Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King


Author: Laurie R. King
Title: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen
Publication Info: Recorded Books (1994)
ISBN: 0788798782
Summary/Review:  This book is the first of a series in which Sherlock Holmes – “retired” to beekeeping in the country – meets the narrator/protagonist Mary Russell and takes her on as his apprentice.  Since Russell’s intelligence and powers of observation match Holmes the relationship seems to be missing something as they are both almost too perfect (King allows both her characters to make some mistakes to make them a little complementary).  Much of the early half of the book involves Russell’s long apprenticeship and training and drags.  There are a number of mysteries to solve and the novel becomes episodic as a result.  The conclusion actually tries to tie these mysteries together which doesn’t work for me.  I wanted to like this book but just found it a bit dull.  Still, I still see promise that maybe future installments could be better now that this backstory is filled in.

Recommended books: A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Martin Harry Greenberg, and Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett
Rating: **1/2

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