The Beekeeper's Apprentice

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Bantam Books, 1996 - Fiction - 405 pages
Edgar Award-winning author Laurie R. King again proves her flair fortantalizing mystery in this first novel of an acclaimed series. Long sinceretired from his observations of criminal humanity, Sherlock Holmes is engagedin a reclusive study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. Never did heexpect to meet an intellect to match his own--until he made the acquaintance ofa very modern 15-year-old girl whose mental acuity is equaled only by heraudacity, tenacity, and unconventional taste for trousers and cloth caps. Underthe master detective's sardonic instruction, Miss Mary Russell hones her talentfor deduction, disguises, and danger--in the chilling case of a landowner'smysterious fever, and in the kidnapping of an American senator's daughter inthe wilds of Wales. But her ultimate challenge is yet to come. A near-fatalbomb on her doorstep--and another on Holmes's--sends the two sleuths on thetrail of a villain whose machinations scatter meaningless clues and seemutterly without motive. The bomber's objective, however, is quite clear: to endRussell and Holmes's partnership...and their lives.

Edgar Award-winning author Laurie R. King

Sherlock Holmes meets his match in a formidable new enemy--
and his surprising new partner

"Rousing...riveting...suspenseful." -- "Chicago Sun-Times"

" "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" has power to charm the most grizzled BakerStreet Irregular." -- "Daily News," New York

"If there is a new P. D. James... I would put my money on Laurie R. King, whose "A Grave Talent" kept me reading deep into the night."
-- "The Boston Globe"

"Amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy...This workexhibits strong psychological undertones,compelling urgency, and dramaticaction. [Laurie King is] a writer to watch." -- "Library Journal"

"Wonderful: an intelligently and imaginatively crafted novel that's alsogreat fun." -- "The Drood Review of Mystery" (Editors' Choice of1994)

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In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen, Laurie R. King introduces readers to Mary Russell, a fifteen-year-old who quite literally trips over Sherlock Holmes while reading ... Read full review

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Maybe it’s because I don’t have much prior knowledge of Sherlock Holmes, but for the most part I found this novel slow going and might not have finished if it wasn’t our book club selection. Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Laurie R. King is the bestselling author of "A Darker Place," four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and five acclaimed Mary Russell mysteries. She lives in northern California. Her newest book is the ninth one in the Mary Russell mystery series, The Language of Bees.

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