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Best-selling, award-winning author Laurie R. King’s tales featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell are among the most popular mysteries being published. Here, King explores the great detective’s initial meeting with Russell. Holmes is in a decidedly dark temper as he searches the countryside for wild bees, until he meets the headstrong young woman who will become his apprentice and eventual bride.

©2011 Laurie R. King (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Great short story

A great addition to "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." A good short story and good narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous to have Holmes' Perspective

What fun to listen to this one now! Highly recommend. And now on to the next "big" one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Gaps explained

Loved having the back story from Holmes' perspective. One wonders if Holmes shared with Russell in later years.

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  • Belleville, IL
  • 09-17-14

Another outstanding twist to Sherlock Holmes

What did you love best about Beekeeping for Beginners?

This book begins by taking the meeting of Holmes and Russell from The Beekeepers Apprentice and tells it from Holmes' perspective, then goes on to events that cemented their relationship and why the Holmes we thought we knew would take this young protege under his wing.

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

The relationship is cleverly handled without being suspicious or unrealistic. The writing is clever and intelligent, and well-placed in locale and history.

Did Robert Ian Mackenzie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. I was very disappointed in his narration. I frequently felt his attitude did not match the intention of the story, his women's voices are terrible and all of his men sound alike and the mood static. I also have Laurie King's other Holmes/Russell books on Audible, and her narration is nearly perfect, her voices differentiate, even for each of the male characters. I wish they would stop using RIM for some Holmes narration and simply use Jenny Sterlin for everything.

Any additional comments?

I recommend any of the books in the series to anyone who is a Holmes fan and looking for a good, clever, imaginative work.

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Delightful!

Laurie R King's restrained yet engaging writing dovetails so beautifully with the original Sherlock Holmes books. This short story retells part of the first book in the Mary Russell series in which Holmes meets Mary. The narrator, Robert Ian MacKenzie, is as skillful as the wonderful Jenny Sterlin in capturing the essence of the characters and story, and is an excellent choice since the entire story is from Holmes point of view. Additional details are included which provide a fresh slant and insight into the Holmes character and his relationship with Mary Russell. My only complaint is that it is only a short story - - how I wished for more!!

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really great story

I loved this story. I learned more about Sherlock Holmes and got to know Mary from his viewpoint. He really cared about her, right from the start.

The narrator was excellent.

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Loved!

Had to get used to a different narrator... Success! Went for a long walk and thoroughly enjoyed it:) Aleta Thomas

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  • 05-29-12

A good 'short'.

The other side of the story told in 'Beekeepers Aprentice'. I found Macenzie's voice deper than I 'hear' myself from both LR King's and Doyle's description which blunted my enthusiasm lightly but it is well read and fills in details hinted at in the 1st book beutifully.