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Beekeeper's Apprentice - Or On The Segregation Of The Queen - A Mary… (1994 original; edició 1994)

de Laurie R. King (Autor)

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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.
Membre:setheredge
Títol:Beekeeper's Apprentice - Or On The Segregation Of The Queen - A Mary Russell Novel
Autors:Laurie R. King (Autor)
Informació:Picador/St. Martin's Press (1994), 346 pages
Col·leccions:Have Read
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice de Laurie R. King (1994)

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    Els estranys talents de la Flavia de Alan Bradley (clif_hiker, 47degreesnorth)
    47degreesnorth: Younger heroine and more precocious but similar
  2. 60
    A Monstrous Regiment of Women de 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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    A Red Herring Without Mustard de Alan Bradley (47degreesnorth)
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    The Seven-Per-Cent Solution de Nicholas Meyer (markusnenadovus)
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    Maisie Dobbs de Jacqueline Winspear (Sally604)
    Sally604: Mysteries set in the same era with a female detective - lots of fun to read.
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    La mort no és cap joc de nens de Alan Bradley (47degreesnorth)
    47degreesnorth: No Holmes but younger more precocious heroine with a thirst to solve the case.
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    New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes de Martin Harry Greenberg (Othemts)
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    Mr. Churchill's Secretary de 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 de 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.
  10. 10
    Chalice de Robin McKinley (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: To continue a bit of the bee theme.
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    And Only to Deceive de Tasha Alexander (nessreader)
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    A Slight Trick of the Mind de Mitch Cullin (Othemts)
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    Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon de Larry Millett (Othemts)
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Not a bad story. But this Holmes isn't a natural progression from Doyle's Holmes. If he had been Holmes-like but not meant to be the original, I would have struggled less. This character doesn't fit in the Holmes-shaped place in my head. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
This story begins when orphaned, fifteen-year-old Mary Russell literally stumbles over Sherlock Holmes while she is out walking and reading. It narrates the growth of their friendship as she becomes his unofficial apprentice and grows into his partner.

Mary is very bright and intending to attend university to study both religion and chemistry. She is the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Christian father from California. She is an heiress currently under the guardianship of an aunt who dislikes her and is indifferent to her care. She finds a home where she is accepted, cared for, and loved with Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson.

This story talks about her early cases from discovering who stole the cashbox and some hams from a pub her farm manager's lady friend owns to the kidnapping of an American Senator's six-year-old daughter to attacks from a secret adversary who uses bombs and bullets to try to murder Sherlock and any of his friends.

I enjoyed this different view of Sherlock Holmes in his country retirement but who hasn't stopped all investigations. It was intriguing to see him through the eyes of a modern young woman who is his match in intellect though lacking his training and exeperience.

I loved the setting and time period. Mary and Sherlock's adventures take place in the shadow of World War I and see them traveling to the Holy Land to get away from their English villain and also solve a problem for Sherlock's brother Mycroft. The descriptions and Mary's reactions to her times in the Holy Land were very vivid.

Jenny Sterlin had a great voice for Mary but was somewhat too soprano to handle Sherlock as well despite the textual information that his voice was higher than the average male. However, she manages to do a very good job with the emotions and attitudes of the characters. The pacing was excellent and the mysteries compelling.

This was an excellent introduction to characters who have appeared in seventeen books now that CASTLE SHADE has been released. It is a wonderful series filled with great historical detail, actual historical figures, and mysteries surrounding them which enable Mary and Sherlock to shine. ( )
  kmartin802 | Apr 11, 2021 |
Enjoyed it, especially the first half - after that it went on a bit. Refreshing the way the author handles the emotional bit between the young student and old Sherlock Holmes, but that goes on a bit too. Shall probably read another in the series, but not many more.... ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
I first read The Beekeeper's Apprentice when it came out shortly after it came out in the 1990s, and remembered it appreciatively enough to give it another go when I found it in a Little Free Library. It's just as good as I remembered, rich and subtle and written in a style much closer to accessible literary fiction than to your typical mystery-thriller, with plenty of rewards for those who engage their imagination and read carefully enough to fill in details that, as often as not, aren't mentioned explicitly. I was especially impressed to see real psychological astuteness in scenes that involve survivors of childhood trauma. I have to assume that Ms. King is such a person herself; otherwise I can't imagine how she could know what she does about that particular psychic wounds that the violent loss of a parent, for example, can inflict.

Which is not to say that this book is in the least grim. On the contrary, its overall tone is one of seriousness leavened by ironic wit. In a very literary way, the novel takes its time developing the main character, Mary Russell, from a brilliant but naive 15-year-old full of bravado to a young woman of twenty who worked to develop and structure her wild intelligence; come to terms with with the challenges that arise when you're a female orphan in a world where only men can vote, make law, or move about in full independence; and arrive nonetheless in a place where she is confident traveling the world and dealing with any rough characters she may find. Her mentor-partner, Sherlock Holmes, is instrumental in this, but this isn't a Holmes novel: it's a Russell novel. Holmes fanatics must be satisfied with their hero's appearing on nearly every page--but as a supporting player.

I'm not a hundred percent convinced by King's portrayal of Holmes, but that's mainly because Conan Doyle's vivid conception of Holmes doesn't convincingly conjure him as a real, breathing, vulnerable human being, and King must make him one in order to tell her story right. If perfect fidelity is your goal and you won't see it compromised even to facilitate the creation of a completely new and arguably more fascinating character, stick to Doyle, and leave Laurie King's Mary Russell novels to those of us who love literature more than any single character. ( )
  john.cooper | Nov 16, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book. It's about Sherlock Holmes and original character Mary Russell solving crimes in the '20s. I think this book is a worthy successor to the originals. I'm not going to pretend it has an incredible amount of literary merit, but it was fantastic fun. I'm thinking about giving a copy to my sister.

Edit: I have been informed that Holmes marries Mary Russell in later books. I did not realize that, and got more of a mentorship vibe from this book. I have also seen criticism that Mary Russell is unrealistic. To that I will say 1: if you don't like it you don't like it and that's fine, but


2: Mary is supposed to be just as smart as Holmes. That is her role in the story. She is his mentee, and the one taking his craft to the next generation. So she excels in intellectual and criminological pursuits just like Holmes. She has abysmal social skills and drives away friends (yes, she is good with traumatized kids, but that is because of her background; she has a much harder time with adults). She has very little practical skills: she can't cook or do any of the work on her farm, and spends money recklessly (at one point she buys an entirely new wardrobe even though she is supposed to be sheltering in place, and the clothes get destroyed before she even has a chance to wear them). She is incredibly arrogant and judgemental, especially in her treatment of Watson (although since she is also the narrator I understand if this comes across more as textual criticism of Watson than Mary). And she has a bad habit of jumping to conclusions.

Again, there are many flaws and weaknesses in this book (I thought the vilian was especially weak), but I overall enjoyed the ride. ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
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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.
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