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In a case that will push their relationship to the breaking point, Mary Russell must help reverse the greatest failure of her legendary husbands storied pasta painful and personal defeat that still has the power to sting…this time fatally.

For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solvethe unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmess beloved hives.

But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from her husbands past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged withand exonerated frommurder. Now the talented and troubled young man was enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.

When it comes to communal behavior, Russell has often observed that there are many kinds of madness. And before this case yields its shattering solution, shell come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to a bizarre religious cult, from the demimonde of the Café Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young womans past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any shes ever faceda killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of nine Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She is one of only two novelists to win the Best First Crime Novel awards on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives in northern California where she is at work on her Russell and Holmes mystery.

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Erica Horne, April 29, 2009 (view all comments by Erica Horne)
I'm almost surprised that I enjoyed it so much. I'm not a Holmes purist, but even to me, this seemed like a risky gambit -- it has so much potential to change his character ... but I should not have been worried. What King accomplishes makes the character of Sherlock Holmes more richly complex, and in the course of doing so, provides a chilling mystery, of a different sort than has been featured in the earlier volumes of the series.

If I'm vague, it's only that I'm trying to avoid spoilers. In this volume, readers are treated to more Mycroft (a treat!), Russell solving a different sort of mystery than usual, and a case involving an Aleister Crowleyesque cult. I felt as though there was a more meditative cast to parts of the book, which is to say that readers see Russell musing over human error, and forgiveness, and the ability to move past human error, and loneliness, a little more than in earlier entries of the series. But the book isn't dominated by these musings -- they are skillfully woven into the action.

I was satisfied by the ending, despite the fact that the last words are "to be continued...". Sometimes novels that end with cliffhangers feel like half-books that were only published accidentally. _The Language of Bees_ is unquestionably a whole book, and one that I will no doubt read again.
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King, Laurie R
King, Laurie R.
Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious character)
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Mystery fiction
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Mary Russell Novels
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