In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes – and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator's daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary – a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership. Full of brilliant deductions, disguise, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries is ''wonderfully, original and entertaining...absorbing from beginning to end'' (Booklist).
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In those first weeks of spring I was like some tropical seed upon which was poured water and warmth. [...] My mind blossomed under the care of this old man, who had left behind the thrill of the chase in London and come to the quietest of country homes to raise bees, write his books, and, perhaps, to meet me. I do not know what fates put us less than ten miles from each other. I do know that I have never, in all my travels, met a mind like Holmes'. Nor has he, he says, met my equal. [...] I am fairly certain that my own influence on Holmes was also not inconsiderable. He was stagnating – yes, even he – and would probably have bored or drugged himself into an early death. My presence, my – I will say it – my love, gave him a purpose in life from that first day.