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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen | Laurie R. King
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes, a perfect man of the Victorian age--pompous, smug, and misogynistic--were to come face to face with a twentieth-century female? If she grew to be a partner worthy of his great talents? Laurie R. King, whose very different first novel, A Grave Talent (SMP, 1993), drew rave reviews, read the Conan Doyle stories and wondered about such an imaginary encounter. And following through, she has written The Beekeeper's Apprentice. 1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian "flaws" listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen-year-old woman. So, at first informally, then consciously, he takes Mary Russell as his apprentice. They work on a few small local cases, then on a larger and more urgent investigation, which ends successfully. All the time, Mary is developing as a detective in her own right, with the benefit of the knowledge and experience of her mentor and, increasingly, friend. And then the sky opens on them, and they find themselves the targets of a slippery, murderous, and apparently all-knowing adversary. Together they devise a plan to trap their enemy--a plan that may save their lives but may also kill off their relationship. This is not a "Sherlock Holmes" story. It is the story of a modern young woman who comes to know and work with Holmes, the story of young woman coming to terms with herself and with this older man who embodies the age that is past.
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EadieB
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1st book of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. Holmes is a retired beekeeper and meets Mary who is 15 years old. She becomes his female apprentice and partner. Her intelligence is a good match for his. Their 1st case is the kidnapping of a US Senator‘s daughter. Laurie King‘s writing is engrossing. Humorous in parts with lots of twists and turns. Looking forward to book 2 and highly recommend this series to Sherlock Holmes‘ fans!

SheilaChew I loved this book! Thanks for the reminder! 2w
Librarybelle I read this one a few years ago. I liked it, and this is a good reminder I need to continue the series! 2w
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EadieB @Librarybelle I want to continue too since I own a lot of the books! 2w
DaveGreen7777 I really enjoyed this book, too! 😀 2w
AmyRebecca Neat cover design! 2w
EadieB @AmyRebecca I agree! Very unique! 2w
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Laughterhp
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Day 2 - #covercrush #7days7covers

I need to read more books in this series!

Tagging @phatsallylee in case you want to join in!

Post a book cover you love each day for 7 days. No explanation needed. Tag someone new each day.

Catsandbooks 🐝💕 4w
revenge4porgy Love this book 4w
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JoyBlue
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Bailedbailed

Bailing at 16%. Too much Mary. Not enough mystery.

CarolynM A friend of mine is a big fan of this book ( of the whole series, actually). I tried to read it once, but like you I bailed early. I will try again one day. 2mo
sprainedbrain I wasn‘t impressed with this book either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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ctboeheim
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Young Mary Russell runs into the retired Sherlock Holmes on the downs of Sussex and proves to be as acerbic and sharp-eyed as the old master. They strike up a friendship that grows over time, as Sherlock gradually begins allowing Mary to assist in his cases. This Sherlock is a touch more human than Doyle's; perhaps it's the times, perhaps it's the narrator. But this is Mary Russell's story, and she's a good choice to carry on the tradition.

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catebutler
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I‘ve had flowers & bees on the mind, maybe because of the verdant beauty that‘s been rampant this month. I stumbled across these purple blooms Veronica spicata (Spiked Speedwell) at Trader Joe‘s the other day - they made me think of fuzzy bumblebees and meadows scattered with wildflowers. This whimsical daydream led to an attempt to watercolor one of my favorite creatures, the honey bee. 🐝

Abailliekaras Lovely photo! 😍 5mo
catebutler @Abailliekaras Thanks Anna! 🧡 5mo
mabell Wow your watercolor is lovely! 😳😍 5mo
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catebutler @mabell Thank you, Elizabeth! 🥰 5mo
Crazeedi I love The speedwell, it grows here. Beautiful photo! 5mo
Tamra That is sweet! 5mo
catebutler @Crazeedi It is such a beautiful flower, I especially love them in a cut bouquet. So so pretty! 5mo
catebutler @Tamra Thank you! ☺️ 5mo
BookNAround You painted that bee? You‘re very talented. 5mo
catebutler @BookNAround I did! And thank you so much, you‘re very kind! 💓 5mo
Tanisha_A Love the picture, and the painting! 😍 5mo
LeahBergen That‘s so beautiful!! 😮😮😮 5mo
catebutler @Tanisha_A Thank you!! 💜 5mo
catebutler @LeahBergen You are so kind, thank you! 🥰 5mo
BiblioLitten Oh my!! 😍😍 5mo
catebutler @BiblioLitten Thanks Archana! 💓 5mo
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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Really enjoying this audiobook! I‘m excited to read more in this series because Mary is cool!

revenge4porgy Loving this reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes 🕵️‍♀️ 5mo
KtheBookwyrm That cover 😍 5mo
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AbbaZabba02
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Book 33 of the year, finished April 29, audio

I really enjoyed this. I like the original Holmes stories and this has the feel of it, King worked in many of the less well known characters from the series and captured the feel of the original stories while expanding on them.

