The Language of Bees
For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve—the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes’s beloved hives.But the anticipated sweetness of their... show more
For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve—the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes’s beloved hives.But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from the past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the surrealist painter had been charged with—and exonerated from—murder. Now the troubled young man is enlisting the Holmeses’ help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.Mary has often observed that there are many kinds of madness, and before this case yields its shattering solution she’ll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to the dark secrets of a young woman’s past on the streets of Shanghai, Mary will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced—a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.
Publish date: 2009-04-28
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (#9)
Excellent mystery, this one set in 1920s Britain including Scotland/Orkneys. Warning: seems to be a two-parter; I'm not certain, but you'll probably want to pick up the next in the series to start immediately after, as there is an awfully strong hint at the conclusion that a major thread continues t...
First of all, if you like audiobooks at all and think you might be interested in this series, I'd whole-heartedly recommend listening to any of the Mary Russell books narrated by Jenny Sterlin. She does such a good job that I'd rather listen to these than read them. I went 3.5 stars for this one ...
Have an extra half star. Picked it up for the title. Initially I was a bit disappointed by the main character Mary and by the writing which is a bit ponderous, but it soon picked up as I got to know her properly. This isn't this first in this series - actually the ninth - so I guess the author had n...
For those who don't know, the Mary Russell series are books of basically Sherlock Holmes fan fiction. Set in the early 20th Century, King gives Holmes a female romantic and professional partner, Mary Russell, a much younger--and feminist partner. And yes, incongruous and unlikely as that might sound...
The intricacies of this story made for a slow middle, but once the villain's shape began to emerge, momentum carried me straight through to the second book of this pair.
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