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The Beekeeper's Apprentice

or, On the Segregation of the Queen

A Mary Russell Mystery (Volume 1)

Laurie R. King

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THE TWENTIETH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE FIRST NOVEL OF THE ACCLAIMED MARY RUSSELL SERIES BY EDGAR AWARD–WINNING AUTHOR LAURIE R. KING.

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles onto 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. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern, twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. They are soon called to Wales to help Scotland Yard find the kidnapped daughter of an American senator, a case of international significance with clues that dip deep into Holmes’s past. Full of brilliant deduction, disguises, and danger, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first book of the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is “remarkably beguiling” (The Boston Globe).

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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. In my seven weeks of peripatetic reading amongst

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Praise for The Beekeeper's Apprentice

“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

“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

“Wonderfully original and entertaining...absorbing from beginning to end.”—Booklist
 
“Remarkably beguiling.”—The Boston Globe
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Laurie R. King

  • Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award-winning author of twelve bestselling books in the Russell & Holmes series and two in the Stuyvesant & Grey historical series, most recently The Bones of Paris. She has also written five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, four stand-alone crime novels, and a number of short stories and non-fiction books. She lives in Northern California.
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    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    or, On the Segregation of the Queen

    A Mary Russell Mystery

    Laurie R. King

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