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The God of the Hive -- A Review
This is the umpteenth Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes novel by Ms. King and the ump seems to keep on coming. The story takes off mere nanoseconds after the conclusion of the last Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes, The Art of Detection. At the previous novel’s end, Holmes and Russell are separated and left to deal with loose ends and arrest warrants and other insidious affaires in the own manner.
Previously, we learned that Holmes and Irene Adler had had a love child named Damian and raised as an Adler. While living in Shanghai, Damian married and had a child. Now our hero is not only a married man, but also a loving father and a doting grandfather. Curiouser and curiouser thought Alice, well actually that is Estelle, the granddaughter. She is fleeing with Russell while Holmes is busy kidnapping doctors and extracting bullets at sea, on his way to Holland. Either our hero is slipping or age is catching up with him, because a series of errors on his part put Damian at risk as well as others.
Meanwhile, we learn that Mycroft was murdered on his way from a house of ill repute. A power hungry, politician is behind everything as we soon find out. He convinced Lestrade Junior to issue arrest warrants for Holmes and Russell in connection to the murder of Damian’s wife. Not until Mary breaks and enters Lestrade’s house does she re-convince him they are all innocent. Whew, I hope you have been following all of this.
Throw in a few more twists and turns and a grave robbing and you will get the feel of what is going on in merry old London in the early 1920’s. This is a great, fast-paced Russell and Holmes romp. A summer must read for the pool.
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