Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

23 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 177 ratings

The Beekeeper's Apprentice 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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  • Book 1

    • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mary Russell is marvelous.

    • By Gabrielle Dickinson on 10-01-18

    Regular price: £20.89

  • Book 2

    • A Monstrous Regiment of Women

    • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    While visiting London, Mary Russell comes across a friend from Oxford. The young woman introduces Mary to Margery Childe, charismatic leader of a religious sect involved in the suffrage movement. When several members of the sect's female volunteers are murdered, Mary starts to investigate - but events spiral out of control, and Mary's search plunges her into the worst danger she has yet faced....

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  • Book 3

    • A Letter of Mary

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Mary Russell, assistant and protégée of the great Sherlock Holmes, finds herself and her partner once more mired in mystery. When Mary is given a scrap of papyrus by an old archaeologist friend, she has no inkling of what it contains. Written in Greek, it could be a letter from a previously unknown apostle - who just happens to be female. However, the situation moves from being curiously exciting to chillingly perilous as the archaeologist is murdered and Mary and Sherlock's home is ransacked.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Felt abridged

    • By Christine on 16-03-12

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  • Book 4

    • The Moor

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Sherlock Holmes has received a call for help from an old friend. The Reverend Barring-Gould, noted parson and folklorist, wants Holmes to investigate some strange sightings. When Mary Russell realises where their search will take them, however, her blood runs cold. A ghostly coach and giant dog have been glimpsed on Dartmoor - the chilling landscape of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

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  • Book 5

    • O Jerusalem

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes has traveled to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city will surely go up in flames.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oh, what a lovely...series

    • By Frances Roche on 19-08-15

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  • Book 6

    • Justice Hall

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    With her debut novel, A Grave Talent, Laurie R. King became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic. Few authors dare to touch the classic canon of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but in this charming and suspenseful series, Edgar award-winner King succeeds with triumphant originality. Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are now on their sixth thrilling outing together.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Recommended to anyone who actually likes series

    • By Hevpais on 21-02-15

    Regular price: £21.73

  • Book 7

    • The Game

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the early days of 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, are given an urgent task by his brother, Mycroft: find a British spy gone missing along India's northwest frontier, where men are dying and trouble is brewing. The spy's name? It is one Holmes knows from his sojourn in India long ago, and one Russell knows from a book. It is Kimball O'Hara, known to the world by the name Rudyard Kipling called him - Kim....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the author

    • By Gabrielle Dickinson on 06-01-18

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  • Book 8

    • Locked Rooms

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In 1924, San Francisco is booming. The great fire and earthquake of 1906 cleared the ground for a modern city, but the closer she comes to the place she used to call home, the more troubling Mary Russell's dreams become. As Russell and her husband, the great detective Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs in the City by the Bay, Mary's past isn't the only thing that catches up with them....

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  • Book 9

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    • The Language of Bees

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
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  • Book 10

    • The God of the Hive

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    It began as a problem in one of Holmes' beloved beehives, led to a murderous cult, and ended - or so they'd hoped - with a daring escape from a sacrificial altar. Instead, Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath and the limitless resources of those they've thwarted. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police and pursued across the continent by a ruthless enemy with powerful connections. Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes.

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  • Book 10.5

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  • Book 11

    • Pirate King

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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    In England’s silent-film industry, Randolph Fflytte is king. Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate the criminal activities that surround Fflytte’s movie studio, but nothing seems amiss until the company starts rehearsals in Lisbon. There the 13 blonde-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fade-out.

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  • Book 12

    • Garment of Shadows

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Hevpais on 14-04-15

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    • Garment of Shadows

    • Mary Russell Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
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    Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands and soldiers pounding at the door. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north. Meanwhile, Holmes needs the wisdom of his wife, whom he discovers has gone missing. As Holmes searches and Russell searches for herself, each tries to crack deadly parallel puzzles before it’s too late.

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  • Book 12.5

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  • Book 13

    • Dreaming Spies

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    For years now, readers of the Russell Memoirs have wondered about the tantalizing mentions of Japan. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes had spent three weeks there, between India ( The Game) and San Francisco ( Locked Rooms). The time has finally come, to tell that story. It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find... a stone. A stone with a name, which they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Hevpais on 19-04-15

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    • Dreaming Spies

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    It's 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find a stone. The stone is inscribed with the same name that they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future emperor of Japan. It is the first indication that the investigation they did for him a year ago might not be as complete as they had thought. In Japan there were spies; in Oxford there are dreams, and in both places there is danger....

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  • Book 13.5

    • The Marriage of Mary Russell

    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    Though she cannot entirely discount the effects of the head injuries they were both suffering at the time, Mary Russell is delighted by Sherlock Holmes’ proposal of marriage. After all, they have become partners in crime, and she has recently come into her inheritance: what remains but to confirm the union with her mentor-turned-partner through a piece of paper? Russell’s pragmatic side tells her to head straight to the registry office - until Holmes surprises her with a sentimental wish to be married in the chapel of his ancestral manor. There’s just the small issue of ownership: the house is not exactly his, and he is most definitely not welcome there.

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  • Book 14

    • The Murder of Mary Russell

    • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Somewhat lacking in Sherlock and Mary.

    • By Miss on 14-05-16

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    • The Murder of Mary Russell

    • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 14
    • By: Laurie R. King
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Over the course of a decade together, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes have forged an indissoluble bond. But what of the other person Mary Russell has opened her heart to, Mrs Hudson? Blood on the floor, and the smell of gunshot in the air: both point directly at Clara Hudson. The key to Russell's sacrifice lies in Mrs Hudson's past, and to uncover the crime Holmes must put aside his anguish and push deep into his housekeeper's secrets.

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