The Beekeeper's Apprentice
On the Segregation of the Queen : A Mary Russell MysteryBook - 1994
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Sherlock Holmes has met his equal in Mary Russell. She is young, smart, and has a fantastic eye for detail.
Laurie R. King has created the best foil for an aging Sherlock Holmes: young, brilliant iconoclast, Mary Russell. When the two characters meet in this book (the first in a long, successful series), Mary Russell is a disaffected fifteen-year-old academic and orphan. Holmes is a seemingly retired b... Read More »
Author of the popular Mary Russell series, Laurie R. King writes intelligent, accessible mysteries. Her characters are usually highly intelligent, feminist iconoclasts. She is the author of the Kate Martinelli series (American police procedural set in San Francisco), the Mary Russell series (a Sh... Read More »
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This is the story of Sherlock Holmes as an older man working with a new partner. Unlike Watson, Mary Russell matches Holmes in wits and intelligence, but is anxious to learn from his experience. They become closer and more reliant on each other as they face a truly formidable foe.
Mary Russell is a sassy, smart American teenager who has been recently orphaned and is living in Sussex with her aunt. One day, while wandering the downs with her nose stuck in a book, she trips over the great (retired) Sherlock Holmes as he studies bees. Thus begins a beautiful apprenticeship and friendship, punctuated with witty banter, perilous situations, and beloved characters. As Russell ages and begins her career at Oxford, their unique relationship and combined skills must rise to the challenge of a new, unknown danger, one which is targeting the detectives directly.
In this first novel of the series, Mary Russell, a teenaged orphan, meets Sherlock Holmes. A unique partnership follows where Holmes tutors Russell in the art of detection. While she initially only aids in his investigations, she becomes a full partner by the end. This is a superb read and a fantastic series. Laurie King does an excellent job with the time period and creates some of the best characters I've yet read.
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This self-contained individual, this man who had rarely allowed even his sturdy, ex-Ary companion Watson to confront real risk, who had habitually over the past four years held back, been cautious, kept an eye out, and otherwise protected me; this man who was a Victorian gentleman down to his boots; this man was now proposing to place not only his life and limb into my untested, inexperienced, and above all female hands, but my own life as well.
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