The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen

by Laurie R. King

Picador | October 2, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee
 
Named One of the Century''s Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent
 
Mystery Booksellers Association
 
From New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries
 

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes--and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator''s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary--a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership. Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell--Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining . . . absorbing from beginning to end" (Booklist).

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.23 × 2.3 × 0.42 in

Published: October 2, 2007

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312427360

ISBN - 13: 9780312427368

Found in: Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Beekeeper's Apprentice The year is 1915 and Sherlock Holmes is retired, but a young lady of fifteen years falls into his life and she becomes his protégé. Mary Russell is orphaned and lives with an aunt who is only interested in Mary's inheritance and does not offer Mary any loving guidance. Sherlock Holmes takes the job of teaching Mary all the skills he has learned in his detective work. Mary Russell exhibits an impressive intelligence and is able to absorb what Sherlock teaches her. As she attends school at Oxford Mary spends her holidays with Holmes and they become involved in detective work together. Mary rescues a young girl from kidnappers and is able to help the young girl deal emotionally with her lose of innocence. Mary is able to relate to the girl's emotional turmoil through her own experience of losing her parents and brother in a car accident. In the crimes that Holmes and Mary solve there is a common menace. A criminal master mind has been stalking Holmes and the ones he loves and all of their lives are at risk. Mary and Sherlock Holmes have to combine their great minds to figure out who this criminal mastermind is. "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie R. King is the first book in a series a books with Mary Russell being a detective. In this first book she learns the basics of detective work along the side of the great Sherlock Holmes himself. There are a few things I found hard to deal with in this book. The first thing was the treatment of Dr Watson, he is treated like a baboon and there is a general feeling that Holmes wants nothing to do with Watson now that he has Mary to work with. I think it would have made more sense if Watson was embraced and still loved, rather then shunned and ridiculed. He plays a very small role so why debase him? Another weakness with mystery novels is that so many words are spent on developing the scene of the crime and the detective work and as a result there are fewer words left for developing the characters. One thing I love about reading is falling in love with the characters and having them become my new best friends and it just does not fully develop into that type of relationship in this book, there are a few times it comes close, for example when Mary and Sherlock are in Palestine I truly feel Mary’s love for who she is and how she lost her family, I loved that section, but overall they did not become fast friends with me. This is a female power book; Mary is a great example of a female with a great intellect and of someone who gets the job done right. “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” is an excellent read for young adult female readers who are looking for strong female characters.
Date published: 2009-08-16

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen

by Laurie R. King

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.23 × 2.3 × 0.42 in

Published: October 2, 2007

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312427360

ISBN - 13: 9780312427368

From the Publisher

An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee
 
Named One of the Century''s Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent
 
Mystery Booksellers Association
 
From New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries
 

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes--and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator''s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary--a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership. Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell--Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining . . . absorbing from beginning to end" (Booklist).

From the Jacket

In 1915, long since retired from his crime-fighting days, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybees on the Sussex Downs. Never did the Victorian detective think to meet an intellect matching his own-until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a young twentieth-century lady whose mental acuity is equaled only by her penchant for deduction, disguises, and danger. Under Holmes''s reluctant tutelage,
Russell embarks on a case involving a landowner''s mysterious fever and the kidnapping of an American senator''s daughter in the wilds of Wales. Then a near-fatal bomb on her doorstep-and another on Holmes''s-sends the two sleuths on the trail of a murderer who scatters bizarre clues and seems utterly without motive. The villain''s objective, however, is quite unequivocal: to end Russell and Holmes''s partnership-and then their lives.

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award-winning author of four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, eight acclaimed Mary Russell mysteries, and four stand-alone novels, including the highly praised A Darker Place. She lives in northern California.

Editorial Reviews

"Wonderfully original and entertaining . . . absorbing from beginning to end."--Booklist
 
"King has stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again."--The Washington Post Book World
 

"Remarkably beguiling."--The Boston Globe

 

"A fascinating and often moving account of a friendship so unusual and so compelling that one almost accepts it as being historically real."--The Denver Post

 

"Enchanting . . . The Beekeeper''s Apprentice is real Laurie R. King, not faux Conan Doyle, and for my money, it''s better than the original."--San Jose Mercury News

 

"Rousing . . . Riveting . . . Suspenseful."--Chicago Sun-Times

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