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  • The Bee Keeper's Apprentice

    Intelligent and beautifully written, with just the degree of improbability that we might expect from Sir Arthur himself. We can see the relationship between Mary Russell and Holmes develop from student and tutor to soul mates. The mystery itself is secondary to the fun of the puzzle.

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  • Not much new or original.

    I really liked the opening of this, with the sparring between Holmes and Russell ... but that quickly fades leaving much of the rest too explicit (we might not all be Sherlock Holmes but we're not as thick as the author/narrator was treating us). The individual chapters weren't too bad, but the over-arching story was obvious and predictable and the antagonist no surprise and rather cliché. Cliché perhaps fits a Sherlock Holmes story, they were rarely much of a surprise, but I expected more from this modern presentation. I think the first person recital was a mistake, and I think the stories miss the simpler perspective of Watson: with essentially two Holmes's nothing looks clever any more.

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  • Very Entertaining!

    Definitely a bit of a departure for Holmes. We see him in a different light than Doyle's detective- a bit more humanized but still very much engaging. Russell is a firecracker and an endearing protagonist and I love the dynamic between her and Holmes. While it was easy to notice the difference in voices between authors from Doyle to King, I think she does a very good job in keeping with the spirit of the original Holmes adventures while bringing a new twist to his story via the introduction of Mary Russell. I'll be continuing on with the series for sure!

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  • The Beekeeper’s Apprenctice

    Clever plot, great humour and the story/characters draw you in as though you’re experiencing everything along with them. Looking forward to reading more!

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