The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle created a memorable character; there are few people who do not recognize
the name Sherlock Holmes.  Laurie King
has given Holmes formidable intellect to a young woman, Mary Russell, and made
them compatriots.  Russell stumbles
across Holmes when she is a lass of 15 and Holmes is 54.  Russell is out wandering the Sussex meadows,
avoiding her shrewish aunt.  Holmes is
occupying himself scrutinizing the behavior of certain bees in the meadow.  The two recognize in each other a keen
intellect and inquiring nature.  Holmes
takes Russell under his wing, slowly training the young girls mind.  She will grow to be his friend and associate,
together they will solve puzzles baffling the authorities.  Holmes has enemies; by caring for Mary
Russell he puts her at risk.  What will
be the cost?  Laurie King begins a remarkable
series with Mary Russell while treating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation,
Sherlock Holmes, with due respect.

— Deon Stonehouse


The Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of the First Novel of the Acclaimed Mary Russell Series by Edgar Award–Winning Author Laurie R. King.

An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee • Named One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles onto 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. 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, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first book of the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is "remarkably beguiling" (The Boston Globe).

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Kate Martinelli novels and the acclaimed Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries, as well as a few stand-alone novels. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, the first in her Mary Russell series, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of the Century’s Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A Monstrous Regiment of Women won the Nero Wolfe Award. She has degrees in theology, and besides writing she has also managed a coffee store and raised children, vegetables, and the occasional building. She lives in northern California.

Praise For…

“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

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250055705
ISBN-10: 1250055709
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: A Mary Russell Mystery