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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery) Paperback – Special Edition, May 27, 2014
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“King has stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“A fascinating and often moving account of a friendship so unusual and so compelling that one almost accepts it as being historically real.” ―The Denver Post
“Enchanting...The Beekeeper's Apprentice is real Laurie R. King, not faux Conan Doyle, and for my money, it's better than the original.” ―San Jose Mercury News
“Rousing...Riveting...Suspenseful.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
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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.
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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.
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.
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