- File Size: 3291 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (July 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 6, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ZZH3ZG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Beekeeping for Beginners (Short Story) (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes) Kindle Edition
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This story retells the meeting of the two main character from Holmes view with some new revelations about the circumstances of their early association. (The books are from Mary's point of view.)
I thought the author wrote in the "voice" of Holmes very convincingly. However, the pacing in this book seems a little rushed and the revelations, after the first few pages, seem hardly that surpising.
If you are looking to keep in touch with these characters while you anxiously await Pirate King, as I do, then by all means buy the short story.
If you are new to the series, please introduce yourself by reading the first book "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." By the time you catch up with the series, you'll probably want to buy the short story too, and consider it worth your while for another glimpse of your, now favorite, characters.
I don't know what's going on with King. Her last two books (one book, really, split in half) were mere knock-offs of the early novels: King-lite. I hope that the pirate book is a return to form.
In the meanwhile, I'd suggest what I'm going to try -- a re-read of the first two books and Locked Rooms. And maybe a stand-alone or two. Folly is a great summer read . . . .
This story reminded me of how much I used to adore King's work. And it made me sad.
But this short story kept me occupied for a little while -- and if you are a Mary Russell fan, I think you'll like it too.
In short: It tells the "Russell and Holmes meet" story from Holmes' point of view. Including incidents that Russell never learned about.
This is a short story. It doesn't go into the loving detail that we novel-readers expect from King's writing. That's okay with me. I think it's of interest primarily to earlier fans, rather than an easy introduction to the full story. (And God knows I have pressed enough copies of The Beekeeper's Apprentice upon my friends, who must think that I get a kickback.)
The "Twitter interview" at the end didn't work for me, even though I am an avid Twitter user. But that's okay. The short story is a good short story... and worth the money.
Sherlock Holmes is taking care of his bees and contemplating suicide when along comes "supposedly" a fifteen year old boy dressed in ragged clothing. Holmes comes to find out that "he" is a "she" when she takes off her cap.
Holmes is fascinated with her and feels like he can teach her to be his assistant in detective work. He also helps her with her chemistry.
Holmes becomes concerned when he sees her with bruises and she also becomes sick in a short period of time. So the search is on for him to find out what is happening. He finds out that she lives with her aunt who is interested in her inheritance. Thus, he sneaks in her house for some clues. You will have to read the story to find out who is after Mary Russell.
It is interesting in that Holmes compares beekeeping to detective work. Rule number one "stay calm", rule number two "one must occasionally be cruel to be kind", rule number three "never ever cease to feel wonder", and rule number four "success often rests on the imperceptibility of one's meddling". I also learned some things about bees that I didn't know before which was interesting.
This unbiased review was based on an electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This short story by Laurie R King is the first I've read. But I have read through "The God of the Hive" in the Russell and Holmes series. Read morePublished 20 days ago by J. Barker
If you're looking at this book, chances are you've read many of King's other Mary Russell stories. (If not, start with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Oren
If you like lrk, you won't be disappointed. I haven't read anything by her that I didn't love. The end.Published 2 months ago by Niecie and D.
A nice little companion piece to the series of two very individual people who compliment each other completely. It's always nice to have a glimpse into the male mind of the story.Published 2 months ago by Kostyantyn
In this short story we get Sherlock Holmes version of his first meeting with Mary Russell, and a subsequent event that saved Mary's life--and of which she was completely unaware. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle
Thought I was getting a full book but instead it seemed to be excerpts, very disappointed. First time using a Kindle and not pleased with not downloading a full book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Laurie R King is a fabulous writer. She can spin a tale like no other, her characters are fresh and exciting. The stories in this series are intriguing and engaging. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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