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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mary Russell Mysteries Release Date: January 1994 ISBN: 9781436151405
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “King has stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Remarkably beguiling.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A fascinating and often moving account of a friendship so unusual and so compelling that one almost accepts it as being historically real.”

    Denver Post

  • “Rousing…Riveting…Suspenseful.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice has power to charm the most grizzled Baker Street Irregular.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Enchanting…The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is real Laurie R. King, not faux Conan Doyle, and for my money, it’s better than the original.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Delightful and well-wrought…King 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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The story is well written in a style slightly reminiscent of Conan Doyle’s but is also very much King’s own…The characterizations are excellent and the times and places are skillfully evoked. Readers come to understand much of Holmes that was unexplained by Dr. Watson. These additions are entirely plausible, and the relationship between the great detective and his apprentice is delightful…Wartime Britain is accurately evoked, and the whole is a lot of fun to read. While a fitting addition to the Holmes oeuvre, the narrative is delightfully feminist. It is likely to please YAs already entranced by Sherlock Holmes and will surely attract a few new fans.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy…This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action. [Laurie King is] a writer to watch.”

    Library Journal

  • “A wonderfully original and entertaining story that is funny, heartwarming, and full of intrigue…Everything about this book rings true, from the ambience of World War I England to the intriguing relationship between Holmes and Mary to the surprising final confrontation…Holmes fans, history buffs, lovers of humor and adventure, and mystery devotees will all find King’s book absorbing from beginning to end.”


  • “[An] uncommonly rich Sherlockian pastiche…Miles above recent pastiches by Carole Nelson Douglas and Nicholas Meyer—a surpassingly ingenious companion to Sena Jeter Naslund’s Sherlock in Love.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee
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About the Author
Author Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.