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The Language of Bees: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and… (edition 2010)

by Laurie R. King

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Title:The Language of Bees: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (A Mary Russell Novel)
Authors:Laurie R. King
Info:Bantam (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
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The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King

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I rate this 3.5 with reservations. I was NOT PLEASED to reach the end of the book and discover it really wasn't over. There was a whole nother novel to get to the end of the mystery, yet it wasn't billed as Part One. NOT OKAY. Also not convinced by the "solution" to the minor mystery on the side. That said, the story in this and its sequel (the perplexingly named The God of the Hive--I think she just needed a bee reference because of the first book) is well written on the whole and moves along at a satisfying pace. Not her best, but enjoyable. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Jul 13, 2014 |
Have an extra half star. Picked it up for the title. Initially I was a bit disappointed by the main character Mary and by the writing which is a bit ponderous, but it soon picked up as I got to know her properly. This isn't this first in this series - actually the ninth - so I guess the author had no need to draw the character fully at the start of book none! A refreshingly active heroine, and not out of period - there were lots of real life women zooming all over the globe having adventures right back to the previous century. I'll look out for the first in the series. Always a sucker for bees.... ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
It's been awhile since I've read one of the Russel & Holmes mysteries. It was good to get back to the series. In this outing, we find that Sherlock has a son and he and his family are in trouble. There is also an "interlude" where Mary is alone at home and decides to investigate what happened to one of the bee hives. I found this part strangely enjoyable. I highly recommend this series. ( )
  hoosgracie | Mar 11, 2014 |
This was a book that I'd seen talked about on threads here on LT, so when I happened across an audio copy in the local library, I thought I'd give it a try. My first thoughts having just finished were that it was interesting to see 'investigating' from a female perspective in the era and aura of Sherlock Holmes. Mary Russell was interesting, I liked her pluck and the fact that she didn't sit back and wait for someone else to tell her what to do. I loved the airplane section and her thoughts and reactions before going on her journey. I was disappointed to discover that I need to read on to find out how this story ends. So I guess I need to hope the library has the next one too. ( )
  Peace2 | Mar 6, 2014 |
It's a little annoying that this is a two-parter, but at least the immediate problem came to a conclusion. I still love the 'verse and everyone in it. ♥ ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
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First Birth (1): The boy came into being on a night of celestial alignment, when a comet travelled the firmament and the sky threw forth a million shooting stars to herald his arrival. Testimony, I:1
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For Lynn and Robert on whose backs this book was written
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As homecomings go, it was not auspicious.
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For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve, the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes's beloved hives. But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from her husband's past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with, and exonerated from murder. Now the talented and troubled young man was enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.… (more)

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