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Jennifer said:
I loved this book! It is an excellent Sherlock Holmes story with a young female character, Mary Russell, that is full of excitement.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Author Laurie R. King’s richly detailed, character-driven, literary mysteries are based on another classic series: the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. In the first novel, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, King focuses on a new protagonist, a gawky fifteen-year-old orphan girl who literally trips over the legendary detective one day in 1915 while he’s studying bees and her nose is buried in a book. The unlikely duo forges an unbreakable bond; the bookish girl, Mary Russell, proves the ideal intellectual match for the supposedly retired Holmes and eventually becomes his partner in detection and deduction. The second book in the series, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, features an all-grown-up Russell forging an identity of her own as a theology scholar at Oxford in 1921. Russell meets a charismatic religious mystic named Margery Childe and is both attracted to Margery’s distinct brand of feminism and skeptical of her church’s true purpose—especially when the deaths of several wealthy young women are linked to Margery’s “New Temple of God.” It is Russell’s wit and intelligence that drives the story, though Holmes’ strong presence is always in the background. And the only thing more intriguing than the mystery’s solution is the evolving relationship between the great detective and his former apprentice—not to mention the vim and vigor of King’s writing. And there’s more where that came from. Holmes and Russell solve eight more mysteries together, with a new book due in April 2010.
posted Mar 26, 2010 at 10:27PM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
This is the second book of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mystery series. I liked this one much better then the first one, as it was better organized and the plot not so mixed up. The characters were better as well, and I would highly recogmend it.
posted Oct 27, 2011 at 9:48AM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
This is the second book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed it immensely and plan to buy the entire ceries. It is certainly worth taking a week out of your busy schedule to read it.
posted Nov 1, 2011 at 11:35AM
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