The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I liked this book better than the previous book, The Language of Bees. The “two books as one story” concept, however, did not work for me, simply, I think, because they were not released at the same time. Once I got my hands on this book, some time since I read the previous book had passed. I had forgotten some of the story and much of the detail from The Language of Bees. This book seemed obtuse, and unnecessarily complicated to me. I really enjoyed The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and, especially, Locked Rooms, but am worried that Laurie R. King is using some gimmicks to sell books. Alternatively, perhaps she is mimicking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s style rather than developing her style further.

I was very glad to see Mycroft show up in Chapter 60. What a relief! The story began to make more sense and I could see the resolution coming once he was back in the saddle.

I did enjoy the character of Robert Goodman. I am glad his body wasn’t found, because that means he may show up again. I didn’t understand the Peter James West character. He was spooky and dangerous, that was clear, but to what end?

I really hope Ms. King gets back to the style of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

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