A Taste for Honey (Mr. Mycroft Commemorative)
October 22nd, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Horror strikes when killer bees swarm amok in the seemingly idyllic hamlet of Ashton Clearwater. Even more sinister is the discovery that the angry swarms were programmed to kill by a mad, ingenious apiarist named Heregrove. Leave it to one of the village’s honey addicts—the hapless, reclusive Sydney Silchester—to stumble unwittingly onto Heregrove’s diabolical scheme. Silchester’s sweet tooth leads him to the indomitable Mr. Mycroft, a retired beekeeper possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of bees and a Holmesian penchant for sleuthing. By matching wits and strategies, the persnickety Silchester and the determined Mycroft seek to thwart Heregrove and his stinging minions before they strike again. “We may know whodunit, but the question of ‘why’ is altogether more disturbing,” writes Stacy Gillis, Ph.D., who contributes a new foreword to this reissue of the 1941 detective-fiction classic, A Taste for Honey. Listed among the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones of essential mystery fiction, H. F. Heard’s masterpiece became a runaway bestseller, provoking Baker Street Irregulars founder Christopher Morley to declare it “the most original and enchanting crime story of the year.” Loosely adapted into the 1967 movie, “The Deadly Bees,” A Taste for Honey is required reading for all Sherlockian aficionados. “More than 30 years before Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven Percent Solution opened the floodgates of Sherlockian imitation, H. F. Heard’s A Taste for Honey was the first significant book-length Sherlock Holmes pastiche, and it remains one of the very best. This new edition should be welcomed by all lovers of classic detective fiction.” —Jon L. Breen, noted mystery writer “H. F. Heard’s ... Mr. Mycroft tales ... encompass the style of the ‘old-fashioned’ mystery. A delightful read.!” —Paul D. Herbert, member Baker Street Irregulars H.F. Heard (1889–1971) lived several fascinating lives. Using the name Gerald Heard, this remarkable polymath published a number of ground-breaking books that infl uenced thinkers of his generation. When writing under the name of H. F. Heard, his fertile mind produced several imaginative and well-received mysteries, including a huge bestseller, A Taste for Honey, now reprinted in this commemorative Blue Dolphin edition. Acclaimed by Boris Karloff , Christopher Morley, and Rex Stout, A Taste for Honey is sure to produce spine-tingling moments of terror for a new generation of mystery lovers.

Product Details

  • Series: Mr. Mycroft Commemorative
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Dolphin Publishing, Inc (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577332156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577332152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces

Customer Reviews


 on November 23, 2014
By Deb T.
Relentless. Absorbing. Wonderful!

Holmes gets to the bottom of it!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 18, 2016
By Kindle Customer
I was given an ARC for an honest review. While I liked the book, I could not give it 5 start. The foreward and discussion aftewards just made me not want to. I understand some of the comparisons etc. but really, I was much happier left with my own thoughts about the book. I also was left being afraid that I might start hearing bees so then again, maybe I should have given it a 5. It was terrifying to think it could have actually happend. The book is the tale told from the point of Sydney Silchester, an odd recluse , and his search for loval honey. The loval bee keepers wife has been killed by their own bees and the hives have been ordered to be destroyed. Mr. Silchester then goes in search of another local bee keeper selling honey but for some reason, there aren't many in that area. He stumbles upon a strange sign posted and that is how he meets Mycroft. Instead of just getting the honey and escaping back to his solitude, Mycroft keeps his and even serves him lunch. He tells him how the bee keeper has murdered his wife and hows him proof. Depsite Mycroft's warnings of how dangerous the man is, Sydney goes back to buy more honey and puts himself in danger of becoming the next victim. After a good scare, he sends for Mycroft and he goes along with Mycroft's plan. Both men know that there will be no arrest or conviction of the bee keeper for either his wife's murder or the attempter murder of Silchester. Sydney then becomes an unwilling accomplice when Mycroft takes matters into his own hands. It is very interesting and very detailed and thought out. Knowing that this book was originally written decades ago, I am so impressed with how much and how thorough the details of the events were written.

Fun--If you enjoy Sherlock, you'll enjoy this.

One person found this helpful.
 on August 14, 2016
By Susan Drees
If you enjoy classic Sherlock Holmes-type mysteries, I am quite sure you will enjoy this novella, a Mr Mycroft story, being republished and reintroduced to contemporary audiences now. The principal character is also the narrator, introduced to the action because of his penchant for seeking out local honey after he moves to the countryside. He is a man who values his solitary life but then comes to find that he may need some help for his source of honey may, in fact, be lethal!

A Great taste for Honey

One person found this helpful.
 on August 13, 2016
By Kindle Customer
A Taste For Honey: A Mycroft Holmes Mystery

A solid and very recommended read that should not be ignored

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 17, 2009
By Midwest Book Review
It's obvious there's evil in the world, but why? There is the question. "A Taste for Honey" is the story of killer bees and the man who has trained them, and the unknowing man who has stumbled into it and is left wondering why. Combing zoology, mystery, and psychology for a highly unique story, "A Taste for Honey" is a solid and very recommended read that should not be ignored.

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