The Language of Bees is another well-written, gripping, excellent offering in the Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series (if you’re not familiar with the series, I reviewed the first book a few years ago and have been picking them up when I get a chance ever since). This one features the son Holmes never knew he had, who reappears in his life to ask for Holmes’ help in solving the disappearance of two missing persons.
Holmes and Russell do a lot of investigating separately in this novel, although every time they do end up together comparing notes it’s a lot of fun. I have no problem with Mary Russell, the narrator, as the main investigator, though, because I find her quite strong enough to carry the story on her own. I did not understand why, early in the novel, she spent so much time trying to figure out a mundane puzzle about Holmes’ beehives — the bee story didn’t connect to the main plot at all, so I’m assuming there was an important thematic connection that was too subtle for me. On the other hand, although some aspects of the mystery are resolved in this book, it ends with the words “To Be Continued” and a number of loose ends left untied … so there’s obviously more to be revealed in the next volume of the series. Which I will definitely be reading!!