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The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994)

by Laurie R. King

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Series: Mary Russell (1), Mary Russell: Chronological Order (1915-1919)

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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.
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    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (clif_hiker, 47degreesnorth)
    47degreesnorth: Younger heroine and more precocious but similar
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    A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King (catpal1)
    catpal1: All of the books in this series are wonderful. It's such a fresh take on the Sherlock Holmes fiction: the give-and-take reminds me of the old Kate Hepburn/Spencer Tracy pairings.
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    The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer (markusnenadovus)
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    A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (47degreesnorth)
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    Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Sally604)
    Sally604: Mysteries set in the same era with a female detective - lots of fun to read.
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    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley (47degreesnorth)
    47degreesnorth: No Holmes but younger more precocious heroine with a thirst to solve the case.
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    Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (yonitdm)
    yonitdm: They both feature brilliant, strong women as main characters, plus mystery, intrigue, and many, many cups of tea.
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    The Final Solution. A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon (laytonwoman3rd)
    laytonwoman3rd: This book also features an elderly beekeeper who does some detecting, and who we are meant to understand to be Sherlock Holmes, although his name is not mentioned.
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    The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Martin Harry Greenberg (Othemts)
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    Chalice by Robin McKinley (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: To continue a bit of the bee theme.
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    Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett (Othemts)
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    A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin (Othemts)
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    Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith (clif_hiker)
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    And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (nessreader)

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  JimandMary69 | Mar 30, 2024 |
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Mary Russell, a teenaged genius who matches wits and joins forces with the "retired" Sherlock Holmes. She's a character I'd like to spend more time with. The story is well-plotted, and exciting in all the right ways, but I was totally bewildered by the mechanics of the climactic scene, and that might influence my decision to carry on with this series. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Mar 3, 2024 |
Sherlock Holmes fanfic. Entertaining. I seem to remember a few bits toward the beginning that were too embarrassingly Mary Sue to read, but it settles down after a hundred or so pages. Interesting approach to story-telling: the speed of events changes wildly throughout the book---but very true to what it's supposed to be, which is a memoir. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #1)by Laurie R. King (Goodreads Author) 4.08 á Rating details ├é┬á 55,400 Ratings ├é┬á 4,984 ReviewsLong retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes' pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
(2007) Pretty good take on Sherlock Holmes several years after he has ?retired? who takes on a young female protege Mary Russell who turns out to be a very good complement to Holmes's talents. Book is really a collection of short stories and a novella which all lead into one another with the ultimate case of solving who is trying to kill Holmes. Turns out is his nemesis's (Moriarity) daughter.(PW)Sherlock Holmes takes on a young, female apprentice in this delightful and well-wrought addition to the master detective's casework. In the early years of WW I, 15-year-old American Mary Russell encounters Holmes, retired in Sussex Downs where Conan Doyle left him raising bees. Mary, an orphan rebelling against her guardian aunt's strictures, impresses the sleuth with her intelligence and acumen. Holmes initiates her into the mysteries of detection, allowing her to participate in a few cases when she comes home from her studies at Oxford. The collaboration is ignited by the kidnapping in Wales of Jessica Simpson, daughter of an American senator. The sleuthing duo find signs of the hand of a master criminal, and after Russell rescues the child, attempts are made on their lives (and on Watson's), with evidence piling up that the master criminal is out to get Holmes and all he holds dear. King ( A Grave Talent ) has created a fitting partner for the Great Detective: a quirky, intelligent woman who can hold her own with a man renowned for his contempt for other people's thought processes.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
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But at the heart of the novel is not the historical accuracy or the gender commentary; rather, the core of the story is the partnership between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. It's a partnership between equals, of two keen minds, two clever, stubborn, and formidable people who nevertheless feel the psychological weight of the profession they have chosen to follow. Moreover, there's none of that tired and overdone sexual tension that one might expect from a story with two protagonists of the opposite gender. There are no romantic interludes, tense moments, or pensive fantasizing. Instead, rather like the recent adaptation Elementary, the story does something remarkable: portray a friendship and a relationship between two unique characters of opposite genders without going down the tired, old, (and, in the case of Holmesian adaptations, particularly overdone) path of romance.

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I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and I nearly stepped on him.
He said nothing. Very sarcastically.
My main passions were becoming theoretical Mathematics and the complexities of Rabbinic Judaism, two topics which are dissimilar only on the surface.
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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.

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U rasko┼ínoj galeriji likova koju je za sobom ostavio Arthur Conan Doyle gdje sredi┼ínje mjesto zauzima portret Sherlocka Holmesa, pored njega, osim slike dr. Watsona, ostao je prazan okvir savr┼íeno podoban da udomi prkosni profil jedne gospo─Ĺice.
Ameri─Źka knji┼żevnica Laurie R. King, dobitnica dviju presti┼żnih nagrada za najbolji kriminalisti─Źki roman godine, odva┼żno je odlu─Źila ispuniti taj okvir likom mlade Mary Russell.
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Tako ─çe po─Źeti naukovanje Mary Russell, budu─çe suradnice djelomi─Źno umirovljenog slavnog detektiva Sherlocka Holmesa. Njihove zajedni─Źke avanture zabilje┼żene su u pet dosad objavljenih romana i zacijelo predstavljaju najvjerniji nastavak knji┼żevnog rada Arthura Conana Doylea.
Laurie R. King u svojim je djelima uspjela vjerodostojno do─Źarati ton, ugo─Ĺaj i duh vremena, zadr┼żav┼íi izvornu cjelovitost Holmesova karaktera i pritom kao ravnopravnu protute┼żu stvorila potpuno samostalan, o┼ítrouman, duhovit i zanosan ┼żenski lik.
Roman P─Źelareva nau─Źnica Laurie R. King s engleskoga je, u ukradenom vremenu izme─Ĺu dvije Patricije Cornwell, prevela Martina Gra─Źanin, a ilustraciju na naslovnici izradio je Igor Kordej, uz napomenu da su oba crna lovca namjerno naslikana na bijelim poljima jer negativci uvijek igraju prljavo.
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Old Holmes meets his match
She's his child-bride and partner
Together they sleuth

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