Yes I know I should have read the Amazon reviews - hey ho)

If anyone is interested I have put in a product link at the bottom to a 5 star review I have just given to another good read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great value 26 Jan 2014
By patcp
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Delivery prompt. Haven't read it yet as steaming through the rest of the series. Great books! Highly recommend this series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super 17 Oct 2013
By looby
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Another great romp through the fantastic lives of Sherlock Holmes and his better half, Mary Russel. Sometimes it's believable, sometimes it's not, but you still get hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great books 1 Oct 2013
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I really love this author for the Mary Russell series, this one does not disappoint. Another cracking read as they say
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3.0 out of 5 stars Planes, missing artists and long lost family 28 April 2013
By Hank
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Good, and showing some character development. I have spent so e time in the far north of Scotland, and so really enjoyed both that aspect and the early aviation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 26 Oct 2012
By Ethel
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I love these books with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Laurie R King sets the background with so much detail and all through the book is the rather strange relationship between the two main characters who despite their disparity in age shows that they have a bond which goes beyond the mere physical or cerebral and that they are truly compatible. As with her other novels King shows immensely detailed research into theology and the strange and bizarre cults that seem to get started by individuals who, being filled with their own cnceit, aim to exploit and manipulate vulnerable people for their own sake. It is wonderful how many little details strike one, eg in the fact that it took six days to travel from Shanghai and the various means of transport used to attain this. I love a book which gives lots of historical information as well as a measure of romance, this was a great read and I can't wait to read some of the others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holmes Adventure: Decent But Not Wholly Satisfying
Holmes and Russell return home to Sussex to discover that Laurie King has made a major addition to general Holmes canon - a son. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock mysteries
I am getting a real taste for this Author, read one while in hospital and have gone after the rest. Service from Amazon first class, aand the only reason for four stars rather than... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by ralark
4.0 out of 5 stars At last, an answer to a tantalising clue...
Ever since I read A Monstrous Regiment of Women, I've wondered about a throwaway line - (paraphrasing) when Holmes and Russell are discussing helping a young man with a drug... Read more
Published on 31 July 2011 by Jessica Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Bee feature
The 9th Mary Russell book, or alternatively, you could think of it as the first half of the 9th book as this one ends on a big TBC. Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by Michael Finn
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in form!
"Russell and Holmes are back home in Sussex to solve the mysterious disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of their beehives, and end-up chasing a much more mysterious... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by Giovanni Anchois
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit below expectations
I was looking forward to this book tremendously, but I really felt let down. It began well but it takes quite a leap of faith to suddenly be presented with a previously unknown son... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2009 by Joyce Holmes
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