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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 | [Laurie R. King]

The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1994 Laurie R. King (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • Agatha Award, Best Novel Nominee

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    Buzz 05-18-14
    Buzz 05-18-14
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    "Annoying"
    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this, you will understand why Sherlock Holmes never married and why his sidekick was Dr. JOHN Watson and not Dr. JOAN Watson.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Franklin, TN, United States 05-14-14
    Patricia Franklin, TN, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming perspective!"
    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

    The story is cleverly crafted and well presented. I enjoyed it greatly.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book is actually a series of plots presented over a period of time as the narrator grows from teenage to young adulthood.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first opportunity to hear Jenny Sterlin. She did a fine job presenting the story and the first person perspective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No,


    Any additional comments?

    As one who has read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, I felt this was one of the 'sequels' most faithful to the original characterization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CK Clayton, IN, United States 05-01-14
    CK Clayton, IN, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A good old Sherlock Holmes story, but better!"

    I've always like the Sherlock Holmes character with one caveat. He was always so rude to Dr. Watson. That changes, in a way, in this story. It was very entertaining and engaging. Jenny Sterlin did an outstanding job! I'll be getting book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PeachPecan South Georgia, USA 04-30-14
    PeachPecan South Georgia, USA 04-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Jenny Sterlin's performance for all characters, and suspect that when I listen to the next book in the series (yes, it is in my cart awaiting an Audible credit!), I will be truly disappointed if Ms. Sterlin is not the narrator. Like Barbara Rosenblat for Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody, Kate Forbes reading Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series, and Justine Eyre giving voice to Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce, it will be Ms. Sterlin that I hear whenever I think of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like it when other authors take liberties with a beloved character created and brought to life by another author. Most often, the other author brings very little to the table and I can see clearly that the book is riding on the coattails of the original author, that the book used the familiar character just to make money. I did not expect to really like this book- I am listening to it 20 years after it was first released in print! - but the tale is enjoyable and I did not figure out who was the bad guy until nearly the end. That makes a good mystery in my book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-28-14
    Elizabeth Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Slow and slower"

    I previously couldn't imagine why Audible had the ability to speed up the playback. Now, I know why! This narration was so ... very... very... slow. I almost gave up after about 10 minutes. Nothing if not determined, I upped the speed to 1.25. That still seemed a bit too slow at times so I even tried1.5. The latter was just a bit too fast and, not being able to set the speed to 1.4 - which probably would have been perfect - I went back to 1.25. Even with that, I wasn't able to finish the story.

    Book narration is a mixed blessing in that it can really enhance a story or really detract from it. I'm going to give the story the benefit of the doubt and say I got bored because of the narration. On the other hand, the story didn't intrigue me enough to give it another shot in print form. I kept thinking it would get better so I ended up listening to over half, but eventually, I moved on.

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    Lawrence D. Clayton Colorado Springs 04-27-14
    Lawrence D. Clayton Colorado Springs 04-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Dyed in the wool Sherlock fan loves this"
    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Very true to the Doyle form. What you'd expect from Sherlock later in life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sherlock doesn't keep me on the edge of my seat...But the cases are also summed up logically and well.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jenny is superb...I will be watching for more of her work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    At the feet of a master.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 03-18-14
    Oli 03-18-14 Listener Since 2008

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Worth a credit"

    Young adult, crime, mystery drama. I loved it. I have been a long time fan of books/movies/series about Sherlock Holms, and this book doesn’t disappoint. It was told from the point of view of the girl who is smart enough to become Sherlock’s apprentice and a friend, and the adventure begins. Highly recommended.

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    Adam Erie, PA, United States 03-18-14
    Adam Erie, PA, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Quirky IT guy who loves a good literary adaptation, Classical crossover music, and good coffee.

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    "Well written Holmes novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen to be better than the print version?

    The print version or the Audio version... It doesn't really matter, as the story is excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen to and why?

    I have nothing to compare this book to due to the fact that up until now I have stayed away from the Sherlock Holmes "extended universe". If it wasn't the original short stories, I didn't read it.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Mary Russell


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship development between Holes and Russell was particularly interesting, and I would also say that the idea that was introduced early on, namely that Holmes and Watson were real people, was also intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the original stories. The plot is well done from start to finish, and there is a depth to the writing that I personally have never seen before. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lezley 03-16-14
    lezley 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen the most enjoyable?

    The Beekeepers Apprentice was a great book. The writer make the story in tune with the Canon Doyle stories we all know and love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    SH


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Russel, it was good to have a female. The old SH stories are so male dominated, females played so little and for most stories a secondary character, It was good that they kept Mrs Hudson too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked how although not a friendly character SH took her in more or less when he discovered her difficult homelife.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Sherlockian I have read everything, all the Doyle stories and most of the ones written by new authors..this one I have to say is the best. I didnt anticipate this as I was not able to picture SH with a woman by his side, I thought it was good the author made her a young person so no love involvement enters the relationship only deep friendship. The only thing I didnt like is they made Dr Watson out as the fool, which Canon Doyle did not.

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    Susan Midlothian, VA, United States 03-16-14
    Susan Midlothian, VA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Strange title great book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen?

    When Mary found the code of 8 and who was hunting her and Holmes.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    kept me interested


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