The Illusion of Murder & The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Book Pairing

The Illusion of Murder    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

This is the first time I am comparing mystery books.  These novels were both very good, but that isn’t the only thread that ties them together.  They are each considered historical mysteries and feature female sleuths at their finest.  They take place in relatively the same time period (Victorian Age), so the tone is similar.  The stories are set right after the industrial revolution—the language, clothing and habits in both make you feel immersed in the history of those days.  The difference between these mysteries is that McCleary’s character, Nellie Bly, was an actual person who did travel around the world to beat a record that Jules Verne had set when he wrote his book Around the World in Eighty Days.  King’s heroine, Mary Russell, is a fictional person who is supposed to be Sherlock Holmes’ wife.  Another difference is the fact that Nellie Bly is an American who finds herself in several exotic places (while trying to solve a murder), whereas Mary Russell is British and most of her sleuthing takes place in England.  Despite the slower pace, the puzzle to the mysteries are solved and a culprit is caught, thereby keeping us entertained till the end.

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6 Responses to The Illusion of Murder & The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

  1. Jenn says:

    Have you read The House of Silk by Horowitz yet? It is the only Sherlock Holmes novel to be authorized by the Conan Doyle estate.

  2. Eric says:

    Kudos for this post. I think your blog post is extremely interesting. Thanks!

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