Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nuttiness and Bees

I've decided that Amazon is crazy. When I follow the link in my sidebar for Laurie R. King's The Language of Bees, I get taken to the page for the book with the cover image and everything. However, if I search for The Language of Bees in Amazon, I get this result:

The Language of Bees (Hardcover)by Laurie R. King (Author) Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available.

There's no cover image -- nothing -- but this book is already out -- it's been out. I bought it and read it.

The Language of Bees: Laurie R. King: I love this series about a young American feminist, Mary Russell, married to Sherlock Holmes. She brings humanity to the character of Holmes by giving him a personal life. In The Language of Bees, we meet Holmes' adult son, Damien Adler, who is an artist and a troubled man. He enlists the help of Russell and Holmes to help him find his missing wife and child. The wife has an interesting past, so the reader is never sure for quite some time if she's really missing or if she's just left Adler. Damien Adler's past also makes you wonder how complicit he is in his wife's disappearance -- after all, he's murdered before, maybe that makes it easier for him to commit other types of crimes. I like that I, along with Russell, am kept guessing about Adler and his wife throughout this book. And I enjoyed the book. Booklist calls The Language of Bees the best in the Mary Russell series; I'm partial to Locked Rooms because we learn so much about Mary in that novel that we never knew, but The Language of Bees is easily second.


BabelBabe said...

i think O Jerusalem was my favorite. That was the one where they travel to the Middle East, right? LOVED that one. It was a little gem, completely self-sufficient, too.

Hey, have you read Kate Morton's The House at Riverton? You might enjoy it.

Katya said...

I've not read every one of the Mary Russell books -- in fact, O Jerusalem was one that I missed. It's on my wish list to read next.

The House at Riverton keeps showing up in my amazon recommendations and I was considering getting it.

Marshamlow said...

I have similar problems finding books at Amazon sometimes. Weird. Thanks for all the great book reviews.

Katya said...

It's weird to me that amazon is that way sometimes -- I don't get it.

Samantha said...

I have heard nothing but good things about this writer and her Mary Russell books - another to add to the wishlist!

p.s. I have a new blog home - (formerly nutmeg of anothernutter)

Katya said...

Yay, Samantha! I'm glad to know where you are and where your new blog is.

I think you would like the Mary Russell books.

Jesmi said...

Thanks for all the great book reviews.

sari said...

This sounds like a good book!