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Getting lost in a book

Monday, March 30, 2020

It was a grey, rainy Sunday, so I decided to be elsewhere -- engaged in an interesting book.

My favorites are mysteries, and today's book was an historical fiction mystery: The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
The premise is not one I would have preferred - a smart teenage girl, Mary Russell, who develops a relationship with a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside - but the writing was good and the plot held my interest throughout. Russell grows her skills under Holmes' tutelage and together they outwit their enemies.

England is always a setting that appeals to me, and when packaged with the entertaining and convoluted processes used by Sherlock Holmes to resolve problems, the story was very satisfying.

It succeeded in lifting me up and away from this pandemic world for a day to another place and time.

This book would not be for everyone, but it worked well for the day.
If I were making recommendations for more serious fiction, I would have to mention my favorite authors. One is a Canadian author, Mary Lawson, and the other is Ian McEwan.


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