The Language of Bees, Hardback Book

The Language of Bees Hardback

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For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was a delicious anticipation.

There was even a mystery to solve - the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes' beloved hives.

But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a bitter memory from her husband's past.

Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with - and exonerated from - murder.

Now the talented and troubled young man is enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.

From suicides among the Standing Stones to a bizarre religious cult, from the demi-monde of the Cafe Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young woman's past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she's ever faced - a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 480 pages, map
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780749007911

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I'm a fan of Laurie King and her early 20th century Holmesian world, despite the rather large suspension of disbelief required for Mary Russell's relationship with Holmes. In this one, it turns out that Holmes and Irene Adler had a son - unknown to him until now. The son has now grown up and become an artist, and his wife and child are missing - perhaps murdered? A sequence of murders ties into various mythic places, and only Mary's understanding of weird cults and religions can help! King writes very intelligent and complex fiction, set in well-researched and fascinating historical settings.

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I enjoy the Mary Russell series but found this one a bit underwhelming. The murderer was obvious and the plot was the same as A letter of Mary.But it whiled away a few lazy hours pleasantly.

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