Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

36 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 22,376 ratings

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

This program includes a preface read by the author.

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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  • Book 1

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

    • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,606
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,591

    This program includes a preface read by the author. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great mystery!

    • By Ruth on 03-24-14

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    • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It's 1914, and a bold, young American called Mary Russell is about to experience a rather dynamic change of life. Deep in the rural English countryside, she meets a retired beekeeper by the name of Sherlock Holmes. Although many years have passed since he astonished Watson by solving Scotland Yard's most baffling crimes, The Great Detective is still very much in possession of his excellent faculties. Surprisingly for both of them, he sees Mary's untapped potential for his old line of work.

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  • Book 2

    • A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • The Mary Russell Series, Book 2
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

    It is 1921 and Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology - is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Echoes of "Another Shirt Ruined!"

    • By PeachPecan on 05-02-14

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    • A Monstrous Regiment of Women

    • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    While visiting London, Mary Russell comes across a friend from Oxford. The young woman introduces Mary to Margery Childe, charismatic leader of a religious sect involved in the suffrage movement. When several members of the sect's female volunteers are murdered, Mary starts to investigate - but events spiral out of control, and Mary's search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced....

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  • Book 3

    • A Letter of Mary

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Mary Russell, assistant and protégée of the great Sherlock Holmes, finds herself and her partner once more mired in mystery. When Mary is given a scrap of papyrus by an old archaeologist friend, she has no inkling of what it contains. Written in Greek, it could be a letter from a previously unknown apostle - who just happens to be female. However, the situation moves from being curiously exciting to chillingly perilous as the archaeologist is murdered and Mary and Sherlock's home is ransacked.

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    • A Letter of Mary: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • The Mary Russell Series, Book 3
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 983
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 986

    The third book in the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes series. It is 1923. Mary Russell Holmes and her husband, the retired Sherlock Holmes, are enjoying the summer together on their Sussex estate when they are visited by an old friend, Miss Dorothy Ruskin, an archeologist just returned from Palestine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sherlock, Mary Russell, & Mary Magdalene....what?

    • By Steph on 06-22-14

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  • Book 4

    • The Moor

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    Sherlock Holmes has received a call for help from an old friend. The Reverend Barring-Gould, noted parson and folklorist, wants Holmes to investigate some strange sightings. When Mary Russell realises where their search will take them, however, her blood runs cold. A ghostly coach and giant dog have been glimpsed on Dartmoor - the chilling landscape of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

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    • The Moor: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • Mary Russell, Book 4
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 853
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 783
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 782

    In the eerie wasteland of Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes summons his devoted wife and partner, Mary Russell, from her studies at Oxford to aid the investigation of a death and some disturbing phenomena of a decidedly supernatural origin. Through the mists of the moor there have been sightings of a spectral coach made of bones carrying a woman long-ago accused of murdering her husband - and of a hound with a single glowing eye.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Entry

    • By Gary L. Richardson on 04-07-15

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  • Book 5

    • O Jerusalem

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

    It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • if you like Russell as theologian

    • By connie on 08-24-09
    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 02-20-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346 ratings

    Regular price: $23.08

    • O Jerusalem

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes has traveled to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city will surely go up in flames.

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  • Book 6

    • Justice Hall

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1,102
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle

    • By S. Dale on 01-15-04

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Justice Hall

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    With her debut novel, A Grave Talent, Laurie R. King became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic. Few authors dare to touch the classic canon of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but in this charming and suspenseful series, Edgar award-winner King succeeds with triumphant originality. Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are now on their sixth thrilling outing together.

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  • Book 7

    • The Game

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
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      5 out of 5 stars 860
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 859

    The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Grand Conceit, A Deligntful Listen

    • By Patrick Mabry, Jr. on 09-25-13
    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 10-23-08
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079 ratings

    Regular price: $41.97

    • The Game

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 37
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    In the early days of 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, are given an urgent task by his brother, Mycroft: find a British spy gone missing along India's northwest frontier, where men are dying and trouble is brewing. The spy's name? It is one Holmes knows from his sojourn in India long ago, and one Russell knows from a book. It is Kimball O'Hara, known to the world by the name Rudyard Kipling called him - Kim....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes the past come alive

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-21-18

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 8

    • Locked Rooms

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
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    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don't miss this jewel!

    • By Melanie on 06-17-07

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Locked Rooms

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In 1924, San Francisco is booming. The great fire and earthquake of 1906 cleared the ground for a modern city, but the closer she comes to the place she used to call home, the more troubling Mary Russell's dreams become. As Russell and her husband, the great detective Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs in the City by the Bay, Mary's past isn't the only thing that catches up with them....

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  • Book 9

    • The Language of Bees

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • To all Holmes buff's,

    • By mike on 06-04-10

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  • Book 10

    • The God of the Hive

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imaginative and engrossing listen

    • By connie on 05-01-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The God of the Hive

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 18
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      5 out of 5 stars 16
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    It began as a problem in one of Holmes' beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended - or so they'd hoped - with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they've thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police and pursued across the continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections. Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorites!

    • By Anonymous User on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 10.5

    • Beekeeping for Beginners

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Award-winning author Laurie R. King writes mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell. In this short story, King explores their very first meeting... Sherlock Holmes is fending off a particularly dark mood as he roams the Sussex Downs, in search of wild bees.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A human Holmes!

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-12

    Regular price: $4.53

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