Beekeeping for Beginners (2011)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice tells of the meeting between young Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.  Now, Holmes tells his side of that fateful encounter:

Every so often, perhaps once a year, I would become aware of what is known as a “fan.” These were generally village lads with too much time on their hands and too many penny-dreadful novels on their shelves. Trial and error had shown that a terse lecture on personal rights coupled with a threat to speak to their fathers would send them on their way.

Now, it seemed, I had another one.

I turned to watch the owner of the slow footsteps approach. The lad was wearing an old and too-large suit, a jersey in place of shirt and waistcoat (it had been cold that morning when I—and, it appeared, he—had set out) and a badly knit scarf, with a cloth cap pulled down to his ears and shoes that, despite being new, pinched his toes. His nose was buried in a book, as if to demonstrate his noble oblivion to any world-famous detectives who might be hunkered on the ground.

But he had misjudged either his path or his speed, because he was aimed right at me. I waited, but when he neither shifted course nor launched into a performance of astonishment, I cleared my throat…


A longer excerpt is here.  And if you wish to compare Russell’s version of events, go here.

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Laurie’s blog post on writing Beekeeping for Beginners is here.

One reader’s vision of The Meeting, in a video, here.

What was London like in the summer of 1915?  Read about it here.

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Read about the sinking of the Lusitania here.

Zeppelins attacked London with impunity during the beginning of the Great War.  Here is a short film of them.

Vanity Fair’s take on life in London during the War, including Belgian refugees, fashion tips, and searchlights (click to enlarge):

Click the hive, above, for a gallery of images related to the book.