Im a little disappointed that there's a 10 week wait on overdrive for the 2nd in the series.

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craftysilicate
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I read this book once, many years ago, and remember enjoying it but not a lot of details. Now I'm reading it for a class. I guess we'll see how it holds up!

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DaveGreen7777
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Thank you @Eggs for this #WondrousWednesday! 😊
1. I‘m currently developing an urban fantasy story about social workers for paranormal beings, so I daydream a lot about story details.
2. Accountant for a skilled nursing facility. 🤓
3. Took a break from “The Path of Daggers” but plan to go back to it.
4. Tagged!
5. I‘m tagging these wonderful Littens @bewareofwords @stacybmartin @Linear @KrystleTheBookSlayer @RvnclawWhovian @Meaw_catlady

cobwebmoth Your story sounds awesome! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww, thank you so much, @cobwebmoth 😀 6mo
Meaw_catlady Thanks for the tag! 🤗 Also I am super intrigued by your story idea!! 🧛🏻‍♂️🧟‍♀️ 6mo
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DaveGreen7777 Thank you, @Meaw_catlady I appreciate the kind words! 😊 6mo
tammysue Sounds like it‘s going to be an amazing story! 🖤 6mo
Eggs @DaveGreen7777 Thank YOU for your joie de vivre 🤗🤗🎈 6mo
DaveGreen7777 @whatshesreadingnow Thank you! 😊😊😊 6mo
DaveGreen7777 @Eggs I love your Wondrous Wednesdays! 😁 6mo
RvnclawWhovian Thanks for the tag! That urban fantasy sounds fascinating 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much, @RvnclawWhovian You‘re very kind! 😊 6mo
bewareofwords Thank you for the tag!! Your story sounds so cool 👍🏽 6mo
DaveGreen7777 You‘re very welcome, @bewareofwords And thank you for the kind words! 😊 6mo
Linear Ooh! I have been chosen!!! Thanks! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Happy to help, @Linear 😀 6mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer Thanks for the tag! I love your story idea! 💜❤💚 6mo
Suet624 What??? #1 is awesome!!! Social workers in my family would love to read that!!! 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww, thank you so much, @Suet624 I really appreciate that! 😊😊😊 6mo
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Readaholics
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Sherlock Holmes partners with a young lady ( his neighbor in Surrey) and together they solve mysteries. I like her strong willed and confident narration and there are great references to his previous cases. The first in the Mary Russell series.

BookHoarder32 I love this series! 7mo
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RealLifeReading
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I started this series some years ago but stopped after the third book. Why? I‘m not sure. There are 15 books in the Mary Russell series and I hope to make it past the third book this time. Starting again at the first book is just lovely. King is a great writer and she‘s created a feisty character in Mary Russell. And of course there‘s Sherlock Holmes and I love how King has developed his character.

wordzie 😎 8mo
Sarah83 15????? In German I think I saw six books... 🤔 I just need to have a look... Loving Sherlock 🤩😍 8mo
RealLifeReading Forgot to add that this is my #femaledetective pick for #booked2019. I did previously attempt a different book but never really got past the first few pages 8mo
catebutler I love this series! I stopped around book five, so I have some catching up to do as well. 8mo
StephanieMarie I've been reading this series! I didn't love book 4 or 5 as much as the first 3, but I just finished #6 and it was great! 8mo
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BarbaraJean
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I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery, in which teenage Mary Russell teams up with a “retired” Sherlock Holmes. I‘m more familiar with the myriad Sherlock adaptations & permutations than with the original—so any variations from the original characters didn‘t really bother me. Mary‘s POV is effective, and though she‘s a bit too good at everything, she‘s likable and a good foil to this version of Sherlock. I‘ll definitely pick up others in this series!

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Deborah42
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Mehso-so

Mary Russell becomes an apprentice to Sherlock Holmes and the pair soon become embroiled in a twisty mystery. I liked Mary‘s brains and feistiness, though she was too perfect to be believable. And Holmes. Well, he was more likable and less perceptive in this retelling and not much like the character we know. The author does to him what Meyer did to vampires—she made him sparkly and without much bite.

