The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Read in August 2010
An enjoyable variation on the Holmes theme. I discerned the major mystery and hidden mastermind behind it early (as I usually do), but missed the connection to the earlier mystery.
The characterization was better than most mystery novels I’ve read. I especially enjoyed the fugue of an intelligent deductive teenage woman (Mary Russell) juxtaposed with a retired bored (and lonely) Sherlock Holmes. The usual suspects cameoed: Mrs. Hudson; Dr. Watson; Mycroft; and, even Lastrade (TNG version).
I may continue with the series, when I need a break from my normal heavier, layered reading.