Review: The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Laurie R. King
A Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King
Publisher: Picador First Edition 2007
Labels: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Early 20th Century, England
Rating: 5 Stars
The preface explains the origins of how this book came in to the hands of the author Laurie R. King, the explanation is imaginative. The authors mission, as well as the voice in the story, is to describe the real Sherlock Holmes, not the man of myth.
When the story begins it is early Spring 1915, and a girl named Mary Russell, age15, is reading a book by Virgil, and walking in a rural area of Sussex, England. Mary comes across a middle-aged man, sitting silently in a field, watching honeybees on a hillside. After exchanging a few words, it becomes apparent they've both met their match, in personality, wit, and intelligence. The middle-aged man is the retired Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is impressed with the young girl Mary. He takes her under his wing, so to speak, teaching her to be a 20th century sleuth.
I loved this story!
From the preface through to the mysteries that are solved, I loved every bit of this story.
- Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are alike. Often people that are alike rub each other the wrong way. A fracture in the relationship can develop. I found in this story that Mary and Sherlock compliment each other. He was a pseudo teacher/father figure. She a willing pupil. A key factor in their relationship was respect.
- Their communication or dialogue with each other reminded me of two people who are perfect dancing partners. Each in synchronization with their steps. Each with fluid movement. Each enjoying their time together.
- Our sleuths travel. I enjoyed traveling with them, especially of Mary's descriptions of what she saw and how she felt.
- I found it interesting that in figuring out a case, they were patient, unhurried, in order to solve correctly a case. Most modern stories are full of brute physical strength. Sherlock and Mary use intelligence and wisdom.
- I enjoyed the authors writing style. I was able to see the characters facial expressions, demeanor, clothing attire, scenery. All the sights and sounds came alive for me.