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- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 10, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HSTIT4K
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Now in his declining years, Holmes lives in the country in a semi-retired state. His mind is as active as ever and he does take on the occasional case. Perhaps he has been watching for an appropriate candidate for an apprentice, but Mary Russell crosses his path and she proves worthy. Over time she earns and negotiates a position as his equal. In this respect, King's Holmes is new, different, and refreshing. He must accept Russell, and the vulnerability that implies, but he clearly values the companionship of someone so capable. He may also be securing his legacy by ensuring someone can fill his void after he is gone.
The result is the best of both worlds for the Holmes enthusiast: the familiar that you value from Doyle, plus this novel has something new to say about Holmes.
What I loved most about this book is that (it would seem) Sherlock has finally found his match - in a young 15 year old girl of all people. And rather than dumb everything down, King treats the reader as if they are also on their level, keeping everything highly intellectual, though somehow personal, relateable and human. A great story, with some classic Sherlockian reveals. I loved every minute of reading this and would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are already fond of all things Sherlock.
p.s. SQUEAKY clean. Nothing to worry about.
In viewing A Slight Trick of the Mind in the theater, i saw that Holmes, like myself, had grown old - a sad thing to watch. However Laurie King's novels concerning her and Holmes are delightful to read. She writes well; furthermore, if she continues her series, I will be able to read about my beloved Holmes and his tricks until I leave this earth.