In 1915, long since retired from his observations of criminal humanity, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. Never did he think to meet an intellect to match his own—until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a very modern 15-year-old whose mental acuity is equaled only by her audacity, tenacity, and penchant for trousers and cloth caps, unthinkable in any young lady of Holmes's own
Under Holmes sardonic tutelage, Russell hones her talent for deduction, disguises, and danger: in the chilling case of a landownr's mysterious fever, and in the kidnapping of an American senator's daughter in the wilds of Wales. But her ultimate challenge is yet to come. A near fatal bomb on her doorstep—and another on Holmes's—sends the two sleuths on the trail of a murderer whose machinations scatter meaningless clues and seem utterly without motives. The villain's objective, however, is quite unequivocal: to end Russell and Holmes's partnership—and then their lives.
Original title: The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives