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The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

It's 1914, and a bold, young American called Mary Russell is about to experience a rather dynamic change of life. Deep in the rural English countryside, she meets a retired beekeeper by the name of Sherlock Holmes. Although many years have passed since he astonished Watson by solving Scotland Yard's most baffling crimes, The Great Detective is still very much in possession of his excellent faculties.

Surprisingly for both of them, he sees Mary's untapped potential for his old line of work. When Holmes' greatest enemy returns with a diabolically resourceful plan of revenge, Holmes realises he's facing the case of his lifetime - and that he needs Mary's help to solve it.

©1994 Laurie R. King (P)2002 W F Howes Ltd

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Amazing book really well read

I love this block of work by Laurie King and having read them all I was worried that hearing it read by someone couldn’t possibly match that, but apart from the first chapter (which is disconcertingly read in the authors American voice) the book has been completely enthralling, delivered at a perfect pace and with great characterisation. Looking forward to listening to more.

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Mary Russell is marvelous.

I very much enjoyed this book. However I do find that the readers voice is too harsh for the voice of Mary that I have developed in my head and Holmes sounds utterly sanctimonious, which I think he must be at times, but surely not 247!

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Love the story but can’t stand the narrator

I’ve read these books and enjoyed everyone but I just can’t continue the series with this dreary monotone voice with not a hint of humour . All of Mary’s character and the wit and banter between her and Holmes is reduced to a tedious recitation with no tension. It really is awful and very disappointing as I would have gradually worked my way happily through the entire series but I have given up half way through book two.