The Beekeeper's Apprentice (20th Anniversary Edition): or, On the Segregation of the Queen
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles into his lap on the Sussex downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even... show more
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles into his lap on the Sussex downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth century woman proves a deft protégée, and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. They are soon called to Wales to help Scotland Yard find the kidnapped daughter of an American senator, a case of international significance with clues that dip deep into Holmes's past. Full of brilliant deduction, disguises, and danger, this first book of the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining... absorbing from beginning to end" ( B ooklist ). - With a new preface - First book in the critically acclaimed mystery series - For readers of Charles Todd and Jacqueline Winspear
Publish date: May 27th 2014
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (#1)
Astonishing tone-perfect addition to the Sherlock mythos placing Holmes a little younger than canon, and with a teenage female protégé. Hard to believe the author's a Californian - she does an incredible job with the language, as well as historic and location-based details. Clever mysteries, enjoyab...
Ok, it took me a very long time to finish the book but I did enjoy it. I think the narration made it very hard to stay immersed in the story (stories). The narrator did a good job giving the key players their own, distinct voices but they were all slow and fairly monotone and I found myself drifting...
I’m wavering between 1 and 2 stars because I finished it and it was well written. I really wanted to like this. I read the reviews and while there were some clear issues a female Holmes sounded great. It was not. Mary "Sue" Russell is NOT. She has no flaws, no addictions, no mental issues, no shortc...
Ok, I got to page 60 and am calling it quits. The Watson bashing is already in full swing. There is a scene that was basically copied out of Pride and Prejudice. This is all wrong and too disturbing. I'm sorry, I am just not compatible with pastiche when it concerns my favourite characters.
The Beekeeper´s Apprentice tells the story of 15 year old Mary Russell, who one sunny day stumples upon Sherlock Holmes. Holmes realizes right away that Mary has a knack for deduction and he takes it upon himself to take her on as an apprentice. This is the first book in the Mary Russell & Sherloc...