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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen Audiobook

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

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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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    "Overdue"

    I waited a long time to try this series; I always fear that noncanonical Holmes stories won't be worth my time. But I like narrator Russell, and the WWI setting provides a good backdrop for the socio/economic/psychological changes going on for her and for England. Holmes sounds "right." My only dislike is that old adventures chronicled by Watson are at times explained. I don't need that -- I'm not a newbie!

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    Bill & Chuck Honolulu, HI 12-31-15
    Bill & Chuck Honolulu, HI 12-31-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great fun with Sherlock Holmes"

    It's a good Sherlock Holmes story, and it's fun to read something new and Sherlockian - or is that Holmesian? If I had a criticism, it would be that it's a bit over-storied . . . meaning too many stories, unlike Conan Doyle's complex, well-detailed single-capers. Having said this, I'll call attention to the rating I gave - 4/5, and if I'd been able to, it would have been 4.5/5. Sherlock Holmes fans take note of this opportunity to revisit the joys of Sherlock Holmes.

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    Flamingo Girl #3 L.A. 12-29-15
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    "What a discovery!"

    I'm so happy to have found this, I bought the second book in the series before I was halfway through this one. Perfectly feeds my SH addiction.

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    "Bad sound"

    This recording has horrible sound, perhaps the worst of the over 400 audiobooks I have listened to

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    "Second half makes it worth it"

    First section is hard to follow because the timeline jumps around. The second section lacks detail to get you interested but the third section is very much what I had hoped for. I'll try the second book to see if it more like the third section of this book. The narrator does get voices and kept me attention well.

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    "A great expansion of the Sherlock Holmes world."

    A great expansion of the Sherlock Holmes world and his relationships to those around him.

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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 10-31-15
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 10-31-15 Member Since 2016

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "My first Sherlock Holmes book - really!"

    As far as I know, I've never read/listened to a Sherlock Holmes book and this one I bought because of the incredibly high recommendations. And I forgot that it was 20 years old and now I'm delighted because I can listen to all the other ones this author has written.

    Fascinating interplay between the two main characters. This book was outstanding with excellent narration by Ms. Sterlin.

    I'll try another in the series now!

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    Completely engaging story. Marvelous tension and character interplay. I'm off to read the rest of the series!

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    "Holmes in Sussex with a Teenage Girl Apprentice"
    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Genius teacher's pet


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterization of Mary Russell is perfect. She's almost as prickly as Holmes himself, very smart, with a sad backstory, but never succumbs to simple hero worship of Sherlock. She genuinely comes to like and admire him, while inspiring the same in Holmes!


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She puts just the right spin on her vocal performance for each character. Her voice is clear and entrancing.


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    dvictor Illinois 10-19-15
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    "Not just a mystery novel"

    I certainly enjoyed this book. The audio performance at first seemed a little cold but as I got used to her performance I found found it to be quite excellent. the book is well written and the author's vocabulary is quite extensive causing me to look up several words. I certainly enjoyed that. the novel itself is certainly more than I expected from your typical mystery novel. There was more exploration of the character's emotional history and it added overall depth to the character. in the end, I enjoyed the characters more than the plot itself which I find to be a bit of a rarity in the genre.

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