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Beekeeping for Beginners (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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BONUS: This eBook includes an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Pirate King.

In this crackling short story, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King reveals an unforgettable new twist in the adventure that led supersleuth Sherlock Holmes to discover his first (and finest) apprentice, Mary Russell.
 
Sherlock Holmes is fending off a particularly dark mood as he roams...
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Beekeeping for Beginners (Short Story)

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Overview

BONUS: This eBook includes an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Pirate King.

In this crackling short story, New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King reveals an unforgettable new twist in the adventure that led supersleuth Sherlock Holmes to discover his first (and finest) apprentice, Mary Russell.
 
Sherlock Holmes is fending off a particularly dark mood as he roams the Sussex Downs, in search of wild bees. The Great War may be raging across the Channel, but on the Downs, the great detective nears terminal melancholia—only to be saved by an encounter with headstrong, yellow-haired young Mary Russell, who soon becomes the Master’s apprentice not only in beekeeping but in detection. 

Holmes instantly spots her remarkable ability, but his sharp eyes also see troubling problems. Why is this wealthy orphan who lives with her aunt so shabbily dressed? Why is she so prone to illness and accident? Is she herself the center of a mystery? These are questions that the great detective must answer quickly lest his protégée, and his own new lease on life, meet a sudden, tragic end.

The tale of their meeting has been told from Russell’s point of view, but even those who have never met the famed Russell-Holmes pair will read this tale with delight—and, as its climax builds, with breathless excitement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345529930
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 46
  • Sales rank: 43,270
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in Northern California, where she is currently at work on her next novel.
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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Fun for series fans

    Fans of the Mary Russell series (like me!) will enjoy this short story of Holmes and Russell's first meeting told from Holmes' point of view, plus a small adventure of which Russell was not aware. The additional material is also fun, but not crucial. If you haven't read the series, don't start here, start with the delightful "Beekeeper's Apprentice."

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    King Drafts A Gem Of A Mystery

    Once again, Laurie R King crafts a wonderful read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    Sherlock Holmes stories are always a bit tricky since the writer

    Sherlock Holmes stories are always a bit tricky since the writer needs to be smart enough to stay ahead of the reader. She does a great job of doing this as well as being very entertaining. A very good read.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    I love this book...

    I loved this book so very much and hope that others will love it to. this book the beekeeping for beginners is for me a great way to revisit the world of Sherlock Holmes.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Fun extra for Russell & Holmes fans

    Fun extra peak at familiar characters. If you haven't read the series you might want to pass on this and read The Beekeeper's Apprentice first.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Loved this book. I think it is good for any age from young teen readers through the ages. I am in my 60's but Mary Russell is a teen back in earlier times. We did have this book recommended and used for our book club and it was enjoyed. I thought the writing style was great and loved the new way of looking at Sherlock Holmes from a young female perspective. The banter back and forth between Mary and Sherlock was really fun and witty. It was also a clean option with plenty of adventure. I am always looking for good well-written, clean, novels that keep literary interest without the smut that is included in so many (most?) novels today. It was witty enough to be fun, light enough to not be burdensome but great entertainment. I was intrigued to read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Amazing lead in to Laurie King's series

    I found this story to be very, very enjoyable as I have been reading the Russell/Holmes series since it was first published (in hard cover!). I highly recommend it for all fans of the existing stories and it would be a marvelous way to start reading the other books.
    Thanks, Laurie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Loved the new perspective

    I have enjoyed the Mary Russel series immensely, so it was delightful to have a story from Holmes perspective! I would recommend it to new readers of the series right after "The Beekeepers Apprentice' , but to those who have already read several, it is still a very good story to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Kind of a let down

    This book was not at all like I expected. I am not a big Sherlock Holmes fan and this book was kind of hard to get into it until I read many pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Fun Story

    As a die-hard fan of the Mary Russell books, this story is delightful and adds background.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    The Beginning

    For fans of The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series of books. This story, told from Holmes' point of view, of their beginning relationship provides an interesting insight to his feeling for her. For new readers, it gives a glimpse of the great stories in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Wonderful introduction to the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series.

    This is a nice intro to the series. The only issue is the writer jumps from first person to third person andfor some this may be confusing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Beekeeping for Beginners

    Gotta read anything with Sherlock Holmes in it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Excellent backstory but Ms. King is such an enthralling writer, you want it to be longer.

    I like how Ms. King gave a plausible and enjoyable backstory to the events that opened her first novel. It also gives new dimension to Mr. Holmes character, although his alternative thoughts at the beginning of the story seemed a bit disturbing & out of character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    great short story

    I love the mary russel stories. This one from holms point of view of their first meeting is nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    A joy to read A joy to read. King shows a respect and mastery of language.

    Rarely do short stories satisfy as much as this one does. I attribute that to King truly knowing her charactors as well as her skill as a writer.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Good but could be so much more.

    This short story...(not novella)...was interesting. The first page or two was particularly engaging to see the Mary Russell events from Holmes perspective. However, the work is undoubtedly an excersice for the author to better flesh out the Holmes Russell relationship. I suspect that she may have written parts of this during her first drafts of beekeepers apprentice. There are several sections where others complain of story being crammed that suggests abandoned story line of prior edits. Furthermore it appears that though King can evoke a genuine Holmes voice she does not feel comfortable doing so. Or that she feels she cannot sustained it over a long period, thus the intrusion of differing perspectives from other characters like Watson and Russell in what is a very short piece.

    King is talented and it is a pity that she choses not to tell Holmes side of the story in the Russell series. This short excersice demonstrates considerable talent...and yet, her hesitancy to embrace this version of Sherlock Holmes deflates the enjoyment of the excersice. Obviously I am not a Holmesian purist, but I dearly love Sherlock Holmes stories and I would welcome a true novel of the Russell Holmes exploited from the man himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Nice bonus read

    short story “eNovella.” eBook only. Just released companion story for the 1st book. Holmes’ POV on meeting Russell and a short mystery. Also includes an excerpt for King's new book in this series, Pirate King, coming Sept. 6, 2011. Good read.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Recommended

    As with all Ms.King's offerings, a very well written tale. Having read all the Mary Russell books, I was intrigued to read about her meeting with Holmes from HIS perspective. Thank you, Mary and Ms. King, for saving Sherlock from himself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Love the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes Series

    In this short story, King takes the reader back to the moment when Mary Russell met Sherlock Holmes. However, this time, we see the story unfold from Holmes' point of view. It's an enjoyable variation, but not as engaging as when it's told from Russell's POV. I highly recommend the Russell/Holmes novels, for their originality and for their faithfulness to the Holmes canon. It's intriguing to see Holmes in his older years, and through the eyes of a woman!

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