Laurie R. King Celebrates "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" (Virtual Event with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library)

We are happy to partner with Arlington Heights Memorial Library as they welcome Laurie R. King for a virtual program to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Beekeeper's Apprentice! King will join the library via Zoom to discuss the origin story of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, how she handles taking on an icon, her writing process, and the impact the series (now at 18 books!) has had on the world.  This program is free and open to the publiv. Click here to register!

Buy a copy of the special 30th anniversary editon of the book from The Book Stall, and receive a bookplate signed by the author with your copy!

This program will be recorded for future broadcast on AHML's YouTube Channel. 

More about the BookIn 1915, long since retired from his crime-fighting days, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybees on the Sussex Downs. Never did the Victorian detective think to meet an intellect matching his own--until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a young twentieth-century lady whose mental acuity is equaled only by her penchant for deduction, disguises, and danger. Under Holmes's reluctant tutelage, Russell embarks on a case involving a landowner's mysterious fever and the kidnapping of an American senator's daughter in the wilds of Wales. Then a near-fatal bomb on her doorstep--and another on Holmes's--sends the two sleuths on the trail of a murderer who scatters bizarre clues and seems utterly without motive. The villain's objective, however, is quite unequivocal: to end Russell and Holmes's partnership--and then their lives.

"King has stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again." --The Washington Post Book World

"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

"Rousing...Riveting...Suspenseful." -- Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author: Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Kate Martinelli novels and the acclaimed Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries, as well as a few stand-alone novels. The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first in her Mary Russell series, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A Monstrous Regiment of Women won the Nero Wolfe Award. She has degrees in theology, and besides writing she has also managed a coffee store and raised children, vegetables, and the occasional building. She lives in northern California.

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery #1) By Laurie R. King Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250055705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - May 27th, 2014

The Twentieth-Anniversary Edition of the First Novel of the Acclaimed Mary Russell Series by Edgar Award–Winning Author Laurie R. King.

An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee • Named One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association