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The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes


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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 solve — the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes's beloved hives.

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

Mary has often observed that there are many kinds of madness, and before this case yields its shattering solution she'll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to the dark secrets of a young woman's past on the streets of Shanghai, Mary will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she's ever faced — a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

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Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in Northern California where she is currently at work on her next novel.

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IndyAnne, July 28, 2010 (view all comments by IndyAnne)
Very qickly upon their return to Surrey, to their home between cases, Mary Russell is plunged into the mysterious abandonment of one of Holmes' prized bee hives, while Holmes is propelled into the back streets and brothels of London. Are the two separate investigations related? Once again, author Laurie R. King sets the two -- a scholar and the sleuth-- upon an edge-of-the seat, forward leaning adventure, with fresh connection to an old tale of the Conan Doyle corpus. The lines of connection are taut as this most heart-wrenching and mentally challenging tale plays out across the globe in the uneasy space between two world wars. Once again, a very British context plays out in the waning days of the Pax Brittania, and the waxing days of Pax Americana. Expect some standard players, with significant changes: a Mycroft bearing five stone less in weight (100 pounds), for example. Holmes must face his past and a shattering deeply personal revelation. Russell, ever erudite and handy with religioius esoterica, will educate us about bee-keeping and distortions possible in the human condition, in a table turning trope that ties together the seemingly disparate strands of mystery in this first installment in a multiple-part series.
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King, Laurie R.
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
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Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
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