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The language of bees : a Mary Russell novel
Laurie R. King
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Summary: For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve--the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes's beloved hives. But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from the past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the surrealist painter had been charged with--and exonerated from--murder. Now the troubled young man is enlisting the Holmeses' help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child. Mary has often observed that there are many kinds of madness, and before this case yields its shattering solution she'll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to the dark secrets of a young woman's past on the streets of Shanghai, Mary will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she's ever faced--a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.


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main characters Mary Russell
Female
Age: 24
Married
Married to Sherlock Holmes; Oxford theologian; has returned home after being abroad for seven months; visited by Holmes's estranged son whose wife and child.
Private investigator

Sherlock Holmes
Male
Age: 63
Married
Mary's husband; investigating the mysterious disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of his beloved beehives; visited by his estranged son who wants his help in finding his missing wife and child.
Private investigator

Damien Adler
Male
Married
Sherlock Holmes's estranged son; was arrested and exonerated for his drug dealer's murder several years ago; comes to his father asking for help in finding his missing wife and daughter.
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