A well-written mystery that wasn‘t my jam.

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mountainsandlace
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Happy birthday @gradcat ! My favorite mystery book/series is the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King, and my favorite drink recipe is probably some good hot apple cider with a dash of spiced rum 🥳

gradcat Thanks very much for entering!! 10mo
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BarbaraJean
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What does it say about me that upon reading this, before my eyes moved on to the beginning of the next line, my brain completed the sentence with “in the sheets”? ?

I‘m curled up by the Christmas tree, wearing my new reading socks and indulging in some belated Jólabókaflód goodness. We had a great day with family today and a gorgeous Christmas Eve service last night—at 11 p.m. So I‘m looking forward to an early night! Merry Christmas, Littens!!

kmartissexy 😂 Merry Christmas! 🎄 10mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 10mo
Freespirit Merry Christmas 📚📓🎄 10mo
LiteraryinLititz Ha! I could totally see that. 10mo
Amandajoy That‘s what I thought too 🙃 10mo
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BarbaraJean
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This has been a lousy week. Really, really lousy. So this is how I‘m closing out my Saturday: book, bath, wine, chocolate. Maybe it‘s a total cliche, but I don‘t care! Imma read my book and get my bath on, and dangit, next week will be better.

DarcysMom Looks lovely and relaxing. I hope it helps you on your way to a better week. ❤❤ 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I love your attitude! It will be better. Enjoy your bath. 🖤 10mo
QuietlyLaura Have a relaxing, stress-relieving bath and let the worries of this last week disolve down the drain! 💕 10mo
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TiredLibrarian I feel stress melting away just by looking at this 🍫🍷🛁💕 10mo
LeahBergen A perfect setup! 10mo
mreads Nice!😁 10mo
Johanna414 It‘s cliche for a reason - so relaxing! I loved that series 10mo
BarbaraJean @DarcysMom @Ashley_Nicoletto @QuietlyLaura Thank you so much! 💜 It helped a little! I‘m planning some more intentional self-care today. 😊 10mo
BarbaraJean @TiredLibrarian @LeahBergen @mreads This bath shelf is pretty much the best thing ever. 😁 @Johanna414 I‘m really enjoying it! Lots of fun so far. 10mo
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Jschultzems
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(Disclaimer - I listened to the audio) This is a fantastic story of an aging Sherlock Holmes and his young partner. The story flows quickly and the author has a fantastic way of creating visual imagery. I found myself laughing aloud often and will certainly read this again!

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umbrellagirl
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Just starting this one from my super #sss @slightlyfoxed 💙

How did I know know about this series?!?!

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Tove_Reads
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Who was into Sherlock retelling? I remember someone suggesting it for subject of the month. Just got this one. According to Lee Child this is a great series.

DGRachel I love this series. I still have the last one to read! Thanks for reminding me! 10mo
Tove_Reads @DGRachel How many are there? 10mo
thea-block I love this series! Just finished book 4 myself. Hope you enjoy! ♥️ 10mo
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zsuzsanna_reads I liked the first few books but sadly found that the main character (Mary) was getting more and more unlikeable. 10mo
nu-bibliophile Been on my bookshelves forrrreeever, I gotta start that soon. 10mo
CSeydel I agree with @zsuzsanna_reads - I enjoyed the first few, but lost interest sooner than I‘d hoped, given the potential. 10mo
DGRachel There are currently 15. There were a few in the middle that I didn‘t love, but #14 was my absolute favorite, so I really think it‘s worth sticking with the series. 10mo
CarolynM A friend of mine who usually has great taste loves this series but I've never been able to get in to it. Maybe I need to try harder. 10mo
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Lea
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I really enjoyed this book. The narration was very quiet but I enjoyed it overall. The older Sherlock and the young lady he meets by happenstance are a great pair. There adventures are fun and interesting. #readwomen

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Kryckett
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I have not been able to get into the last three books I started, and ended up putting them back on the TBR pile. Here‘s hoping this old favorite yanks me out of my slump!

Nute Sometimes a revisit with a favorite book or favorites author or switching mediums (listening to an audiobook instead of reading a book) are the only remedies. Be patient with yourself...it will pass.💜 13mo
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theresidentromantic
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I love my #myfavoritethingsswap!!!! I'm OBSESSED with this notebook, it's my new absolute favorite thing, I haven't stopped making squeaking noises about it! Thank you so much @Booksnchill I love all of it and I'm so excited to try this bread!!

