New York: Minotaur Books, 1994. Hardcover 347 numbered pages. 8vo, original black boards with gold lettering to the spine. Original pictorial unclipped, $21.95 priced dust jacket. Designed by Basha Zapatka, Jacket design by Henry sene Yee.
First Edition | First Printing stated February 1994 with full number line.
Flat signed by Laurie King on the title page directly under her name.
BOOK CONDITION: FINE; like new | JACKET CONDITION: FINE; like new, very minor shelf wear.
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NOTE: Author's first novel.
ABOUT the book:
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes, a perfect man of the Victorian age--pompous, smug, and misogynistic--were to come face to face with a twentieth-century female? If she grew to be a partner worthy of his great talents? Laurie R. King, whose very different first novel, A Grave Talent (SMP, 1993), drew rave reviews, read the Conan Doyle stories and wondered about such an imaginary encounter. And following through, she has written The Beekeeper's Apprentice. 1914, a young woman named Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper on the Sussex Downs. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And although he may have all the Victorian "flaws" listed above, the Great Detective is no fool, and can spot a fellow intellect even in a fifteen-year-old woman. So, at first informally, then consciously, he takes Mary Russell as his apprentice. They work on a few small local cases, then on a larger and more urgent investigation, which ends successfully. All the time, Mary is developing as a detective in her own right, with the benefit of the knowledge and experience of her mentor and, increasingly, friend. And then the sky opens on them, and they find themselves the targets of a slippery, murderous, and apparently all-knowing adversary. Together they devise a plan to trap their enemy--a plan that may save their lives but may also kill off their relationship. This is not a "Sherlock Holmes" story. It is the story of a modern young woman who comes to know and work with Holmes, the story of young woman coming to terms with herself and with this older man who embodies the age that is past.
About the author:
Laurie R. King (born September 19, 1952) is an American author best known for her detective fiction. Laurie was born in Oakland, California, earned a degree in comparative religion from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1977 and a masters in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in 1984, where her thesis was on "Feminine Aspects of Yahweh". She later received an honorary doctorate from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Among King's books are the Mary Russell series of historical mysteries, featuring Sherlock Holmes as her mentor and later partner, and a series featuring Kate Martinelli, a fictional lesbian police officer in San Francisco, California. Using the pseudonym "Leigh Richards", she has published a futuristic novel, Califia's Daughters (2004). King's first book, A Grave Talent (1993), received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and a 1995 John Creasey Memorial Award. This was followed by the 1996 Nero Award, for A Monstrous Regiment of Women, the 2002 Macavity Award for Best Novel, for Folly, and the 2007 Lambda Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, for The Art of Detection. She has also been nominated for an Agatha, two Anthonys, a Barry, two additional Edgars, another Macavity, an Orange Prize, and four RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. She lives in Watsonville, California, in the hills above Monterey Bay, southeast of Santa Cruz, California. From 1977 until his death in early 2009, she was married to the historian Noel Quinton King. They are the parents of two children, Zoe and Nathan. Works: Kate Martinelli mysteries: A Grave Talent (1993) ISBN 0-312-08804-3 To Play the Fool (1995) ISBN 0-312-11907-0 With Child (1996) ISBN 0-312-14077-0 Night Work (2000) ISBN 0-553-10713-5 The Art of Detection (2006) ISBN 0-553-80453-7 (Lambda Literary Award 2006) Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries: The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994) ISBN 0-312-10423-5 A Monstrous Regiment of Women (1995) ISBN 0-312-13565-3 A Letter of Mary (1997) ISBN 0-312-14670-1 The Moor (1998) ISBN 0-312-16934-5 O Jerusalem (1999) ISBN 0-553-11093-4 (Although written fifth in sequence, the events in this book take place during the latter part of those described in The Beekeeper's Apprentice) Justice Hall (2002) ISBN 0-553-11113-2 The Game (2004) ISBN 0-553-80194-5 Locked Rooms (2005) ISBN 0-553-80197-X The Language of Bees (2009) ISBN 0-553-80454-5 The God of the Hive (2010) ISBN 0-553-80554-1 Beekeeping for Beginners (an ebook novella) (2011) ISBN 978-0-7490-4059-8 (This short story describes the early events of The Beekeeper's Apprentice from the point of view of Sherlock Holmes. The novella is included with the publication of Garment of Shadows in ISBN 978-0-7490-1377-6) Pirate King (2011) ISBN 0-553-80798-6 Garment of Shadows (2012) ISBN 978-0-7490-1377-6 Dreaming Spies (2015) ISBN 978-0-3455-3179-7 (Although written thirteenth in sequence, the events in this book take place between those described in The Game and Locked Rooms) The Marriage of Mary Russell (March 15, 2016) The Murder of Mary Russell (April 5, 2016) ISBN 978-0804177900 Mary Russell's War And Other Stories of Suspense (2016) ISBN 978-1-4642-0733-4 Harris Stuyvesant & Bennett Grey series: (Historical novels of suspense, featuring FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant and injured British soldier Bennett Grey) Touchstone (2007) ISBN 978-0-553-80355-6 The Bones of Paris (2013) ISBN 978-0-7490-1587-9 Non-series books: A Darker Place [UK title: The Birth of a New Moon] (1999) ISBN 978-0-553-57824-9 Folly (2001) ISBN 978-0-553-38151-1 Keeping Watch (2003) ISBN 978-0-553-38252-5 Califia's Daughters (as Leigh Richards) (2004) - science fiction. ISBN 978-0-553-58667-1
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