The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King is the selection we will be discussing on April 21st. Among the thousands of Sherlock Holmes novels, sequels, and prequels published in the century or so since Sherlock Holmes first graced the literary stage, only a few stand out. One such adaptation is Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Originally published in 1994, the story has endured over the past two decades. That popularity culminated in a recently released 20th anniversary edition. This is the first in a series of novels starring Mary Russell, a young woman who comes of age at the turn of the 20th century and becomes Holmes’ student, apprentice, and partner. The tale is a number of things: a sort of bildungsroman that details Mary Russell’s coming of age and coming into her own as a detective, a mystery story, a historical novel, and, above all, the tale of a blossoming relationship and partnership between two similarly peculiar minds.