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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Or, On the Segregation of the Queen

King, Laurie R. (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Or, On the Segregation of the Queen
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Chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.
Authors: King, Laurie R.
Title: The beekeeper's apprentice, or, On the segregation of the queen
Publisher: New York : Picador/Thomas Dunne Books, [2007], c1994
Characteristics: xxi, 346 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Laurie R. King
Notes: "A Mary Russell novel."
Includes discussion questions and author interview
Summary: Chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.
ISBN: 9780312427368
0312427360
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KING 2007
Subject Headings: Holmes, Sherlock Fiction Russell, Mary (Fictitious character) Fiction Private investigators England Fiction Women detectives England Fiction Young women England Fiction England Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Russell, Mary (Fictitious character)
Private investigators
Women detectives
Young women
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Join the discussion on June 17, 2015. A chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when 15-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.

Chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.

A chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher. The developing relationship between the gre... Read More »

A chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.

Chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher. This is the first title in a great series.


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Oct 17, 2014
  • AllonsyAt221B rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am a major Sherlockian and I must confess that this is on my 'Top Fifty' list! I adore Laurie R. King's writing style, the development of Russell, and the riveting, enigmatic character of Holmes. I fell in love with the 'Sherlock Holmes' fandom all over again!

Sep 06, 2014
  • GirlWhoLived rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my favorite summer read, hands-down. I laughed out loud frequently, I loved Russell's character as well as King's style of writing. Holmes is true to Doyle's character but age-mellowed. I have read every single one of the original stories and was prepared to find this book okay at best, but during the big finale scene I was so engrossed that, even though I was actually walking the streets of London myself at the time, I had my nose firmly in the pages. I guarantee that any Holmes fan will ADORE this book.

May 29, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a wonderful book! I absolutely loved it! I read this for my outside reading book for school, and I swear I couldn't put it down! The relationship between Russell and Holmes and the sarcastic comments were truly what made the book. I could feel the intensity and the father-daughter love that flowed between them, and sometimes I couldn't help but laugh out loud, because they were so sassy sometimes! I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait until the next books in the series!

I have read many many books for my school projects in the past 5 years and this one is the BEST! I will read it over and over!!!!! I love reading mysteries and watching them including BBC. Sherlock, so I throughly enjoyed this book

Jun 18, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

a well -written "memoir" and initial series of adventures ... I'm just having a problem wrapping my head around a 60 year old Sherlock Holmes, first accepting a 15 year old girl as an apprentice then forming an equal partnership with her when she is a couple of years older.

Oct 09, 2012
  • RCAbook rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoy the premise of this book, the writing style of the author, and the character development. I'm looking forward to reading the entire series.

Aug 04, 2012
  • elfster14 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very good. Captured my attention and has a very well laid-out plot.

Jul 15, 2012
  • kitten97 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice was a wonderful book. As some who has enjoyed many of the Sherlock Holmes short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I found the book absolutely fascinating. Laurie King does a great job of showing the famous detective in a new light yet still keeping the character believable as Sherlock Holmes. I recommend this for fans of Sherlock Holmes or even just fans of mystery. It is a suspenseful thrilling novel which keeps you reading it to the end.

Jun 05, 2012
  • MadReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed King's vision of Homles as a woman in Mary Russell. Quite fun!

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May 29, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 07, 2013
  • turbo12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 15, 2012
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Sep 06, 2014
  • GirlWhoLived rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mary Russell is a sassy, smart American teenager who has been recently orphaned and is living in Sussex with her aunt. One day, while wandering the downs with her nose stuck in a book, she trips over the great (retired) Sherlock Holmes as he studies bees. Thus begins a beautiful apprenticeship and friendship, punctuated with witty banter, perilous situations, and beloved characters. As Russell ages and begins her career at Oxford, their unique relationship and combined skills must rise to the challenge of a new, unknown danger, one which is targeting the detectives directly.

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May 29, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This self-contained individual, this man who had rarely allowed even his sturdy, ex-Ary companion Watson to confront real risk, who had habitually over the past four years held back, been cautious, kept an eye out, and otherwise protected me; this man who was a Victorian gentleman down to his boots; this man was now proposing to place not only his life and limb into my untested, inexperienced, and above all female hands, but my own life as well.

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