Retired to a life of beekeeping in Sussex, Sherlock Holmes is drawn back into detecting by his encounter with an orphan, Mary Russell, who is as keen an observer as he is. Their friendship blossoms, and, despite a significant age difference, Russell and Holmes fall in love. King does an excellent job of presenting an older Holmes, and Mary’s intelligence surprises many people who underestimate her, including Holmes. King clearly knows the original stories, as well as other detective fiction set in the early 20th century. She draws on this literature in an understated fashion, never bringing in a reference that is not needed. 1994, M KING, 347 p.
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