The God of the Hive: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
October 22nd, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath of a murderous secret organization bent on infiltrating the government. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with limitless resources and powerful connections.

Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. But has the couple made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them?

A hermit with a mysterious past and a beautiful young female doctor with a secret, a cruelly scarred flyer and an obsessed man of the cloth: Everyone Russell and Holmes meet could either speed their safe reunion or betray them to their enemies—in the most complex, shocking, and deeply personal case of their career.

Product Details

  • Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553590413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553590418
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

terrific conclusion to The Language of Bees

One person found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2011
By audrey frances
I am a big fan of this series, though I wasn't thrilled with The Language of Bees. I thought some goofy changes were launched and didn't particularly like the new characters, Holmes's new relatives and villains included; I also didn't appreciate a two-volume arc where I had to wait so long to get the conclusion. That said, I really enjoyed this novel. Point of view alternated between Holmes and Russell, maybe a 2 to 1 ratio, and both were great. Holmes' part involved a lot of detection and his unique take on events unfolding, while Russell's part was fun and introduced a spectacular character, Robert Goodman -- a shell-shocked veteran of WW1 who rescues Russell and crew from a crashed plane. Goodman is fantastic, and I loved every scene with him in it. We see a bit of Mycroft, which is good, and not much of Holmes's son, which is even better.

A turning point for the series?

15 people found this helpful.
 on April 27, 2010
By Laura de Leon
With this book, I feel that the series has reached a turning point. Laurie R. King has grown as a writer, Mary Russell has grown as a character, and the books have become something bigger than they were before.

Just what you'd expect in a Holmes/Russell story

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 14, 2010
By Amazon Customer
The God of the Hive takes place immediately after the events of The Language of Bees. Though most of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books can stand alone and even The Language of the Bees seemed to end with only a small potential problem, these two books are two halves of the same story. The ending of The Language of Bees has Holmes and his wounded companion trying to get to safety and medical care. Meanwhile, Russell is heading off with Estelle (a small child they'd rescued) looking to get back to London and safety.

Recommended for established fans

6 people found this helpful.
 on April 13, 2010
By Karl
Recommended for fans of the series.

King is back on her game!

6 people found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2010
By mojosmom
If you read my review of King's last book, 

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