The Beekeeper's Apprentice
|The Beekeeper's Apprentice|
|Author||Laurie R. King|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Followed by||A Monstrous Regiment of Women|
The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the first book in the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. It was nominated for the Agatha best novel award and was deemed a Notable Young Adult book by the American Library Association.
In this novel, King presents the first meeting between fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, the young Jewish-American protagonist of King's series by that name, and Sherlock Holmes. Their meeting leads to a collaboration between the two, though this first novel focuses primarily on the detective training that Holmes gives to Russell. The series that this novel begins currently stands at thirteen novels, with the latest having been published in 2012.
After losing her family in a tragic motor accident, fifteen-year-old Mary Russell goes to live with her aunt. Wandering the Sussex Downs in April 1915, she comes across fifty-four-year-old Sherlock Holmes, who has retired from his London practice and keeps bees. They become friends, and Holmes trains Russell in detecting.
Feminist scholar Lillian Doherty calls The Beekeeper's Apprentice "vivid and highly entertaining", saying her strong identification with the character of Mary Russell produced a temporary enhancement of her own sense of competence.
- The Author, laurierking.com, retrieved January 22, 2009
- Doherty, Lillian (2001), "The Snares of the Odyssey: a Feminist Narratological Reading", in S. J. Harrison, Texts, Ideas, and the Classics: Scholarship, Theory, and Classical Literature, Oxford University Press, pp. 117–118, ISBN 0-19-924746-3, 9780199247462 Check
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