- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (Aug. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553571656
- ISBN-13: 978-0553571653
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,552,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Or, on the Segregation of the Queen Paperback – 1 Aug 1996
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‘Crime fiction’s most unlikely but utterly credible romance… Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years’
Val McDermid (of THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE)
‘A novel which challenges the cliches of history’
Indpendent (of A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN)
‘King’s novel is civilized, ingenious and engrossing’
Literary Review (of THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE)
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In 1915, long since retired from his crime-fighting days, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybees on the Sussex Downs. Never did the Victorian detective think to meet an intellect matching his own-until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a young twentieth-century lady whose mental acuity is equaled only by her penchant for deduction, disguises, and danger. Under Holmes's reluctant tutelage,
Russell embarks on a case involving a landowner's mysterious fever and the kidnapping of an American senator's daughter in the wilds of Wales. Then a near-fatal bomb on her doorstep-and another on Holmes's-sends the two sleuths on the trail of a murderer who scatters bizarre clues and seems utterly without motive. The villain's objective, however, is quite unequivocal: to end Russell and Holmes's partnership-and then their lives. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yes, it's a Sherlock Holmes book. Yes, it's not by Conan Doyle. I'm not normally one to recommend a book that uses characters created by other writers, but there's an exception to everything, and King is the exception. Give her credit for the creation of a character just as interesting as Holmes, and for portraying Holmes in not just a reverential manner, but a professional one. That is, she lets him grow as a character, rather than keeping him static. This is a huge improvement over Doyle (albeit Holmes changed under his pen, but not quite as believably).
King also has a wonderful plot here, and a wonderful villain. The combination kept me up until 1 a.m. on two nights running. Likely it will do the same for you.
In my opinion the author does a very good job in maintaining the particular characteristics that define the characters in Arthur Conan Doyle's books, especially in the case of Sherlock Holmes. It is amazing how you feel that the deductive work is done by exactly the same detective you knew from the past, and with the added benefit of a fresh mind assisting him!
I was very pleased to see the ingenious way in which Laurie King connected this new series with the Conan Doyle's work. She concocted a story about her receiving the manuscripts of the different stories in the series some time ago, and that she is merely the editor. The manuscripts were of course written by the enchanting Mary Russell.
Finally, let me tell you that, since I am an avid chess player, I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which Holmes uses a chess game with Mary to explain the strategy he was planning to utilize in one of their cases.
I will definitely continue reading the books in this series, and if you haven't started yet, I recommend you do it now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So this isn't the traditional Watson writing up the great man, this is a young woman. When I started I wondered whether that would work for me, but I have to say the doubts were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. C. Rust
Love this book. Brings Holmes to life in a realistic way and is most enjoyable.Published 4 months ago by JJ
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Interesting take on Sherlock's later life and the character Mary Russell. Well written, easy to read - kept turning the pages!Published 5 months ago by Mrs Gabrielle Garrod
I have, to my regret, discovered this series rather late. Laurie King has just released the 14th book about Mary Russell. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard
I love Sherlck ?Holmes novels and thought got I'd give this a try. A good read - plenty of tuition from the master. Not a girly book just because it has a female lead. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fiona Myatt
A must for Holmes lovers. Compassionate yet sharp, a joy to read, I enjoyed every bit of it. Highly recommend.Published 8 months ago by Emmalina