From New York Times best-selling 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 20th-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). Named "One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
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I liked the book and would have given the performance 4 stars instead of 3; but I just couldn't get past the whiny voicing for Sherlock. It sounded too forced. However, it didn't destroy the listening for me and I plan to continue the series.
It was boring, and I had no idea what the story line was.
Occasional she made some weird mouth noises
I finished listening to this book only because I didn't have any credits left. I love mystery, but couldn't get into this book. I've never read any of the Sherlock Holmes stories so maybe that is why I didn't like it.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I'm not ordinarily a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I'm not addicted to the movies . . . but something about this book attracted me from the beginning . . . excellent writing, great sleuthing, and the relationship that develops between the "retired" Holmes and Mary is amazing . . . not sappy, not fake, not at all what you would expect. That's what makes this series so spectacular . . . what a team they make!
Would listen again to see how the clues unfolded that I missed the first time around. The Beekeeper's Apprentice
the moment Mary Russell meets Holmes sets up their partnership from the beginning is spot on. The Beekeeper's Apprentice
This one has it all for me. The premise is great, an extremely smart young woman stumbles upon and soon becomes the apprentice of the great, but now retired Sherlock Holmes. They have a really cool meet-cute and several adventures throughout the book that builds their working relationship and friendship and sets everything up for the future books.
The narrator, Jenny Sterlin, is perfect; her distinct voices for the two main characters especially. I'm right now through the first 6 books in this series and I have to say, whenever they address each other as "Holmes" or "Russell" in that specific voice, I kind of just melt. I really do love them and Sterlin's characterization of them through her narration.
Also, it's an intelligent series; when you're done you actually feel like you might have just finished a classic or something like that. I'm not an obsessed (not a negative connotation here) Sherlock Holmes fan. I have read a few of the Conan Doyle stories, seen a few of the movies, and I will say, I am in love with the BBC tv series Sherlock with Cumberbatch and Freeman. This book and series remind me of why I love the tv show so much, which is because it gives you a more human version of Holmes and all the characters that are associated with the original franchise.
I would definitely recommend this book and also the series to anyone that just loves those warm, nerd fuzzies that come from reading/listening to a satisfying and intelligent book.
I don't think I would read any further books in this series, but Jenny Sterlin is a fine enough narrator. The plot for this book starts out strong, but rapidly reached the point where I wished that Sherlock Holmes had not, in fact, become part of the public domain.
Either "Queen of the Tearlings" (admittedly, young adult literature) or some David Foster Wallace stories.
The attempt at various accents (Oxford vs. Romani-english) was passable, but I think I wouldn't either read or listen to the book again.
Not read any more books on Sherlock Holmes.
Absolutely! Great fun story about one of literatures favorite characters.
I think when Mary first meets Sherlock.
Wonderful. Very good moving from character to character.
At the end when the relationships begins to take a new turn
I love Laurie Kings books and this series especially.
I loved the evolving relationship between two brilliant people, regardless of age.
In the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels, one can never tell what twist or turn the story will take next. The variety of settings and unique characters (even the villains) are very intriguing and take you where you aren't expecting to go.
Jenny Sterlin is very accomplished in her portrayal of different types of voices. I've felt in this novel as well as others narrated by her, that she IS all the different characters and I am right there in the story with her.
I don't know if I could classify any feeling about this book as "extreme". More than anything I found the growing tenderness between the young Mary Russell and the aging mentor, Sherlock Holmes, very touching and I delighted in how they challenged each others' minds.
I really adore the early Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels enormously. They are such a different take on the old Conan-Doyle stories, which may annoy the avid Sherlock Holmes purists. However, as a female, I love the idea of a woman who can match "the Master Detective" clue by clue, experiment by experiment, observation by observation and be an essential part of a unique team.
The reading was top-notch, and the story was interesting. I really enjoyed the development of the characters (particularly Mary), and the relationship between her and Holmes.
Not quite. It was very good, but not one of the best. I think this is probably because this is an introductory novel, and as such a large amount of the novel was spent developing back story and chronicling the beginnings of Mary and Holme's partnership. All ground work that had to be laid before a good story could be told.
I could have, yes.
Overall I high recommend it. It's my first holmes book, and I plan on going and reading the classics plus the next in this series.
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