Howe Library's 2014 "Everyone is Reading" selection is The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King. Come to the library to get your copy today!
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Fifteen-year-old orphan Mary Russell is out for a walk across the Sussex Downs in the early years of World War I when she almost literally trips over Sherlock Holmes, who has retired to enjoy rural life and pursue the study of honeybees. It takes only a few moments for the two to recognize each other as intellectual mates. The encounter launches a close friendship that will change both of their lives – and bring both into grave danger. Laurie King brings Holmes into the modern era and gives him a thoroughly modern young woman as a new partner in this charming and thrilling expansion of the classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.The Beekeeper's Apprentice
is the first book in the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King, which currently consists of 12 books. It was an Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee and has been named one of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Reviewers called the novel "remarkably beguiling" (The Boston Globe
), "uncommonly rich" (Kirkus
), and "A fascinating and often moving account of a friendship so unusual and so compelling that one almost accepts it as being historically real" (The Denver Post
). The Washington Post Book World
wrote, "King has stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again."
"Everyone is Reading" is Howe Library's one book, one community event. In 1998, Seattle Public librarian Nancy Pearl developed the idea for a program that would bring people together by reading and discussing the same book at the same time. The idea soon spread around the country, reaching all the way to a small town in New Hampshire.