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King, Laurie R.

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The gripping debut of the Kate Martinelli mystery series A Great Talent won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery, generating wide critical acclaim and moving Laurie R. King into the upper tier of the genre. Kate is a San Fancisco Homicide Detective. Other titles include To Play the Fool and With Child

In Beekeepers's Apprentice, Edgar Award-winning author Laurie R. King again proves her flair for tantalizing mystery in this first novel of an acclaimed series. Long since retired from his observations of criminal humanity, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. There he meets an intellect to match his own--a very modern 15-year-old girl whose mental acuity is equaled only by her audacity, tenacity, and unconventional taste for trousers and cloth caps. Under the master detective's sardonic instruction, Miss Mary Russell hones her talent for deduction, disguises, and danger.

Other titles in the series: A Letter of Mary, The Moor and A Monstrous Regiment of Women

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Katarina Rundgren - 04:35am Apr 17, 2001 PST(#36 of 46)
A stranger is a friend you have yet to meet

Ok I've done it. I've finally read "The Beekeeper's Apprentice". I'll concede that it is a very good book indeed, even if I am still huffing a bit about her stealing the Sherlock Holmes persona. But as Rik said previously, she's not trying to imitate Doyle's style, his characters were all (Holmes himself, Mycroft, Watson, even Mrs Hudson) given deeper dimensions in this book. If I have any objection it might be that this book was a bit fragmented almost, and it kept making references to events I suppose are covered in other books. I'll definitely keep reading this series though.

Something that I was wondering about is why she made Mary so young? I'm guessing it was so she'd still be a free spirit, eager to learn and yet pliable. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

russell doyle - 03:29pm Aug 23, 2001 PST(#37 of 46)

If anyone still comes here?.... Does anyone know anything about an upcoming Russell book?

Ila Jones - 03:19pm Oct 13, 2001 PST(#38 of 46)

It's called Justice Hall and it will come out I think in ?Feburary? of 2002.

russell doyle - 09:29pm Oct 28, 2001 PST(#39 of 46)

March, actually. I asked her.

russell doyle - 03:24pm Nov 1, 2001 PST(#40 of 46)

I just bought an advance reader's copy of Justice Hall, on EBay. I can't wait to read it.

PoisonGuy - 05:20am Apr 2, 2002 PST(#41 of 46)
I got my Nemesis pregnant!

I've recently read Night Shift and have to say it's probably one of the worst mystery reads I've had. Her prose is exceptional, maybe the best I've seen, but I ended up not liking any of her characters and it wasn't the lesbian stuff. It was probably too much reading between the lines about how these characters view men and the generic nature the discussions about men...and I couldn't get past this because it kept coming up and sounded more like as agenda than supportive of the story. (The roles are reversed you may say...possibly) Plus the actual mystery was terribly structured, poor and solve not by any investigative technique or effort but by luck.

It was the first Laure King and the last for me.

1 cyanide pill out of 5 on this one!

Nancy K. Jentsch - 10:09am Apr 15, 2002 PST(#42 of 46)

I just read Justice Hall and really enjoyed it. I liked the immersion in the post-war era and the juxtaposition of the aristocratic excesses and the awfulness of the war that had just ended. Those things actually interested me more than the mystery this time around!

Katt M. - 12:59pm Feb 24, 2004 PST(#43 of 46)

I did not care for "Justice Hall" at all. I loved the previous books tho. There was not enough of HOLMES in the last one! I hope with the new book, "The Game" that glitch will improve. I have it pre-ordered.

I agree, the Mary Russel character was too young to begin with, but maybe the "free spirit" idea is correct.

Katt M. - 09:01pm Jun 8, 2004 PST(#44 of 46)

Well, I have "The Game". It is sitting half read on my night stand. There it will stay until I can stand to finish it. Disappointing is the least I can say. Its a darn shame actually. The first couple of Mary Russell books were really top-notch. Not these. I wonder why no one else is posting. Lack of interest in the series I suppose. Don't blame you.

Charlene Robbins - 05:23am Nov 24, 2005 PST(#45 of 46)

I have to say when I first found "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" I couldn't finish reading it. It wasn't until sometime later when I read "The Moor" that I went back and read the whole series. I was hooked from then on. I've been an avid Holmes fan from my pre-teens and have read most of the other books about Holmes, but didn't enjoy them as much as these. I haven't seen when her next book is coming out.

mysterynerd13 - 08:09pm Aug 29, 2006 PST(#46 of 46)
the game's afoot!!

ive read all of the russell series multiple times. i think the reason i enjoy them so much is because i love the sherlock holmes books soooo much. its fun for me to see my holmes in a situation most would never imagine for him. i can understand why some readers would object to the stories, but i personally am a big fan!

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