The mysterious death of Irene Adler's bees leads to a consultation with Sherlock Holmes and the discovery of a sinister connection to a case many years in the past. When this threat imperils the safety of everyone the detective holds dear, he and The Woman are forced to use every ounce of their ingenuity to save their friends.
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About the Author
Amy Thomas is one of the Baker Street Babes, the world’s most popular Sherlock Holmes podcast. The Silent Hive is Amy’s third Holmes and Adler novel – The Detective and The Woman, and The Detective and The Woman and the Winking Tree have sold worldwide with wonderful reviews with the first book available in audio format as well.
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The Detective, The Woman and The Silent Hive: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is the third novel by this author about Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. As these novels come out, readers find themselves travelling a strange pathway. Both Sherlock and Irene have developed defenses against caring about others. Their reasons are different, but their actions are similar. Both are self-reliant loners who suppress their feelings of care and concern for others lest they be trapped into allowing others to distract them from their own immediate concerns. This novel opens with Irene arriving at 221B Baker Street to inform Sherlock that her bee hives have all died. At this time, Irene is the Apiarist and Sherlock is an occasional visitor and interested observer of the process of tending hives. Dr. Watson is again in residence at Baker Street following the death of his wife (1903 edition, #2 or #3?) and Mrs. Hudson is keeping house for both of them. Mrs. Turner is housekeeper for Irene at her house on the Downs. The good Doctor has been a regular visitor to her there and seems to be courting Mrs. Turner while Mrs. Hudson is thinking of selling her town properties and retiring to the country. The death of Irene’s bees is accepted by Sherlock as a case, since they were killed by a disease with no likely source near her farm. Initial investigations lead Sherlock to recognize a malevolent influence seemingly centered on himself, but affecting those around him. The mystery proceeds in fine fashion, but it actually plays out as the beginning of a true friendship between Sherlock and Irene. The steps in this friendship are careful and slow, but they begin with finding that both of them care for the wellbeing of others. As these revelations come, they begin to care for each other’s welfare and realize that they are giving up some of their own freedom of action to do so. The mystery gives way a piece at a time as the source of the dark influence reveals itself. Innocent parties are killed or harmed and the detective pair find that they are not free to treat all as merely a problem to be solved, but rather that they feel guilt and remorse for exposing friends and colleagues to this evil. A dark period in Sherlock’s past has generated the hatred that pursues all he cares about and its source must be identified and prevented from doing further harm. In the meantime, both Irene and Sherlock must learn to open their hearts to others who suffer from association with them. This process is the theme of the novel and it is well-presented and convincingly handled. There is no need to say that the explanations and outcomes are all unexpected. As in her earlier novels, the author has written alternate chapters from the viewpoints of Irene and then of Sherlock. This practice presents the reader with a more sympathetic view of the two protagonists and it reveals their inner fears and concerns in an indirect fashion. It is perhaps, the best novel yet in this series. As ever, the author underplays the emotional content and concentrates lovingly on the facts. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, March, 2014
The hive goes silent and the game grows dangerous! My thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my review copy of this book. Thanks for being so patient with me… This is the third book in this series by Amy Thomas and is proof that great writers can reach new heights as they progress with a series! The two previous books were superb and this one is equally special! Irene Adler arrives at Baker Street with the news that her bees have all died mysteriously. Holmes discovers that the bees have be poisoned with a singularly virulent bacteria known as “foulbrood.” The unusual agent that has killed Irene’s bees is known in America, but not so much in Great Britain and Europe. Holmes discovers that there is a connection to an old case, one that Holmes has always considered as a dismal failure. Mysterious messages are left to let Holmes know he has enemies on his trail. The murder of a seventeen-year-old girl with a baby strikes Holmes to the heart and makes him even more determined to end this once and for all. As usual the author plays Holmes and Irene off each other with the skill of an archer splitting an arrow with another arrow! Doctor Watson, Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Turner add their moments in this truly fascinating novel. I only hope that Amy Thomas continues this series. It is top of the line! I gladly give this book five stars, plus! Quoth the Raven…
Really enjoyed this book.