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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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.
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.
The story is cleverly crafted and well presented. I enjoyed it greatly.
This book is actually a series of plots presented over a period of time as the narrator grows from teenage to young adulthood.
This was my first opportunity to hear Jenny Sterlin. She did a fine job presenting the story and the first person perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very true to the Doyle form. What you'd expect from Sherlock later in life.
Sherlock doesn't keep me on the edge of my seat...But the cases are also summed up logically and well.
Jenny is superb...I will be watching for more of her work.
At the feet of a master.
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