In 1915, long since retired from his observations of criminal humanity, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybee behaviour on the Sussex Downs. Never did he think to meet an intellect to match his own - until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a very modern fifteen-year-old whose mental acuity is equaled only by her audacity, tenacity, and penchant for trousers and cloth caps.
Under Holmes' tutelage, Russell hones her talent for deduction, disguises, and danger: in the chilling case of a landowner's mysterious fever and in a kidnapping in the wilds of Wales. But her ultimate challenge is yet to come. Soon the two sleuths are on the trail o fa murderer whose machinations scatter meaningless clues... but whose objective is quite unequivocal: to end Russell and Holmes's partnership - and their lives.
Oh, my poor, poor Watson! Tossed aside for a skinny little "audacious" scrap of a Sue! Oh, gods. Poor Holmes. Why, why do people do this? There are six others. And already I am in ways rooting for the villain. "A very modern fifteen-year-old?" Who cross-dresses? And is a "match for Holmes' intelligence?" Blasphemy! Profanity! *wibble*
And this is for school. O.O