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The God of the Hive

July 17, 2010

The God of the Hive, by Laurie King,  follows immediately after the action in The Language of Bees, and is the 10th book in the Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes mystery series. If you haven’t tried this series, I’d start with at the beginning with  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. These are terrific books which can be enjoyed with knowing only a little about Arthur Conan Doyle’s character of Sherlock Holmes. They did actually get me to read some of the original Sherlock Holmes tales, perhaps you’ll want to watch a video with Basil Rathbone as Holmes.

In this book, we meet Sherlock’s young granddaughter, Estelle, who is part Asian. Mary Russell tries to keep Estelle safe while escaping trouble going from danger in a small  plane over Scotland to a mysterious hermit in a forest cabin. Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes and his son, who is injured, flee to Holland, and can communicate with Mary and his brother Myron only by cryptic newspaper advertisements while trying to avoid both the police and their attacker. Then Holmes’ brother goes missing and is presumed dead. The characters seem real, and the varied settings are so vividly drawn that you fell that you are looking out a window into the scenes in the book.

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