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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,524 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: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449808792
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In Laurie R. King’s latest Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mystery, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author delivers a thriller of ingenious surprises and unrelenting suspense—as the famous husband and wife sleuths are pursued by a killer immune from the sting of justice.

It began as a problem in one of Holmes’ beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended—or so they’d hoped—with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they’ve thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections.

Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. With Holmes’ young granddaughter in her safekeeping, Russell will have to call on instincts she didn’t know she had. But has the couple already made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them?

From hidden rooms in London shops and rustic forest cabins to rickety planes over Scotland and boats on the frozen North Sea, Russell and Holmes work their way back to each other while uncovering answers to a mystery that will take both of them to solve. A hermit with a mysterious past and a beautiful young female doctor with a secret, a cruelly scarred flyer and an obsessed man of the cloth, Holmes’ brother Mycroft and an Intelligence agent who knows too much: everyone Russell and Holmes meet could either speed their safe reunion or betray them to their enemies in this, the most complex, shocking, and deeply personal case of their career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The God of the Hive is mesmerizing—another wonderful novel etched by the hand of a master storyteller. No reader who opens this one will be disappointed.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “The Mary Russell series is the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today, and this is the best installment yet.”

    Lee Child

  • “Without a doubt, King is the master of Sherlockian authors.”

    Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

  • “A dazzling continuation of the adventures of the world’s most famous beekeeper and his equally daunting ‘apprentice,’ The God of the Hive will astonish and delight even the most seasoned of Holmes’ devotees.”

    Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The writing of new Holmes stories is a thriving cottage industry within the mystery-fiction genre, but King’s series stands out for several reasons. Her storytelling is robust, confident and lightly sprinkled with grace notes reflecting the author’s background in theology. Her characters, major and minor alike, are always vivid. Moreover, the partnership between Holmes and Russell is satisfying, intelligent, and affectionate. And then there’s King’s ability to merge two-fisted action with scenes of tenderness.”

    Seattle Times

  • “All it takes is the very first page of the newest installment in Laurie R. King’s brilliant series and you’re gone…disappearing into an artfully crafted, creative, and craft world…This is historical suspense at its best, rich with atmosphere, mystery, psychological insight, and complex, fascinating characters. But it’s not just the plot of Russell’s world, or how she matches wits with Holmes that makes King’s books such standouts, it’s how she brings heart and soul to great detective novels.”

    M. J. Rose, author of The Hypnotist

  • “Those who enjoyed the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey, Jr., may appreciate bestseller King’s heavy-on-action, light-on-deduction tenth novel featuring Mary Russell and her much older husband, Conan Doyle’s iconic detective…Cliffhanging situations abound.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Using short chapters and wielding her virtual pen like a burnished sword, King allows readers to race through this gloriously complex second half of last year’s Language of Bees…How Mary, Holmes, and Mycroft solve [their] conundrum—usually while separated from one another—is delineated in resplendent prose. The nascent and rocky development of air travel and international telephone lines; the effect of a winsome and intelligent child on perhaps overintellectual adults; descriptions of locales and places via scent, texture, and color—all of it makes for utterly absorbing reading.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/17/2014

    " A nice fun book to read. Nothing heavy here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beryl | 2/9/2014

    " Great sequel to The Language of Bees, and you really need to read them together for this one to make sense. Again the flavor of the original Sherlock Holmes canon is perfect. A fun read. I look forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/28/2014

    " I'm thoroughly enjoying Ms. King's work and this book does not disappoint. Russell and Holmes are on the run with Holmes' son Damian Adler and his granddaugher Estelle, trying to prove their innocence all the while avoiding capture from Scotland Yard and an all-too-shadowy Other Force. The aging Mycroft Holmes, a sure relic of the Victorian Age in post-War Britain, is central to the plot. The writing can get a little confusing at times, as it attempts to weave at least four, sometimes five, separate narratives together into one uber-story, but the confusion does settle down once you get into the swing of things, so to speak. Of all the post-Doyle "non-canon" Holmes writers out there, Laurie King does an admirable job of giving us the further adventures of Sherlock Holmes and this volume of her work is indicative of the author's love of the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Bond | 1/28/2014

