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REVIEW! The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
This is the first in a series about Mary Russell. Mary Russell, an orphan, meets Sherlock Holmes in her teen years while he observing bees. He has aged quite a bit at this point so it takes place after the stories we already know of Sherlock Holmes via Watson. Mary Russell becomes Holmes’ apprentice and together they work on various crime related puzzles. The feel of the book is very similar to Sherlock Holmes and I appreciated that because it made it fit into the timeline well. This book as very feminist themes throughout and Mr. Holmes stands up for Russell’s brains more than once. Mrs. Hudson even becomes a mother figure to Mary, teaching her many things. Mary says that “She ... taught me that being womanly was not necessarily incompatible with being a mind” (p. 29). It was crazy to see the various (male) costumes that Mary found herself in, in order to detect and partake in the many activities that Holmes does (mind you Holmes is disguised as well). There are small case that eventually tie into the bigger Game. I really enjoyed this read and I cannot wait to read the next in the series: A Monstrous Regiment is Women.
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