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  1. Pirate King (with bonus short story Beekeeping for Beginners): A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
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  2. Pirate King (with bonus short story Beekeeping for Beginners): A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Laurie R. King
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9780553907544
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Bantam
Manufacturer
Bantam
NumberOfPages
370
PublicationDate
2011-09-06
Publisher
Bantam
ReleaseDate
2011-09-06
Studio
Bantam
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I loved the first book in Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and have read every book in the series as soon as it was published. I was delighted from the start of the series when the young bluestocking, Mary Russell, met up with Sherlock Holmes. Their partnership was filled with erudite and witty repartee, and they traveled the world together sleuthing in ingenious disguises and using elaborate ruses to escape peril.

But then something strange happened. King began separating Holmes and Russell. When this trend began, the books would describe each of the partners' doings, which were bookended with scenes of them together. Later on, though, their time together became strictly limited and Mary's separate role was emphasized.

Pirate King takes this trend even further. In this book, Holmes is entirely absent for a good two-thirds of the book and the pair are together for very few pages. I would estimate that scenes of... Read more
I am a lifelong Holmesophile and recently read all the Mary Russell novels. I heave enjoyed them all and reread them many times. Not only do the novels continue and develop Holmes as an immensely intelligent and humane observer of the human condition, but each novel has an interesting underlying theme. Justice Hall reflects on the impact of the 14-18 war on the English psyche, Locked Room meditates on how to deal with childhood trauma, The Moor evokes the archetypal strangeness of a wild and remote landscape. With humor, wit and reasoning thrown in who could not enjoy such a multi-layer literary cake?

In Pirates, Ms King has abandoned all this and appears to have chosen to write a completely dumbed down novel. Holmes and Mary Russell have each lost 40 IQ points. The plot is a farce, in both senses. It is as if she decided to write a screenplay for a summer tentpole movie where any trace of thought, complex ideas or character development has to be carefully expunged to... Read more
I've been trying to read this book for the last three days. Gentle Reader, I stayed up until four o'clock in the morning, twenty-odd years ago, to finish "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." I continue to regard it as a work of genius that I as a writer can only envy. Somewhere around two a.m. I remember opening the bottle of Benedictine, considering it a fittingly expensive accompaniment to the exhilaration that I was reaping from the printed page.

Well, tonight -- two decades older and more able to afford Benedictine -- I tapped the flask again, but it didn't help. Why ever, really, do I care what becomes of a film company headed by a feckless wretch named Fflyte? Was there a missing girl somewhere in the first few pages? Has she been mentioned again? Am I deeply concerned with a Portuguese poet who enjoys a form of self inflicted multiple personality disorder? Is there any bloody mystery to be solved in the first quarter, third, *half* of this book? (Answer: not that I can... Read more
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