    " This book lived up to expectations, I am a huge Laurie R. King fan! It got a little wordy toward the end, as characters tried to explain the mystery to one another, but it was never boring, and I read it in two days, could not put it down! I especially appreciate King's use of creative and unusual words throughout her novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 1/26/2014

    " Excellent tale as always! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kassie | 1/21/2014

    " I really enjoy this series. The author does a great job of keeping the character of Sherlock Holmes similar to the original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 1/20/2014

    " I thought the previous part of this, The Language of Bees, was rather slow and clunky - this was the bit where the story having been slowly wound up, it finally starts moving, and was far more gripping "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/13/2014

    " Good continuance of The Language of Bees. Kept my interest completely and I am looking forward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyma | 1/7/2014

    " Laurie King added it: right after language of bees "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Ann Meyer | 12/26/2013

    " Wow! Darker than some if the previous in the series! Surprising in many ways. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candy | 12/19/2013

    " I just realized why it took me a while to understand what was going on ... I missed the book right before this one (Language of Bees). Even so, I still enjoyed it. Mary Russell is back to form, and King's Holmes (both Mycroft and Sherlock) are spot on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/10/2013

    " Laurie King excells in bringing new characters into the novels to interact with Holmes and Russell. She develops their characters until they too become old friends and add to the suspense and mystery. This time we get to know Mycroft Holmes much better and watch a threatening conspiracy develop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E Goldberg | 12/6/2013

    " good writing but drifting away from the mystery genre. Very much into suspense and angst. Not my cuppa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 9/13/2013

    " How I love a book whose every twist or nuance of plot is not easily predictable, yet familiar enough to be comfortable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 8/12/2013

    " Not my favorite of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnne | 7/24/2013

    " One if the best of the Mary Russell series, in my opinion. It is part two of the previous book. I read them one right after another but i agree with another reviewer that f I hadn't, it would not have been as enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loveeac | 5/26/2013

    " Continuation of the last book. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Ormsby | 2/27/2013

    " This is such a wonderful, smart mystery series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merry | 6/27/2012

    " As always, a great read. Interesting new characters and plot twists. And of course it left me wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TeresaFL | 6/4/2012

    " The continuation of The Language of Bees this book was everything I anticipated it would be. If I write any more I'll give too much away, but like all Laurie King's books I found this one to be well paced and full of all the twists and turns a good Holmes mystery should have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mkotch | 6/3/2012

    " Very satisfying sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zigforas | 5/20/2012

    " I sought entertainment, and I was entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Slaugh | 10/30/2011

    " It's such a pity that the Green Man had to die. He was definitely my favorite character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Freeman | 9/15/2011

    " Much as I like this series, this was one of my least favorites. I thi8nk because the two main characters spend so much of the time apart. There is a focus on action - and it certainly keeps moving - but I remembered a more thoughtful pace in earlier volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 7/9/2011

    " I should have checked this book out sooner since it is a continuation of the previous book in the series. I was a bit lost through the first disc, but then my memory was jogged enough to be able to get it. The characters are interesting and there are plot twists. I liked it quite well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ea | 7/7/2011

    " I love this series. It's consistently enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/24/2011

    " Love Jenny Sterlin's narration. The Mary Russell books are my least favorite of Laurie R King's . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kassie | 5/16/2011

    " I really enjoy this series. The author does a great job of keeping the character of Sherlock Holmes similar to the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 5/2/2011

    " Just wonderful. The flavors found in the scenery and characterization is delicious! Can't wait for the next in the series to come out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimkg | 4/10/2011

    " Love the Mary Russell mysteries! The only bad thing about this book is that it's the last in her Mary Russell series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/4/2011

    " Very Clever and engaging! A great new find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/2/2011

    " The best Holmes and Russel novel yet. King is brilliant! Left me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 3/12/2011

    " Not my favorite in the series, but still thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 2/22/2011

    " Very good. I've read them out of order but enjoyed it. Good story line and I like the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margery | 2/19/2011

    " Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes series "

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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.