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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or the Segregation of the Queen (1994)
Laurie R. King

A retired Sherlock Holmes, now tending bees in Sussex Downs, develops a friendship with a 15 year old orphan named Mary Russell. By all accounts, Mary proves to be a great partner for Holmes as they attempt to solve a mystery and put many lives at risk.

Contributed by Karl-Dieter Crisman

Mary's mathematical studies at college eventually give her the clues needed to uncover - almost too late - the leader of a crime syndicate even more powerful than that of Holmes' old nemesis, the late Professor Moriarty. The nature of Moriarty's research into binomial theorems is elucidated somewhat, but not so much in the manner of a plot device, while bases other than ten play a more key role in a major puzzle (saying more would give away too much). Mathematicians are portrayed in varying ways, ranging from deranged to serene.

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Mathematical Content:
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4/5 (3 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery,
MotifEvil mathematicians, Mental Illness, Female Mathematicians, Sherlock Holmes,

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