The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King has been on my radar for quite a long time. A good friend on Goodreads first recommended it to me years ago. When it popped up on a post written by Angie, I knew it was time. What I didn’t know was that I’d spend the entire book kicking myself for not having introduced myself to Mary Russell years ago when I first had the chance.
You guys, this is definitely a case of reading the right book at the right time. With the right mood. And the right lunar alignment. And probably even the right socks. Every single thing about The Beekeeper’s Apprentice made me fall deeper under its spell (I even put off watching the new episode of Bones to finish a chapter. That is unheard of in the life of Allison, y’all. Bones waits on no man). It might just be in the running for my favorite book of the year.
Mary Russell has the somewhat dangerous habit of reading while walking. When she literally trips over what appears to be just an eccentric old man – she has no idea that she has just changed her entire life. That crazy old dude? Sherlock Holmes, you guys. IT IS SHERLOCK HOLMES. When she shocks him right off the bat by showing impressive intelligence, he takes her under his wing. He is pretty stoked to have a companion worthy of his time.
Their first meeting basically charmed the pants off me. They both have that kind of almost stupidly incredible intelligence that leaves them alienated from normal life. Able to converse easily from the get go, I could not love the interactions between these two more if I tried. Give me a minute here you guys, because I HAVE TO CAPSLOCK MY ENTHUSIASM OVER HOW AWESOME THESE CHARACTERS ARE! AHHHHHHHHH!
Holmes is constantly forgetting that Mary (or as he calls her, Russell) is a female (probably because she prefers to dress in man clothes) – and his bewilderment every single time he is reminded of it somehow is so charming. I want to pat him on his cute little 60 year old cheeks. Ahem. Anyway…
As the book progresses, things just keep getting better and better. Both characters keep developing – and they develop together. By the end of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, it is hard to imagine how they could have ever lived without each other. (I don’t mean that in a particularly romantic way – I mean that they are just so compatible in every single aspect of life.)
Even though the characters are what really make the book, the mysteries are very satisfying and interesting. Some things are wrapped up fairly quickly, but the big kahuna develops slowly and with masterful suspense. Leaving just enough clues to have readers following along on the edge of their seats, Laurie King leads Holmes and Russell on one heck of a merry chase. I love a good puzzle you guys, and that is definitely what you get with this one.
Basically, every single aspect of this book is phenomenal. You’d have to be crazy not to want to read it! I have never been so thrilled at the prospect of 11 more delicious books in a series to read. Am I going to start on the next book the instant I finish writing this review? You bet I am.
To Sum it Up:
- Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes together = dynamite. magic. ALL THE GOOD THINGS.
- There are plenty of mysteries to keep them occupied – the biggest of which had me guessing until the end.
- This is a 12 book series, so when you read this and fall as in love with the characters as I did, you have plenty to look forward to!