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The God of the Hive: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Paperback – August 9, 2011
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“The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart.”—Washington Post Book World
“King enriches the Sherlockian legacy.”—Boston Globe
“The God of the Hive is mesmerizing—another wonderful novel etched by the hand of a master storyteller. No reader who opens this one will be disappointed.”—Michael Connelly, author of The Scarecrow
“A dazzling continuation of the adventures of the world’s most famous beekeeper, and his equally daunting ‘apprentice,’ The God of the Hive will astonish and delight even the most seasoned of Holmes’ devotees.”—Katherine Neville, The Fire
“The Mary Russell series is the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today, and this is the best installment yet.”—Lee Child, author of Gone Tomorrow
“Without a doubt, King is the master of Sherlockian authors.”—Gayle Lynds, author of The Book of Spies
“All it takes is the very first page of the newest installment in Laurie R. King’s brilliant series for and you’re gone . . . disappearing into an artfully crafted, creative and craft world . . . This is historical suspense at its best, rich with atmosphere, mystery, psychological insight and complex, fascinating characters. But it’s not just the plot of Russell’s world, or how she matches wits with Holmes that makes King’s books such standouts, it’s how she brings heart and soul to great detective novels.”—M.J Rose, author of The Hypnotist
Laurie R. King’s bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are . . .
“Audacious.”—Los Angeles Times • “Funny and fearless.”—Houston Chronicle • “Delightful and creative.”—The Wall Street Journal • “Clever, literate, and thoroughly knowledgeable.”—San Jose Mercury News • “A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company.”—The New York Times Book Review • “Rousing . . . riveting . . . suspenseful.”—Chicago Sun-Times • “Lush, colorful and utterly compelling.”—Detroit Free-Press • “Beguiling . . . tantalizing.”—The Boston Globe
About the Author
Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.
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Cornwell and Scarpetta...time to retire. There are some glimmers here that there is some hop, but
they are only glimmers. The more way out she goes with the stories the more I want to stop reading.
I actually have stopped for now. I may continue later. These series are hard to continue at the same
high standard. Other writers have had the same issue and either continued to write mediocre books
or stopped writing. I think these started out really cool and have evolved into fantasy or something.
I am not sure what has gone wrong, but this book is nowhere near the caliber of the early ones.
It had been several months since I read Language and I did not keep my copy. I was worried that I would forget the characters and the challenge. However, King manages to bring all the facts back into the book rapidly with little repetition.
I also feel that King usually tends to drop her endings making the last few pages dull and not worth reading.
Not in this case. I found "The God of the Hive" written very tightly with tense action that is page-turning suspense. She wastes little time in writing description of places and minor characters are loosely described in order to keep her story going.
Most of the chapters are very short, weaving between what Holmes is doing and what Russell is doing. She manages to superbly go between the two without skipping a beat.
I have always found King to have excellent characterizations. The same goes for Hive. She brings in Holme's brother Mycroft and makes him interesting. But it is the characterization of a hermit that I found most enduring. King stops for just enough time, at exactly the right place to explain how he became a hermit. The explanation of the psychology of his personality and way of life has depth and a loving touch. In addition, King manages to describe how the child (Holme's granddaughter) is reacting her adventures and how she copes. We get just enough to make her believable but not too much.
I was sorry to see this two part story end but the I found this to be the best so far in this series.
Most of the fun in the earlier books is the relationship between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Ms. King does a fantastic job where so many other authors fail: dialogue that is very well done and often hilarious but written so subtly the reader is not bashed over the head with it.
This book is really the second half of The Language of Bees, and both of them are disappointing. Maybe part of it could be that I never warmed up to Sherlock's son - seemed like a jerk to me. I almost yelled at my Kindle a few times "get out of the story so we can get back to the interplay between Mary and Sherlock!!" before realizing again "oh yeah, he's kind of the catalyst for this whole book." Isn't it sad that I sort of hoped Damian would die so Sherlock and Mary could move on without him?
It is SO easy for a simple reader to sit back and criticize someone else's work when it takes so much effort to get published and I'm sure (or I hope)that authors write for themselves and not a commercial audience. With that said,however, Ms. King...if any of this ever filters to you, can we please (pretty please) have Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes back? The first several books were so original, tremedously entertaining and worth the several Kindle highlights so I can easily find some of my favorite paragraphs.
Wanted to love these last two books but couldn't.