Friday, March 5, 2010

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

This is one of those books that everyone in the blogosphere seemed to be reading a while back - I only got to it in January and managed to finish it a few days before going into labor - thankfully, as it would have taken me weeks to get back to it and I would have forgotten the story by then. And since it's a mystery the story is kinda important.

Actually the mystery isn't the most important aspect of this book; for me it was the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell that mattered. I loved how they needed each other and I loved how their relationship developed over time. Oh and for those of you who don't know about this book, it takes place in 1915 and features a retired Holmes living as a recluse in the English countryside. What a great idea.

I really enjoyed the classic Sherlock Holmes case-solving, as both he and Mary figured things out based on the tiniest clues.

Anyway, I had a great time reading this. And The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the start of a series and the next book is already on my list.

Sorry for the disjointed review - baby Shane doesn't allow me much writing time in one go, but if I didn't at least start bloggin again now I'm afraid I'd never come back, so here I am, horrible writing and all! :-)


Aarti said...

I am going to find this book and read it if I see it in a bookstore now- too many people have said so many good things about it! I can't imagine Holmes married at all... but if it works, then it works!

joanna said...

Aarti - that's not the kind of relationship I meant, Holmes and Mary work on cases together, that's all... But the way they're good for each other warmed my heart anyway! :-)

Ana S. said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! I have the sequel here and need to get to it before long.

joanna said...

Nymeth - I still need to get it, but it's on the list!

Kailana said...

I want to read this. I had it out from the library, but I didn't have time to read! I must try again.