The Bee Keepers Apprentice

10/01/2014 Adult fiction  15 comments

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was a cool, sunny  day in early April , and the book was by Virgil. I  had set out at dawn from the silent  farmhouse, choosing a different direction that my usual-in this case southeasterly, toward the sea-  my first awareness that there was another  soul in the universe was when a male throat  cleared  itself  loudly not four feet from me. The Latin text flew into the air,  followed closely by an Anglo-Saxon oath. Heart pounding, I hastily pulled together what dignity I could and  glared down through my spectacles at this figure hunched up at my feet: a gaunt , graying man in his fifties wearing a cloth cap, ancient tweed greatcoat, and decent shoes, with a threadbare Army rucksack on the ground beside him. A tramp perhaps, who has left the rest of his possessions beneath a bush. Or an Eccentric. Certainly not a shepherd. He said nothing. Very sarcastically I snatched up my book and brushed it off. “what on earth are you doing?” I demanded. “Lying in  wait for someone?” He raised one eyebrow at that, smiling in a singularly condescending and irritating manner, and opened his mouth to speak in  that precise drawl that is the trademark of the overly educated upper-class English gentleman. a high voice; a biting one: definitely an Eccentric. “I should think that I can hardly be accused of lying anywhere”, he said, “as I am seated openly on an uncluttered hillside, minding my own business. When, that is, I am not having to fend off those who propose to crush me underfoot.” He rolled the penultimate r to put me in my place.

Sherlock Holmes meets Miss Mary Russell one windy day on a hillside in the country watching bees, where he has gone to retire from the rigors of detective life. She is fifteen and has been convalescing in the country with her aunt as she was hurt and just lost her parents in a terrible accident. Mary’s observant nature catches Sherlock‘s attention and he takes it upon himself  to teach her every thing he knows. Holmes becomes Mary’s friend and mentor. I liked this book because you get to watch Mary grow up and become someone who she never expects to become and Holmes, thinking  his life is basically over, finds he has a purpose in life again and a use. Why has Sherlock retired to the country to hide, Mary wonders as she gets to know him better. Maybe she will get her answer as the book progresses. The book is written in three sections. The first part is about how they meet and Mary being trained by Holmes. the second part is when she goes to college and continues her training then last part is were they finely solve a long standing mystery.

Any one who enjoys Sherlock Holmes mystery’s will thoroughly enjoy these books. Laurie King has written a whole series of them  with plenty if twists and turns to delight the reader.

Exterior of the Sherlock Holmes Museum

Exterior of the Sherlock Holmes Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



English: Moscow, Smolensk Embankment. Sculptur...

English: Moscow, Smolensk Embankment. Sculptural composition “Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson” Русский: Москва, Смоленская набережная. Скульптурная композиция “Шерлок Холмс и доктор Ватсон” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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