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The God of the Hive


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Laurie R. King is the "New York Times" bestselling author of ten Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the acclaimed novels A Darker Place, Folly, Keeping Watch, and Touchstone. She lives in Northern California where she is currently at work on her next novel.


King's delightful new Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novel picks up right where the previous book, The Language of Bees, left off. Holmes and Russell have just escaped the clutches of a demented Thomas Brothers, but they are still in danger and wanted by the police. Holmes decides the safest move is to separate. He will take care of his wounded son Damian, while Russell flees with Damian's young daughter, Estelle. Communicating with each other via cryptic ads in the London Times and phone calls to trusted friends doesn't prove as safe as in the past. What they really need to know is the identity of the person controlling Brothers. Fortuitous encounters with helpful strangers are amusing but stretch credibility. And where is Mycroft during all the tumult? Verdict King's writing only gets better, especially as she continues to tweak the Holmes canon. After their many travels, it is refreshing to have much of the story set in London. Devoted fans will eat this up. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/10; ebook ISBN 978-0-553-90768-1.]-Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart." --"Washington Post Book World

""King enriches the Sherlockian legacy."--"Boston Globe

""The God of the Hive is mesmerizing--another wonderful novel etched by the hand of a master storyteller. No reader who opens this one will be disappointed." --Michael Connelly, author of "The Scarecrow"

"A dazzling continuation of the adventures of the world's most famous beekeeper, and his equally daunting "apprentice," The God of the Hive will astonish and delight even the most seasoned of Holmes' devotees." --Katherine Neville, "The Fire"

"The Mary Russell series is the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today, and this is the best installment yet." --Lee Child, author of Gone Tomorrow

"Without a doubt, King is the master of Sherlockian authors." --Gayle Lynds, author of "The Book of Spies"

"All it takes is the very first page of the newest installment in Laurie R. King's brilliant series for and you're gone...disappearing into an artfully crafted, creative and craft world...This is historical suspense at its best, rich with atmosphere, mystery, psychological insight and complex, fascinating characters. But it's not just the plot of Russell's world, or how she matches wits with Holmes that makes King's books such standouts, it's how she brings heart and soul to great detective novels." --M.J Rose, author of "The Hypnotist

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