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by Laurie R. KING

"What would happen if Sherlock Holmes, a typical Victorian man, came face to face with a twentieth-century female? And what if she grew to be a partner worthy of his legendary talents?"
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ISBN: 0002326094
ISBN13: 978-0002326094
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Laurie R. KING
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition edition (1996)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1685 kb
FB2 size: 1182 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 468
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Written as though people with excellent vocabularies will read it, this book was really a gem in a sea of drek these days. This woman has a handle on the language, and though it gets wordy at time, it is only just leaning on the edge of wordy, not full tilt into wordy. I was most reluctant to read anything which profits from another authors earlier writings, as this does from Arthur Conan Doyle, but I have a friend who kept mentioning this series, so I took the plunge. Glad I did. The characters are believable, fascinating and humorous, and the plot is intertwined enough to give a real run for your money. I would recommend this to those who like Sherlock Holmes, even those who do not suffer knock-offs gladly. :)
Laurie King takes on the business of extending the Sherlock Holmes canon in an intriguing way. Rather than simply replace Watson with a new foil for Holmes, she makes Holmes' new partner an associate, an apprentice he teaches with the goal of following in his footsteps. As you would expect, Holmes finds this difficult to reconcile with his lifetime of solitary pursuits, but King's choice of this arrangement is abundantly rewarded by making this story more than a simple extrapolation of Doyle.

Now in his declining years, Holmes lives in the country in a semi-retired state. His mind is as active as ever and he does take on the occasional case. Perhaps he has been watching for an appropriate candidate for an apprentice, but Mary Russell crosses his path and she proves worthy. Over time she earns and negotiates a position as his equal. In this respect, King's Holmes is new, different, and refreshing. He must accept Russell, and the vulnerability that implies, but he clearly values the companionship of someone so capable. He may also be securing his legacy by ensuring someone can fill his void after he is gone.

The result is the best of both worlds for the Holmes enthusiast: the familiar that you value from Doyle, plus this novel has something new to say about Holmes.
I could physically feel my vocabulary growing as I read this book. I'm a sucker for a book that makes you feel smarter by the end of it, for a book that encourages your mind to expand and to raise you higher than you were before. Although at a glance, The Beekeeper's Apprentice is another in a long list of Sherlock inspired literature, I found King's style of writing absolutely captivating and definitely worth the read.

What I loved most about this book is that (it would seem) Sherlock has finally found his match - in a young 15 year old girl of all people. And rather than dumb everything down, King treats the reader as if they are also on their level, keeping everything highly intellectual, though somehow personal, relateable and human. A great story, with some classic Sherlockian reveals. I loved every minute of reading this and would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are already fond of all things Sherlock.

p.s. SQUEAKY clean. Nothing to worry about.
What a relief! To finally find a well written mystery in the same vein as the greats but with a fresh more contemporary feel. The author has given us an inventive story full of twists and turns and never a dull moment. At the same time we are introduced to the depths of Mary Russell- a woman ahead of her time but not rash and brash as she could be-what with our current preoccupation with "girl heroes". Sherlock's brilliance is matched by hers as she develops her craft. It is a truly engrossing read- cant wait to read the next one!"
I have read Sherlock Holmes since I was seven years old. I got to play at being Sherlock in my medical practice, as I went through the evidence on each patient that might allow me to arrive at an obscure diagnosis in a particular patient. He made me a better physician by pointing out the true value of getting an accurate history of the disease's (or diseases') progression
In viewing A Slight Trick of the Mind in the theater, i saw that Holmes, like myself, had grown old - a sad thing to watch. However Laurie King's novels concerning her and Holmes are delightful to read. She writes well; furthermore, if she continues her series, I will be able to read about my beloved Holmes and his tricks until I leave this earth.
Retired Sherlock Holmes, clearly a bit off his peak in his country retirement, contends with two Queen Bees, a young prodigy who piques his interest by her close observations and deductive ability, and an older and much colder presence, playing a long game of revenge. The former he takes as an apprentice, the latter he contends with mostly in futile parries and feints, always several steps behind. In the end, he surrenders his fate to his younger assistant, who makes all the critical breakthroughs in the case. Along the way, the tale unwinds in several surprising and needlessly distracting foreign excursions. The novel is most unkind in its appraisals of Holmes former companion, Watson, who is reduced to a doddering imbecile, as if there exists a zero-sum-game for the respect and regard of Holmes between Watson and Russell.