The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Edition read: Picador, 1994
You don’t need to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes fan to get all the inside-baseball bits of this well-written picaresque novel. It will, however, make you WANT to know all about the infamous Holmes. Young Mary Russell stumbles upon Holmes on Sussex Downs in 1915 and the two go on to great and intricate adventures.
–Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett