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A taste for honey

by Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
In the countryside of Victorian England, a recluse and a beekeeper team up to catch a cunning villain.

In a quiet village far from the noise of Victorian London, Sydney Silchester lives the life of a recluse led by two passions: privacy and honey. He gives up the former only when his stores of the latter run low. But when his honey supplier is found stung to death by her hive, the search for a new beekeeper takes Sydney to Mr. Mycroft, a brilliant man who has retired to Sussex to take up precisely this occupation, and who shares many traits with the great detective, Sherlock Holmes. Upon hearing of the tragic death of the village's other beekeeper, Mycroft, himself no stranger to crime-solving, immediately senses the bloody hand of murder. But what villain would have the mad intelligence to train an army of killer bees? With Sydney at his side, Mycroft embarks on a life-threatening search for the perpetrator of this most diabolical crime.

Hailed by author, critic, and famed Sherlock Holmes scholar Christopher Morley as the only worthwhile continuation of the Holmes novels, A Taste for Honey is an engaging and terrifying mystery that proves enjoyable even to those with little to no knowledge of Doyle's characters.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When this Holmes pastiche was published in 1941, some mighty names Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Christopher Morley were effusive in their praise. Then came limbo, but now a new generation can sample the book for themselves. Sydney Silchester is a young fogy retired early to the countryside. His love of honey brings him to a beekeeper who could be a mass murderer in training. Before Sydney can become a victim, he's adopted by elderly neighbor Mr. Mycroft. Who is he, we wonder? The Master's older brother? Holmes himself, being coy? Either way, this old windbag peculiar specific affinities between the olfactory sense of one particular species isn't what either Sherlock or Mycroft sounded like. Or maybe this Mr. Mycroft is trying, Columbo-like, to use being underrated as a strategy? What works well here is the way Mr. Mycroft echoes Holmes' empiricism, exalting the evidence of the senses and seeing danger in ignoring it. Thus, a glimpse of a white rag is enough to begin the killer's undoing. Holmes' pastiches are a tricky thing, given fans' devotion to the original, but this one, despite some oddities, deserves its republication.--Don Crinklaw Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A love of honey leads Sydney Silchester, the curmudgeonly narrator of this solid entry from Heard (1889-1971) in the American Mystery Classics series, to the door of the Heregroves, the only beekeepers in the environs of the English village of Ashton Clearwater. When, some months later, Mrs. Heregrove is stung to death by a swarm of her own bees, Silchester is distressed: how will he satisfy his sweet tooth? Out for a walk, he notices a neatly written sign posted on a gate advertising surplus honey. Up the garden path he goes and meets Mr. Mycroft, whom he subsequently describes as "a very remarkable man... a little vain and fanciful and rather exhausting to be with." Mycroft embraces him as a Watson-like companion in adventure, and the game is afoot as they investigate the bee-stinging death. At the time of its first publication in 1941, this novel was met with great rejoicing among Sherlock Holmes fans, though contemporary readers may struggle to care about Silchester and his schemes. That said, there is fun to be had in reading Silchester's self-absorbed narration. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Otto Penzler's classic American mystery library.
Subjects Beekeepers -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Contributors Penzler, Otto, writer of introduction.
Language English
Description vii, 189 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781613161203
1613161212
9781613161210
1613161204
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