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When we first meet Mary Russell, she is a 15-year-old orphan, walking the Sussex Downs near her farm in England. She nearly trips over an “old man,” and soon deduces that he is the retired detective Sherlock Holmes. Mary quickly impresses Holmes with her powers of deduction and a friendship begins. It isn’t long before there is a “minor” case of burglary in the area, which Mary is able to solve, and this cements their relationship and increases Holmes’s interest in taking her on formally as his ...more
After accidently reading Pirate King, eleventh in the series, first and liking it, I thought I would go back to the beginning. In The Beekeeper's Apprentice, we discover how Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes meet and travel with them on their first cases, one of which involves a kidnapped girl. I really enjoyed the pace of this book and the sheer variety of cases that were presented. Reading this made me really want to go back to the very beginning and read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of She ...more
In order to better understand Laurie king's #9 book, which I need to read for book club, a friend loaned me this book. I am very glad she did because I am hooked. I plan to read all books in this series and hope they are as good as the first. I also love the background story of how ms. king began writing these books. So excited to have found such a great new series.