From New York Times bestselling author
Laurie R. King comes the book that introduced us to the ingenious Mary
Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries
In 1915 Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in
the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the
Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the
young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes—and
match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern
twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the
Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down an American
senator’s daughter who has been kidnapped and confront a truly cunning
adversary—a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at
nothing to end their partnership.
Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of
the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries is “wonderfully original and entertaining…absorbing
from beginning to end” (Booklist).
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