The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #1)

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #1)

by Laurie R. King
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
onetruebrit More than 1 year ago
This was one of our book club books, and I must admit to not being interested, Once starring it, could not put it down. and have already read a couple more in the series. Even a Brit can be anti Sherlock Homes and while it's not really about Sherlock Holmes he is an important part of the story, Mary Russell is the lead character and that fact is quite clear from the outset. All I can add is, try it, you will absolutely love it.
Koneko_no_Yami More than 1 year ago
This first novel of the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series hits every note just right. The aging great detective Sherlock Holmes takes on Mary Russell, a brilliant 15 year old girl as his apprentice, who is our narrator. Although King takes a few liberties with Conan Doyle's cannon - Holmes is a little younger - she gets the characters exactly right. She also brings Holmes into the "real world" by having Conan Doyle be Watson's literary agent. The voices of the characters ring true, from Holmes' sardonic laughter, to Dr "uncle John" Watson's bumbling good heartedness. The best non-Conan Doyle Holmes out there by far. I've read this book more times than I can tell you.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1915 fifteen year old expatriate American orphan Mary Russell meets retired detective Sherlock Holmes in Sussex Downs. The sleuth finds the feisty intelligent heiress much more refreshing than the bees he normally communicates with. He decides to make her his apprentice in the science of detecting on the condition she keeps her studies at Oxford up. When she is at her new home, her aunt¿s house, and he on a case, he will train her.------------ She works a few minor cases for Holmes when they are asked to investigate the kidnapping of American senator Simpson in Wales. They quickly conclude that a genius is behind the abduction of Jessica. After Russell proves her worth by rescuing Jessica, someone tries to kill her, Holmes and Dr. Watson. The sleuths believe the same criminal behind the kidnapping wants to destroy Holmes.------------- This is a reprint of the first Russell-Holmes collaboration and though over a decade old with several subsequent sequels since, THE BEEKEEPER¿S APPRENTICE retains a freshness. The story line grips the audience from the moment the precocious teen meets the beekeeper partly because of the terrific rendition of the lead characters as Homes seems Doyle like and more and partly because England in WW I comes alive. The mystery is clever, but it is the meeting of the minds that makes Laurie R. King¿s tale more than just a well done homage.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too much filler here. Not to mention that everyone is very sexist towards Mary, even Holmes himself on occasion. The third mystery was even more filler-packed and boring than the first two, but I couldn't skim for the fear that I might miss something. It had great potential, but didn't live up to it.
Odessa More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Doyle's original Holmes stories, so I was a little skeptical. This story was a wonderful homage to Sherlock Holmes, though King's presentation of him is unique, she makes it her own while respecting tradition. Part of why it is successful is that King makes her protagonist the original character of Mary Russell, a modern girl with a gifted mind and a troubled past. The audience gets to experience Doyle's characters through her and it it thoroughly enjoyable. A great adventure with an intruiging mystery, danger and friendship.
NancyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed! Laurie King has resurrected Sherlock Holmes not by adding yet more improbable adventures with Watson in his heyday, but by bringing him another confederate in his "retirement years". He was supposed to have moved from London to the country to study bees, so enter 15-year-old Mary Russell, parent-less and living with a detested aunt, possessed of a keen, observant mind very like Holmes himself. They hit it off and Holmes tutors Russell in observation and reasoning, and shares esoteric research with her. I really enjoyed the book, and was happy to learn that there are, so far, 7 sequels. I am on book 5 now, and just as impressed !
IrregularReader 7 months ago
I’m continuing my Sherlockian trend with the first of this series by Laurie R. King! Sherlock Holmes has retired from the life of a consulting detective to keep bees and indulge in chemistry experiments in the Sussex Downs. Mary Russell is a teenage orphan, forced to live with her penurious aunt until her majority. When the two chance to meet, Holmes is not expecting to encounter a mind equal to his, and Mary Russell is not expecting to find a mentor. This first book chronicles the first four years of their friendship. This is the first in a series which now contains fourteen books. I’m definitely late to the party. Like most of the other Sherlock Holmes stuff I’m reading lately, the choice was inspired by From Holmes to Sherlock by Mattias Boström. The book is a series of interconnected vignettes rather than one contiguous story. In The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, we move from Mary and Sherlock’s first meeting, to their strange friendship, and the beginning of Mary’s training in the art of detection. In Mary Russell, King has given us a heroine who is fiercely intelligent and independent, and more than a match for Holmes himself. I loved that while she shares a lot of Holmes’ personality traits, the two complement one another rather than existing as mirror-image duplicates. As with any new series, there is always the awkward getting-to-know-you period. But this is a great start to a series, and I’m quite looking forward to binging on the rest of the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exquisitely and ingeniously written w/scholarly reasoning and vocabulary. Lovely historic and geographic accuracy combines with a touch of romanticism. It's a good thing Ms. King chose to write about Sherlock and Mary in series form because I am completely enamored and hooked and would likely mourn the end of each book if I didn't know there were another to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Sherlock, give this a try. The only part of the story that I did not enjoy, was her disrespect towards Watson. I am still trying to move past that. Hence, I am now going to read book two of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all series but borrowed. have come back to give this review.t only bought one nook was the one where they are in india with kim. Formalic but getting a little annoyed as they keep separating in series on separate missions and holmes less and less as a team and she knows nothing a curious style buska
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A well written mystery that needs to be read! Captures you from the beginning - you won't want to put it down!!
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ValMT More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a series of Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books written by Laurie King. I've read them all, and eagerly await the newest installment (The Bones of Paris). The Beekeeper's Apprentice is carefully-crafted, intelligent, and well researched. I recommended this book to a book club I belong to, and it's the first book we've read that everyone loved! If you're a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, or you love a good mystery, this book (and series) is for you!
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Well written. However, speaking as a Sherlockaholic, it is not well thought out.
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Not the best non-canonical Holmes book I've read, but still very enjoyable. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.