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Livermore Reads Together
The votes are counted and the choice has been made! Laurie King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the Livermore Reads Together selection for 2014
Livermore Reads Together is an annual community-wide reading program that takes place each February. During the month, the community of Livermore is encouraged to join their neighbors by reading the featured book and participating in the Livermore Reads Together free events for children and adults. Copies of books and event schedules are made available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library.
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
The narrator of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Mary Russell, is a brilliant but unhappy young woman, recently orphaned and now heir to a sizeable estate, who literally stumbles over the retired detective in the middle of the Sussex Downs. When she and Holmes meet, she is fifteen and he is fifty-four, but the two form an instantaneous friendship which soon becomes a partnership as he begins to teach her the art of detecting. They pursue a succession of cases together, but what began as a pleasant diversion swiftly turns into a deadly game of chess with a mysterious, ruthless enemy from Holmes’s past.” (from “the official Mary Russell fan site.”)
An Agatha nominee and chosen as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
Review: King has created a fitting partner for the Great Detective: a quirky, intelligent woman who can hold her own with a man renowned for his contempt for other people’s thought processes. —Publishers Weekly
The Livermore community was asked to help choose the book for next year’s community reading program, Livermore Reads Together, by voting for one of four mysteries. After a fierce voting competition King’s novel, featuring a retired Sherlock Holmes and his new apprentice Mary Russell, won the day. Livermore Reads Together takes place during the month of February 2014, and Laurie King will speak in January 2014 as part of a special Livermore Reads Together Kick Off event. “I love community reads programs, and I am so looking forward to joining the readers of Livermore to talk about the book!” commented King as she agreed to participate.
Chosen as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century, Laurie King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice presents Sherlock Holmes, after a long life in private practice, confronted by a young person with the potential to become his student. Not at all certain about it, nonetheless he harnesses her voracious mind to the discipline of his trade, teaches her all he knows, and watches with bemusement – and some alarm – as she grows beyond the status of student into a full-fledged partner, just in time for a deadly foe to come into view...
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