Waiting on Wednesday: The Language of Bees

The Language of BeesThis is the first edition of Waiting on Wednesday here at MsBookish.com – each Waiting on Wednesday, I will be discussing a book that is to be released that I can’t wait to get my hands on. This week’s Waiting on Wednesday book is The Language of Bees, by Laurie R. King, the latest book in the Mary Russell series, which will be released on April 28, 2009.

If you’re not familiar with the Mary Russell series, and you like Sherlock Holmes and/or a good, well-written and complex mystery, you’re in for a real treat. The first book in the series is the excellent The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

As for The Language of Bees, here’s the full scoop, according to Random House:

In a case that will push their relationship to the breaking point, Mary Russell must help reverse the greatest failure of her legendary husband’s storied past—a painful and personal defeat that still has the power to sting…this time fatally.

For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve—the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes’s beloved hives.

But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from her husband’s past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with—and exonerated from—murder. Now the talented and troubled young man was enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.

When it comes to communal behavior, Russell has often observed that there are many kinds of madness. And before this case yields its shattering solution, she’ll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to a bizarre religious cult, from the demimonde of the Café Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young woman’s past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced—a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.

A lot of great fun comes about because of book blogging: I was fortunate enough to learn of the pending release of The Language of Bees when I signed up for the Baker Street Challenge, and immediately scooted over to my local library’s website, where I discovered that they had the book “On Order”. I promptly placed a request, and to my delight, I am first in the queue!

A further treat? While I was scouting around for more information about the book, I also discovered Laurie King’s blog. You can learn more about the writing of The Language of the Bees here.

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