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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Excellent Start to a Good Series

    After listening to the short story Beekeeping for Beginners which takes place during this story, I realized I needed to go back and read this first book in the series again. I'm glad I did, because I had forgot some of it, but it also made me realize how much the characters have developed from the start of the series. The Beekeeper's Apprentice is just a good story in itself. A retired Sherlock Holmes meets feisty, opinionated, and highly intelligent fifteen-year-old Mary Russell when she almost steps on him on the Sussex Downs. He sees a logically mind behind the teenage outrage, and finds a new purpose for himself in taking her on as an apprentice. Mary is a wounded bird, but they both help each other heal and grow, though Holmes would not admit that. King keeps fairly true to the classic Doyle characters (she's treating them as if they really existed and that the original stories were somewhat sensationalized for the newspaper that they were published in), but allows them to grow as well. I recommended this book and the series.

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