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The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, Bk 1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Mary Russell, Bk 1
Author: Laurie R. King
Subtitle: On The Segregation of the Queen. — What would happen if Sherlock Holmes, a perfect man of the Victorian age--pompous, smug, and misogynistic--were to come face to face with a twentieth-century female? If she grew to be a partner worthy of his great talents? In 1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Susse...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780002326094
ISBN-10: 0002326094
Publication Date: 8/22/1996
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Collins Crime
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
This is the first volume in the "Mary Russell" series, a new set of Sherlock Holmes adventures. The same cleverness, skills and thoughtful logic prevail with a new twist: a female counterpart. Mary Russell is not just thrown in as some sort of token or romantic female -- she is quite bright and becomes Holmes' student and colleague, eventually his equal in solving crimes. Very highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 7
This is the first of the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series in which the now retired Holmes first meets his future wife, as a young, extremely intelligent, 15 year old who becomes his student and friend. This series is a marvelous continuation of the Sherlock Holmes saga and in Laurie King's skillful hands, the series is as captivating as it is addictive. This is intelligent, thoughtful reading and while the stories do not have to be read in order to be appreciated, it, of course, helps, as details accrued along the way add to the pleasure of the reading. I cannot recommend this story highly enough.
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Helpful Score: 5
I've read a lot of Holmes books and even saw the CSI episode with "Sherlock Holmes's" death, but this book is the most fulfilling extrapolation of the Holmes's world. A must read if you're a Holmes fan, or just want some good fiction with settings from England to Israel. The story is told from a wonderful viewpoint of a girl who knows she's lucky to be there to help her hero.
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Helpful Score: 4
Excellent characters and story. Sherlock Holmes in later life, and his new apprentice. First book in a marvelous series.
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Helpful Score: 3
I don't like being the dissenting opinion, but this book just hit me a little wrong or maybe it is my inability to have a beloved character toyed with; but this story of Mary Russsell, a precocious 15 year old, whom after the death of her family moves to a farm with an aunt, and who just happens to run into the famous Sherlock Homes on one of her daily sojourns into the country is just too contrived for me.

The idea that this young woman can match wits with Sherlock is a little overdrawn and as the years go by and they investigate a few cases much in the same way as Holmes and Watson, just seems as if the author is stealing an idea instead of coming up with one of her own.

Unfortunately, I don't think I will continue on with this series, but will once again go back and read the original Conan Doyle accounts of a fascinating character.
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