The God of the Hive : Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

  • by Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
  • Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.


What the Critics Say

"Using short chapters and wielding her virtual pen like a burnished sword, King allows readers to race through this gloriously complex second half of last year’s Language of Bees. Sherlock Holmes is trying to get his gravely wounded son, the artist Damien Adler, out of England. Holmes’ wife, Mary Russell, is trying to protect Estelle, Damien’s small daughter. Mycroft Holmes, recovering from a heart attack, suddenly goes missing....all of it makes for utterly absorbing reading." (Booklist)
“The great marvel of King’s series is that she’s managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes’s character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart.” (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

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Imaginative and engrossing listen

I don't think anyone new to the characters (Russell along with King's casting of M & S Holmes) would find this a 5 star listen, but King fans may. There's not much new to the characters, but after a slow start, there is enough atmosphere and winding plot to completely absorb the listener.

You need not have read part 1 - "The Language of Bees" because that plot is nicely summarized in bits distributed through the first quarter of the present work; however, I think to appreciate this listen you need to have gotten to know Mary Russell and the aging Holmes through at least a couple of the previous instalments. Also, you must like Sterlin's narration style because more characters wind their way into the tale than usual.

I think this the strongest in the series next to the first book, "The Beekeeper's Apprentice."
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

the latest in the Russell/Holmes

This is the continuation of the 9th book, "The Language of Bees". In both "Language of Bees" and "God of the Hive", Holmes' character is flatter, more distant and angry than he has been in many of the books. Why? It is the verbal discussions and relationship between Holmes and Russell that give the series depth. It is missing in this book. In addition,the Goodman character becomes more and more bizarre as the book goes on. It seems like he is there for comedy relief which, in my opinion doesn't work well. The story is interesting, but I don't think that King did the character development justice. It definitely does not have the depth of "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" which remains the best of the series.
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- Cindy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books