King, Laurie R. The God of the Hive.
King's novels about Mary Russell have long been favorites, although I admit that The Language of Bees was less satisfactory than most. All is now forgiven, because while King left us hanging in Bees, she made up for it in The God of the Hive.
After the events in the previous novel, Russell and Holmes are forced to separate: Holmes takes the wounded Damian Adler and ends up in Holland and Russell takes Estelle and begins working her way toward London.
King spends more time developing her characters in this novel and the two men who give their best efforts for Mary and Estelle are my favorites. I really enjoyed Javits, the pilot from the previous novel, and new character, Robert Goodman, a charming, if slightly mad young man drawn in largely by the presence of the child, Estelle. Estelle's positive influence on both men and on Mary keeps things lively.
Mycroft has disappeared, adding another layer of mystery to the novel since Mycroft like Holmes is so remarkable in intellect that for events to overcome him...well, to say more would be to give too much away.
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Fiction. Mystery. 2010. 368 pages.