The Beekeeper's Apprentice
1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian "flaws" listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen-year-old woman. So, at first... show more
1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian "flaws" listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen-year-old woman.
So, at first informally, then consciously, he takes Mary Russell as his apprentice. They work on a few small local cases, then on a larger and more urgent investigation, which ends successfully. All the time, Mary is developing as a detective in her own right, with the benefit of the knowledge and experience of her mentor and, increasingly, friend.
And then the sky opens on them, and they find themselves the targets of a slippery, murderous, and apparently all-knowing adversary. Together they devise a plan to trap their enemy--a plan that may save their lives but may also kill off their relationship.
This is not a "Sherlock Holmes" story. It is the story of a modern young woman who comes to know and work with Holmes, the story of young woman coming to terms with herself and with this older man who embodies the age that is past.
Publish date: 15-01-1994
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 347
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...