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The god of the hive : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Ho
Laurie R. King
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Those who enjoyed the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. may appreciate bestseller King's heavy-on-action, light-on-deduction 10th novel featuring Mary Russell and her much older husband, Conan Doyle's iconic detective. The plot picks up in the summer of 1924 right after the previous entry in the series, The Language of Bees. A religious fanatic, Rev. Thomas Brothers, who seeks to unleash psychic energies through human sacrifice, has shot Holmes's artist son, Damian Adler, seriously wounding the young man. Holmes's desperate quest for medical help to save his son's life takes him to Holland, while Mary travels throughout Britain in an effort to keep Damian's half-Chinese daughter, Estelle, safe from Brothers and his allies. Cliffhanging situations abound as both leads benefit from the convenient appearance of extremely helpful strangers. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

King's delightful new Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novel picks up right where the previous book, The Language of Bees, left off. Holmes and Russell have just escaped the clutches of a demented Thomas Brothers, but they are still in danger and wanted by the police. Holmes decides the safest move is to separate. He will take care of his wounded son Damian, while Russell flees with Damian's young daughter, Estelle. Communicating with each other via cryptic ads in the London Times and phone calls to trusted friends doesn't prove as safe as in the past. What they really need to know is the identity of the person controlling Brothers. Fortuitous encounters with helpful strangers are amusing but stretch credibility. And where is Mycroft during all the tumult? Verdict King's writing only gets better, especially as she continues to tweak the Holmes canon. After their many travels, it is refreshing to have much of the story set in London. Devoted fans will eat this up. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/10; ebook ISBN 978-0-553-90768-1.]-Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Mary Russell
Age: 24
Married to Sherlock Holmes; Oxford theologian; separated from her husband and on the run from the police as she tries to keep her newly discovered three-year-old granddaughter safe from a murderous religious cult; keeps in touch with Holmes through coded messages and cryptic notes.
Private investigator

Sherlock Holmes
Age: 63
Mary's husband; his estranged son was shot at by a religious fanatic; separated from Mary and on the run from the police; keeps in touch with his wife through coded messages and cryptic notes; travels to Holland to find medical help for his son.
Private investigator

Damien Adler
Age: 30
Sherlock Holmes's estranged son; his Chinese wife was recently murdered; shot at by a religious fanatic, who seeks to unleash psychic energies through human sacrifice.

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