Booksnchill So glad you enjoyed the box- squeel away! 13mo
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Autumnscribe
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This really appealed to the awkward (Sherlock Holmes obsessed) teenager in me. It was wonderful to see the awkward intelligent girl as the main character rather than relegated to the static role of best friend or resident know-it-all. As for a world reimagined in which Holmes is real, and slightly put out about how he has been represented, well I loved every minute of it. A quick read filled with the drama & excitement expected in a Holmes story.

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Macnjen
Pickpick

Great narration, great story!

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MaGoose
Mehso-so

Read this book once years ago and recently listened to the audio version. I wasn't thrilled with the narratoèr.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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wallacereads
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I met my husband for some Poke Bowls and book browsing so pretty much a prefect evening.

mrozzz 👌🏻😊 1y
DivineDiana Perfect! 1y
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cj82487
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Was a slow reading month for me I felt but only because I've been preoccupied with projects around the house. But, on the last day of March I managed to finish my 4th book and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. Oh, and Happy Easter everyone!

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ElenaBaer
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I‘ve been reading Agatha Christie so this might be a good next choice.

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cj82487
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This has been surprisingly good. I was a little worried that I have had too much of Sherlock but I like seeing him through Mary's eyes. It has been a nice up & down rollercoaster too that has me reading huge chunks at a time, so I have to make sure this is a book I pick up when I have nothing to distract me. 😁

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SpiderGoddess
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Trying to decide if this is the next book I read.... our if I should read all of Sherlock Holmes' tales before reading this...... Anyone? Thoughts/opinions appreciated....

Sharpeipup I enjoyed that one! I think it‘s a good stand alone so you can read it without knowing his canon. 2y
SpiderGoddess Thanks, @Sharpeipup .... I was planning to read this.... then go back to the classics. 2y
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alli_spin
Bailedbailed

This just wasn‘t doing it for me. Solid writing, punchy dialogue, and true to the spirit of Holmes in my mind. It just didn‘t get me excited. I was hoping for a deeper and more nuanced character in Mary. Maybe another time? 90 pages in.

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alli_spin
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Loving this cover 😍🐝

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Centique
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For the first half of this book I struggled to connect with the main character and to enjoy her relationship with Holmes. It had a fanfic feel to my mind (which isn‘t a bad thing, I just might be more of a Sherlock purist) I almost bailed but I‘m glad I continued, once the main mystery got going it was very enjoyable. So thumbs up for plot, character relationship so-so for me.

tournevis Go see the movie, Mr. Holmes, which is from Holmes' the kid's point of view, and is marvelous. And it is fanfic. No doubt about it. 2y
Centique @tournevis I will! I think it was only the relationship that didn‘t gel for me. 2y
tournevis @Centique The relationship btw Holmes and his housekeeper is understated in the movie 2y
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DGRachel I love this series. 😊 2y
Centique @DGRachel I‘m sure I‘ll read some more 😀 2y
Jeg I find her other series better but don‘t think she has written one of those for a while. This series must have proved more popular. My partner reads these. When she first started out I wrote to her. Back in snail mail only days! She was the first author to write back to me. 😊 . Her letter is a treasured possession. 2y
Centique @Jeg aww that‘s so sweet! I just looked up how many there are in this series and it‘s WAY more than I imagined. I would probably enjoy the rest, but it might be a while, I have so many mystery authors yet to try on my TBR! 2y
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Amie
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Mehso-so

I don't think the audio did the story any favors, except that I probably would have bailed had I been reading it in print because the story really dragged. Besides that, I really didn't like the relationship between Holmes and Mary and some other aspects of the story. I will not be reading the rest of the series.

Mommamanzi I've had it on my shelf for forever it seems like and yet I can never bring myself to open it up. 2y
DGRachel I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it. I love this series. 2y
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DrJAdMerricksson
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Okay, I have to admit, I was more than a little skeptical about the premise of this book when I first read it. It went against everything I thought I knew about Sherlock, his nature and his personality. It was good I didn‘t judge this book by its back cover blurb or I would have missed the beginning of a series I have quite fallen in love with! Looking forward to the next in the series, and in seeing how the character interactions develop.

