The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Written by Laurie R. King
Review by Doug Kemp

This is the first book in Laurie R. King’s highly popular Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, relaunched by the publisher, along with a number of others in the series. It tells of how the young orphan Mary Russell literally stumbles across Holmes in 1915 on the Sussex Downs. He is impressed with her intelligence and poise and they forge a friendship which develops into a close working partnership, as they embark on a number of adventures and solve some mysteries – culminating in a very real threat to both of them, from an old enemy of many years ago. This series are bestselling books because Laurie R. King captures the voice and character of Holmes as well as any of the thousand and more pastiches that have been written in imitation of Conan Doyle. But this is more than a mere copy. The narrative, in the voice of a now old Mary, is completely absorbing and motivates the reader to want to read the rest of the series.