Introducing Mary Russell and her partner, Sherlock Holmes.

I have mentioned this before, but when I was in high school, my librarian handed me a copy of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King and told me to read it, that it was one of those rites of passage for girls on the Quiz Bowl team. It was a test of sorts, and I am thankful that I managed to pass it. Even more than that, I am thankful that she gave me the book, one of those books that has stuck with me over the years. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books. In the first few pages, Mary Russell meets Sherlock Holmes, and in the course of their conversation, she says that seeing him smile at her intelligence was like coming home. Reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is like that for me. I was feeling out of sorts the other day, so I picked it up, and, just like Mary, felt as if I was coming home.

If you have never read it, I encourage you to run (not walk, because the offer ends April 15th) to Laurie King’s website to download a free copy for yourself. I promise you that you will not be disappointed. This is an excellent series, one that keeps getting better and better. I cannot wait for the new book to be out at the end of the month. And now that I’ve read the first one, I’m probably going to have to read the whole series again instead of moving on to something else. They just take hold of me and won’t let go.

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the heads-up! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while (since you rave about it), and even checked it out of the library a while ago, but ran out of time to read it. 🙂

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  2. Kari-
    Love your blog. Thanks for commenting on mine–just send your mailing address to my e-mail address, and I’ll get your gift to you in the next couple weeks! aprilnlarsen@yahoo.com.
    April

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  3. ooohh, i’m so glad i saw this today! i (of course) have never read this, so i’m excited to have a summer book – esp. since it’s in a series.

    Posted 4/15/2009 at | Permalink

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