The Beekeeper's Apprentice

or, On the Segregation of the Queen

A Mary Russell Mystery (Volume 1)

Laurie R. King

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An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee
 
Named One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent
 
Mystery Booksellers Association
 
From New York Times bestselling 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 twentieth-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).

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Two Shabby Figures

The discovery of a sign of true intellect outside ourselves procures us something of the emotion Robinson Crusoe felt when he saw the imprint of a human foot on the sandy beach of his island.

I WAS FIFTEEN when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defence I must say it was an engrossing book, and it was very rare to come across another person in that particular part of the world in that war year of 1915.

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"Wonderfully original and entertaining . . . absorbing from beginning to end."—Booklist
 
"King has stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again."—The Washington Post Book World

"Remarkably beguiling."—The Boston Globe

"A fascinating and often moving account of a friendship so unusual and so compelling that one almost accepts it as being historically real."—The Denver Post

"Enchanting . . . The Beekeeper's Apprentice is real Laurie R. King, not faux Conan Doyle, and for my money, it's better than the original."—San Jose Mercury News

"Rousing . . . Riveting . . . Suspenseful."—Chicago Sun-Times


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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award–winning author of four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, eight acclaimed Mary Russell mysteries, and four stand-alone novels, including the highly praised A Darker Place. She lives in northern California.

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
or, On the Segregation of the Queen
Laurie R. King

Trade Paperback

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Picador
October 2007
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ISBN: 9780312427368
ISBN10: 0312427360
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$16.00

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May 2014
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ISBN: 9781427258809
ISBN10: 1427258805
Audio Run Time: 12:00
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Macmillan Audio
January 2014
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427251497
ISBN10: 1427251495
Audio Run Time: 13:30
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May 2014
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9781250050113
ISBN10: 1250050111
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
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May 2014
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ISBN: 9781250055705
ISBN10: 1250055709
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May 2014
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ISBN: 9781250055712
ISBN10: 1250055717
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
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April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429936507
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