103 years ago today…

…two people met on a patch of countryside:

was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs,

and nearly stepped on him. In my defence I must say it was an engrossing book, and it was very rare to come across another person

in that particular part of the world in that war year of 1915. In my seven weeks of peripatetic reading amongst the sheep

(which tended to move out of my way)

and the gorse bushes

(to which I had painfully developed an instinctive awareness)

I had never before stepped on a person.

(from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice)

Happy 103rd anniversary, Russell & Holmes!


  1. Susan Cole on April 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    We’ve read them all and can’t wait for the next installment.

  2. Dawn on April 9, 2018 at 7:24 am

    One of my favorite adventures and introduction to Mary Russell. Thank you!

  3. Lenore on April 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Someone remind me, please: How do we know they met on April 8?

    • Laurie King on April 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

      That’s from her journal in Mary Russell’s War.

  4. susan on April 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I have the book AND audiobook of this wonderful adventure! Reading the exerpts from her diary in MARY RUSSELL’S WAR caused me to shout (out loud, i blush to recall) “RUN!” when she decides to walk a different path on that day on the Sussex Downs.

  5. Stine Rønsholt on April 12, 2018 at 3:24 am

    I have read them all really great books

  6. Linda on April 14, 2018 at 11:28 am

    The minute I knew Bee Keepers Apprentice was set on the South Downs I knew that I would love it … and I did. Without a doubt at this point my favorite mysteries (and at 70 I’ve read a lot!)

    I wonder if, given that she knows Lord Peter, she’ll have a chance to meet Harriet Vane. Admittedly many books in the future … still.

  7. Debbie Clark on May 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    LOVE it…each and every time I read/hear it!

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