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Keep Me In Suspense! Book Group: Sherlock Holmes Makes Good Reading

The Keep Me In Suspense Mystery/Thriller Book Group met in February to discuss A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1886 and published in 1887, this was the first novel introducing the famous literary characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Since the publication of this novel, there have been multiple variations of Sherlock and Watson in movies, television shows and novels.

With that in mind, the book group continued the Sherlock theme in March with the discussion of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or, On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King, which is the first book in the Mary Russell series. In this novel, King’s Sherlock Holmes is retired and living in the Sussex countryside raising bees when he meets fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, a half-American orphan living with her aunt in 1915. Told from Mary’s point of view, the book details their first meeting and the relationship that develops between the two, first as student and teacher then as partners involved in solving crimes. The Mary Russell series currently stands at fourteen novels, with the latest having been published in February 2015.

The Keep Me In Suspense book group rated The Beekeeper’s Apprentice 4.7 out of 5 stars with most members finding the pairing of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes delightful. Ms. King delivers a great read with an intelligent female protagonist and a strong sense of place.

Check out a selection of read-a-likes and watch-a-likes below.

The Keep Me In Suspense Book Group will meet on Saturday, April 11 at 2:30pm in the Bank of America room, on the first level of Richland Library Main to discuss The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. We still have plenty of book group copies available if you would like to pick up one before the April meeting. Please call 929-3400 or stop by the Research Desk on the second level of Richland Library Main to get your copy today. We look forward to seeing you there!


Janet H. Says: A Holmes and Watson for the 21st century.
Amazon Says: A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moff more...
Amazon Says: A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars BAFTA-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, Amazing Grace) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain--they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly modern-day adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth. less...
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Amazon Says: Three of the enthralling novels that brought us the world’s greatest fictional detective are gathered here in one volume. In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery novel more...
Amazon Says: Three of the enthralling novels that brought us the world’s greatest fictional detective are gathered here in one volume. In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery novel A Study in Scarlet unleashed for the first time the unflappable Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson. Watson and Holmes would go on to become two of the most widely admired characters in all of literature. The stories and novels that followed—including The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles—expanded the duo’s practice at 221B Baker Street, thrilling readers with the impeccable powers of deduction that inevitably guide Holmes toward any mystery’s solution. A Study in Scarlet, a tale of Mormons and murder, is a drama of long-simmering revenge that plays out on the gaslit streets of London but has its dark roots in the pioneer settlements of Utah. The Sign of Four weaves together a stolen treasure from India, poison darts, and double-crossing thieves, while The Hound of the Baskervilles sets the legend of a diabolical hellhound and an old family curse against the backdrop of a desolate, moonlit moor. All three novels are gripping, timeless, and exquisitely plotted—beloved and indispensable classics of the detective genre. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) less...
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Amazon Says: 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, more...
Amazon Says: 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 a, 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 protegee 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, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell- Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining...absorbing from beginning to end. ( back cover) less...
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Janet H. Says: A bit character in The Beekeeper's Apprentice makes another appearance
Amazon Says: In 1923, an amateur archaeologist brings Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes an inlaid box from the Holy Land and then promptly dies in a suspicious traffic accident that leaves more...
Amazon Says: In 1923, an amateur archaeologist brings Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes an inlaid box from the Holy Land and then promptly dies in a suspicious traffic accident that leaves the master detective and Mary with an dangerous manuscript seemingly written by Mary Magdalene. Tour. less...
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Janet H. Says: Historical Mystery. 1950s England with a spunky, young heroine.
Amazon Says: In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flav more...
Amazon Says: In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.” To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story—of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school’s tower thirty years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder—but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse…. An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions—and a rich literary delight. less...
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Amazon Says: "Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale."--San Diego Union Tribune London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named more...
Amazon Says: "Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale."--San Diego Union Tribune London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place. THE HOUSE OF SILK bring Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print....until now. less...
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Janet H. Says: Sherlock Holmes graphic novel.
Amazon Says: The great Sherlock Holmes returns in The Sign of the Four, the newest Illustrated Classics adaptation of a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle work. The drama begins when a woman arrives o more...
Amazon Says: The great Sherlock Holmes returns in The Sign of the Four, the newest Illustrated Classics adaptation of a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle work. The drama begins when a woman arrives on Holmes's doorstep asking for his help finding an anonymous person who has been sending her mysterious gifts and letters. Holmes agrees to investigate-but soon he and Dr. Watson find themselves entangled in a deadly treasure hunt. less...
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Janet H. Says: Holmes and Watson pastiche.
Amazon Says: From the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Kings Governess - Spring 1902. Holmes finds a body in Regents Park, and when a Scottish lawyer is found murdered on the same day, he more...
Amazon Says: From the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Kings Governess - Spring 1902. Holmes finds a body in Regents Park, and when a Scottish lawyer is found murdered on the same day, he senses a conspiracy connected with the Jacobites. Holmes and Watson head for Scotland, convinced a collection of golden angels hidden at the time of the American War of Independence is now sought by the conspirators who assassinated the president... less...
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