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What Would Doyle Think?

  • Jun 25, 2010
I have to confess that I was really reluctant to read this book. I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan (of the originals), and I was extremely skeptical about the abilities of another author taking on the great detective. But I was really wrong. Laurie R. King handled Sherlock with white-gloves; he is completely believable as the same eccentric sleuth we all know and love. I was intrigued by the relationship between Mary and Holmes; for what girl doesn't imagine herself as his sidekick? =) IOr maybe I'm the only one...haha. loved their partnership, although I was horrified to learn that they get married later in the series. I mean, c'mon, that's stretching it quite a bit. I was disappointed about that aspect. I was also a bit disappointed with the rather hokey idea that Moriarty's daughter was seeking revenge. A bit too Hollywood for me. But oh well. This book was still really enjoyable and smart. It was interesting to see Holmes's softer side. I wonder what Doyle would think of it.

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July 09, 2010
With a title like Beekeeper's Apprentice, I didn't think this would be a Holmes book, but it sure does sound like an interesting story! Thanks for sharing :)
July 11, 2010
I know right? I didn't see the connection at first, until I remembered that Holmes mentioned in one (I can't remember which) story that he was going to retire and keep bees. Pretty cool! =)
June 25, 2010
I've wondered about this book for a while (I had some of your same reservations) but I will definitely check it out now. Thanks!
June 25, 2010
I'm really glad that I could help you out! Happy reading! =D
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review by . June 24, 2011
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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A brilliant new vision of an older Sherlock Holmes, who finds his equal in a young woman who captures his heart as well as his mind. Magnificent storytelling, a true credit to the Holmesian pantheon. Subsequent books vary, but are ultimately worth every single page. Superior series.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Her detailed knowledge of bees is great, but she rreveals her character too early in unraveling the mystery. It kind of drags in spots.
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen is the first novel in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R. King.  Originally published in 1994, this novel has seen multiple editions and has been nominated for an Agatha Award (Best Novel).  
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ISBN-10: 0312427360
ISBN-13: 978-0312427368
Author: Laurie R. King
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Picador
Date Published: October 2, 2007
Format: Paperback (1st edition)
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