The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery)

By Laurie R. King

THE TWENTIETH-ANNIVERSARY version OF the 1st NOVEL OF THE ACCLAIMED MARY RUSSELL sequence via EDGAR AWARD–WINNING writer LAURIE R. KING.

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged within the research of honeybees in Sussex while a tender lady actually stumbles onto him at the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years previous, gawky, egotistical, and lately orphaned, the younger Mary Russell screens an mind to provoke even Sherlock Holmes. less than his reluctant tutelage, this very glossy, twentieth-century girl proves a deft protégée and a becoming associate for the Victorian detective. they're quickly referred to as to Wales to aid Scotland backyard locate the abducted daughter of an American senator, a case of foreign importance with clues that dip deep into Holmes's earlier. jam-packed with fantastic deduction, disguises, and chance, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the 1st e-book of the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is "remarkably beguiling" (The Boston Globe).

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AH, HOW FORGETFUL i'm IN MY outdated AGE. ” HE WENT OVER TO THE outdated LADY’S procuring BASKET AND DREW OUT A PARCEL THAT I instantly known AS MRS. HUDSON’S HANDIWORK. MY perspective LIGHTENED instantly. “WHAT A LIFE-GIVING shock. BLESS MRS. HUDSON. in spite of the fact that, i can't devour SITTING throughout FROM a filthy outdated lady WITH AN INSECT CRAWLING UP HER CHIN. AND in the event you depart FLEAS IN MY ROOMS, I SHAN’T FORGIVE YOU simply. ” “IT’S fresh DIRT,” HE guaranteed ME AND PEELED OFF THE grotesque MOLE. HE STOOD UP AND got rid of THE SKIRT AND unfastened OVERSHIRT, relocating STIFFLY, AND SAT DOWN back AS SHERLOCK HOLMES, kind of.

WHAT DO you are making OF THAT moment money, HOLMES? GUILT PANGS? ” “CLEANLINESS HAS AFFECTED YOUR mind, RUSSELL. sincerely THE homicide used to be PREMEDITATED. ” “YES, after all. the unique volume used to be WHAT have been deliberate FOR. yet in all likelihood now not by way of DICKSON. ” “MAKE A be aware, RUSSELL, to invite LESTRADE approximately DICKSON’S frame of mind on the TIME OF dying. ” “YOU ARE considering THAT it can were SUICIDE? IN trade FOR A check TO THE relatives? ” “WHATEVER it really is, IT provides an attractive aspect TO OUR FOE’S character.

HAD YOU BEEN at risk OF THAT i wouldn't HAVE GIVEN YOU BRANDY. even if, i will SEE THAT IT HAS MADE you're feeling higher, SO end COMBING OUT YOUR HAIR after which sit down IN a comfy CHAIR. we have now an extended dialog prior to US. AH, HOW FORGETFUL i'm IN MY outdated AGE. ” HE WENT OVER TO THE previous LADY’S purchasing BASKET AND DREW OUT A PARCEL THAT I instantly known AS MRS. HUDSON’S HANDIWORK. MY perspective LIGHTENED instantly. “WHAT A LIFE-GIVING shock. BLESS MRS. HUDSON. even if, i can't consume SITTING throughout FROM a grimy outdated lady WITH AN INSECT CRAWLING UP HER CHIN.

RUSSELL, WHAT have you ever stumbled on? ” “ONE BUTTON, WITH A SCRAP OF BROWN TWEED connected, reduce lately FROM ITS GARMENT by way of a pointy tool. one other THICK SMUDGE of sunshine BROWN CLAY. AND ONE BLONDE HAIR, no longer my very own, significantly SHORTER. PLUS loads of airborne dirt and dust AND RUBBED-ABOUT airborne dirt and dust AND DÉBRIS, INDICATING THAT THE CAB HAS no longer BEEN wiped clean IN your time. ” “IT HAS additionally no longer BEEN utilized in it slow, RUSSELL, SO YOUR 3 unearths ARE absolutely necessary OF OUR recognition. ” “AND YOU, HOLMES, WHAT have you ever chanced on?

HER VOICE, SWEEPING ME INTO stories OF HER DIM and splendid learn, THE COAL hearth, THE TEA SHE SERVED ME, the 2 events while SHE HAD GIVEN ME a tumbler OF infrequent DRY SHERRY TO ACCOMPANY HER infrequent, DRY phrases OF compliment: I HAD notion… I HAD suggestion I KNEW WHAT HER emotions in the direction of ME have been, and that i STOOD ahead of HER LIKE a toddler WHOSE cherished GODMOTHER HAS simply STABBED HER. “YOU DO appear like a couple OF DONKEYS,” SHE stated IN inflammation, AND IF HER FIRST phrases HAD LEFT ME surprised, HER quickly ailing HUMOUR JOLTED ME again INTO lifestyles, an automated reaction LEARNT EARLY by way of ALL OF HER scholars: while omit DONLEAVY SNAPS, ONE amassed ONE’S WITS WITH ALACRITY.

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