Book Review: The Language of Bees

The Language of Bees by Laurie. R. King

The blurb: For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad is a delicious anticipation. But the longed for sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a bitter memory from her husband’s past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, but the talented and troubled young man is enlisting her help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child. From suicides among the Standing Stones to a bizarre religious cult, from the heart of Bohemian London to dark secrets on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced – a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

My review: I realise I’m getting into the habit of starting each review by saying where or why I picked up a book. It’s seems like a good place to start so I think I may continue to do so! I picked this book up after a quick scan of the back at Gatwick Airport whilst being hurried by an impatient boyfriend. The main things that drew me to it was the mention of Sherlock Holmes! He is my all time favourite detective.

I was surprised to find myself in the midst of a series, book nine I think, so well beyond starting information. However this didn’t impede this book which is always refreshing. The case they were investigating bore no need for countless past recaps which is something that’s terribly annoying. But of course there were some and I didnt know which ones were past escapades but I will look forward to finding out.

Mary Russell is the main narrator for this book, Sherlock Holmes wife. (I was slightly put off by the thought of my favourite detective marrying someone so much younger than him but they seemed a perfect fit so it was eventually overlooked!) Her character is stoic, resourceful and just as capable of investigating a crime as Sherlock and his brother Mycroft Holmes. I enjoyed the pace, the inventiveness of the author in her criminals and that wonderful sense of Victoriana and period history that is captured beautifully. Laurie R King has a beautiful way with words and I have to admit to being charmed! I am a great lover of cosy crime (as you will soon see by the upcoming proliferation of Agatha Christie reviews!) and this was a lovely example of that genre with a cunning twist. Slightly difficult from the off but well worth pursuing.

7 out of 10 stars! *******

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