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eastbaykate
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I am really enjoying this book. I rather like the older version of Sherlock. Wish there was a bit more time in my day to read more. This serene scene lasted about 20 seconds before the hooligans caused havoc. #schoolalmostbackinsession 😊

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Read4life
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Finished this audiobook driving to our spur of the moment mother/daughter beach vacation. 🎧
At times my attention wondered so I'm happy the next 3 books in the series I have as a print books. 📚
Overall I enjoyed the story and King's writing. 🤓

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Avanders
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Okay, here's a literary day 5 of #sizzlinsummerbooks - #bugs. ☺️ @Tiffy_Reads

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irregularreader
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Got this book second-hand and find out it's signed! #winning

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PlantyLibrarian

When the time came, I chose two main areas of study to read at Oxford: chemistry and theology, the workings of the physical universe, and the deepest stuff of the human mind.

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PlantyLibrarian
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In those first weeks of spring I was like some tropical seed upon which was poured water and warmth.

Read4life Just started this. 🤓 2y
PlantyLibrarian It's so good. So well written! 2y
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PlantyLibrarian
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One came hither, to the school of the bees, to be taught the preoccupations of all powerful nature… and the lesson of ardent and disinterested work; and another lesson too… to enjoy the almost unspeakable delights of those immaculate days that revolved on themselves in the fields of space forming merely a transparent globe, as void of memory as the happiness without alloy. - Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

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DrJAdMerricksson
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#whodunitwednesday Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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Bklover
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#aprilbookshowers #masked. I can't find a single book that I own with a mask; I did, however, find this first in a mystery series featuring Sherlock Holmes and partner Mary Russell. Sherlock is retired and keeps bees, which requires a Mask!!!! Aha!!

DGRachel I love this series! 2y
LauraBrook This is a fantastic series! I've only read the first two, though, so maybe I should pick up the next one soon? 2y
RealLifeReading I love Laurie R King's books! 2y
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Sarah83 great idea 😍 2y
RealBooks4ever Good job! It works! 🐝🐝🐝 2y
Bklover @LauraBrook Me too! Need to read the third one! 2y
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Leelee08
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I've had a rotten day and the only thing I could think to remedy that was the library. Gotta love a good library haul!📚📚📚

Sace I really enjoyed The Beekeeper's Apprentice. I hope you do too. 😊 3y
Leelee08 @Sace I've heard good things about it. I can't wait to start it!😁 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes! 🐝 great stack! 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag A family friend turned me onto Laurie R King when I was quite young (I think she was worried about my all baby sitters club reading diet and tried to add some diversity 😂) beekeepers apprentice was brilliant! 🐝🐝🐝 she's got a few excellent standalones too 3y
JenP Hope your day gets better 3y
Leelee08 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Aww I loved The Baby-Sitters Club books!😍 3y
Leelee08 @JenP Thank you very much! I'm hoping it does.😘 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 You are smart!! What a perfect antidote to a bad day!! You're day just got dramatically better!!🌻 3y
Leelee08 @JanuarieTimewalker13 Books always make my day better!📚😍 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Leelee08 Me too!! And so do animals!! 🦋🐸🦉🐈🐕🐂🐖🐢🐳🐝 3y
lynneamch Only read Voracious and Lillian so far. Loved both. 💖💖 3y
Leelee08 @lynneamch 😊😊😊 3y
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RealLifeReading
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#feistyfeb day 17: #fanfic #homage
It took me a while to think about a suitable book as I don't read fanfic. But I do adore this series that stars Mary Russell, whose mentor just so happens to be beekeeper extraordinaire, Sherlock Holmes!

mjdowens This is one of my favorite series. I think I am short of owning just two books of the entire series. 3y
QuietBookReader In love with this series. My book club loves it, too. If you are ever interested in a re-read, the audible version is great. 👍 Hmm, but maybe that is how u read them the first time? However they are consumed, they are grrrreat!!! 🤓 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my TBR. Somewhere. 3y
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RealLifeReading @mjdowens I don't own any of them but really ought to!! 3y
RealLifeReading @TheBookDiver actually I've only read the first 4 books. Not sure why I stopped! I really need to go restart it from the beginning. They are such fun to read. 3y
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perfectlywinged
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Panpan

Solid prose, tense mystery, and good writing and I liked the idea of a female companion for Sherlock Holmes but she was an annoyingly perfect Mary Sue character for me. Mary Russell's only redeeming attribute for me is that she loves a ripe Stilton cheese.

zsuzsanna_reads I think the series improves with later books. This one felt too much like it was setting up the later books. 3y
perfectlywinged @zsuzsanna_reads that is what my friend said! It did seem like this was pretty quick in pairing them as a detective team to set up longer mysteries in other books. 3y
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