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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

What the Critics Say

  • Agatha Award, Best Novel Nominee

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    "Wonderful continuation of the Holmes stories"

    The introduction of the new protégée of Sherlock Holmes is a very clever and believable continuation of the much loved stories. I particularly enjoyed the different perspective we see of the renowned detective from Mary - a tender side to him that is entirely plausible when taking this relationship in to account. The plot line was tight and kept me interested from the beginning through to the end. I look forward to reading the rest in the series.

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    "A treasured favorite"

    I had previously read it myself as a paperback and lived it just as much as I remembered, perhaps more

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    Amazon Customer New Mexico 02-18-17
    Amazon Customer New Mexico 02-18-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great first installment of a series!"

    Not too many plot twists, but the story keeps moving. Female protagonists and female antagonist, with Holmes keeping the rudder straight. Have listened to both the last volume and the first volume in the Russell series and both have been a delight. Performance on this volume was well done, with sufficient variation between voices and spot on intonation. Now, off to wade into the series itself. it's going to be great!

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    "I felt this book was well rendered."

    don't you think it is annoying when you are forced to babble on about a book when you have nothing further to say?

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    "Very entertaining"

    Great suspenseful book. Hard to put down. . A delightful narrator who makes every character different and alive.


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    "Holmes but Not Holmes"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although Mary Russel works storywise as a sidekick to the immortal character of Holmes she does not work at all as an interesting pairing for any Sherlock Holmes fan. The character is as unemotional and dry as Sherlock so the dichotomy between Sherlock and Watson, that creates an interesting relationship for the reader, is missing from this new match. There is no dynamic in getting to see Holmes work with what amounts to a female version of him. As a strong female character Mary Russel works very well, but this is because she is simply Sherlock Holmes in a young girl form. The story drags far too long and the interesting parts of "the game" are distanced so much from each other that turning the book back on became tedious. Details of irrelevant minutae also occupied far too high of ratio of the pages. They did nothing to make the book more interesting nor the characters. Overall, captures the character of Holmes well, but not a good Holmes read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    King seemed angry the whole read. May have contributed to my disconnect with the main character


    Was The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen worth the listening time?

    Glad to have it out of my way so I can listen to something else. Wouldn't recommend, mainly due to its length not being justified or worthwhile


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    Inge 01-14-17
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    "just ok"

    I really enjoyed Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli series and the stand-alone book A Darker Place, so I thought I would give the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series a try. I found this book to be better than I expected, but not to my taste.

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    Zemilla 01-12-17
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    "Spellbinding----I'm hooked!"
    What did you love best about The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen?

    I love the character of Mary Russell, and the fresh perspective the author brings to the beloved characters of Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson. The analogy with the Queen Bee in the hive developed beautifully through the story, as we wonder who on earth this powerful adversary could be. I found Jenny Sterlin's voice and swift transition from character to character, male and female, educated and not, compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked a story with female protagonists, and a detective story so complex I had no idea how it would resolve to the end----hence stayed up listening very late two nights in a row!


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

    I haven't listened to her performances before, but would definitely be drawn to anything else she reads based on her skillful work with this book.


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

    Sherlock meets his match


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I'm hooked, and intend to listen to all the Mary Russell series that's available, and will explore the rest of Laurie King's prolific work.

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    Christopher Williams San Diego, CA United States 12-27-16
    Christopher Williams San Diego, CA United States 12-27-16 Member Since 2007

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    "A Holmes Pastiche to Pass On"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The character of the apprentice. Too young to make a good Holmes foil.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. I found the book quite boring.


    Could you see The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not.


    Any additional comments?

    Pass on this. The older Holmes is mildly interesting, but the story as a whole not worth the reading effort.

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    "Would love to continue the series."

    This was a very good take on the Sherlock Holmes books, and yet Laurie King still made it her own. This book was a class assignment, but I actually want to continue the rest of the stories myself. Wonderful book, and can't wait to hear more.

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