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The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King

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The first book in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Series.

1915. The great detective Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honey bees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes – and match him wit for wit.Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator’s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary – a bomber who has set trip-wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

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This star review was by Julia Dunlop, Kerala India of Kerala, India.

I've just read this on my Kindle - and it was a revelation. It was the first time I've found an ebook un-putdownable, and the first time I've been travelling without a book. It really is a worthy successor to the Holmes books I read as a child, as more has been added to the stories - it's not just another Holmes-styled mystery. Well done! I want more.Julia Dunlop, Kerala India, Kerala, India

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From the start I was amazed at how I could hear Holmes' voice, so clear speaking to me as I read. I was instantly catapulted into the incredible world of Mary Russell, one that I wish dearly that I could be a part of. Having never read any Sherlock Holmes and only a fleeting relationship through the medium of television, I don't think I've missed out on anything, and in fact, I now want to go and read the Conan Doyle books having gotten a taste for Holmes' wit and astounding cleverness.
I've just this evening finished the first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and now I desperately have to get my hands on the next book in this series, I have to know what next happens to sardonic Holmes, wilful Russel and dear Uncle John. Oh, and I'd love a cup of tea Mrs Hudson!Nicola Golding, kent

An absolutely beautifully written, fantastically plotted, elegantly told gem of a novel. The perfect start to what promises to be a wonderful series. With characters that jump right off the page and into your heart this is a sure fire winner for fans of Sherlock Holmes and for those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting the great detective yet. Don't delay get your copy now!Penny Bullock, Lancaster


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