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The Notched Hairpin Horror strikes when killer bees swarm amok in the seemingly idyllic hamlet of Ashton Clearwater.
Even more sinister is the discovery that the angry swarms were programmed to kill by a mad, ingenious apiarist named Heregrove. Leave it to one of the village's honey addicts - the hapless, reclusive Sydney Silchester - to stumble unwittingly onto Heregrove's diabolical scheme.
Silchester's sweet tooth leads him to the indomitable Mr. Mycroft, a retired beekeeper possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of bees and a Holmesian penchant for sleuthing.
By matching wits and strategies, the persnickety Silchester and the determined Mycroft seek to thwart Heregrove and his stinging minions before they strike again.
Listed among the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones of essential mystery fiction, H. Heard's masterpiece became a runaway bestseller, provoking Baker Street Irregulars founder Christopher Morley to declare it "the most original and enchanting crime story of the year.
Until the last few years, there had been quite a lot of bee-keeping in the Ashton Clearwater district.
But lately nobody, except the sinister and solitary Heregroves, had managed to make their bees thrive. This was tiresome for Sydney Silchester who had gone to the country to be on his own and undisturbed by friends and garrulous neighbors.
It was even more tiresome for him when Mrs. Heregrove was stung to death by her husband's bees. His situation suddenly became fraught with mysterious terror when he met his extraordinary neighbor, Mr. Mycroft, a scientific apiarist who had made discoveries about Heregrove's bees which pointed to murder on wings.
The true identity of this magnificent, inscrutable old gentleman is a deep secret--but there are echoes of Baker Street in his voice, and a familiar gleam in his eyes that miss no clue. In A Taste for Honey, he meets one of the most sinister murderers of all time, and encounters one of the most fiendishly ingenious murder methods ever devised.
Chesterton and John Wyndham; Heard has Chesterton's conviction that the most important mysteries are moral questions reaching beyond 'whodunnit,' and he shares Wyndham's fascination with the disquieting, almost alien forces that threaten the quiet of pastoral England.
But Heard's style is entirely his own. Few crime novels of the period take quite so much pleasure in language, except maybe for the lyrical evocation of the mean streets of the American private eye, but even then Heard is definitely of the English school; his prose is more rarefied than muscular.
Christopher Pittard, distinguished University of Exeter scholar of British Detective Fiction "With a seemingly omniscient detective, a reluctant sidekick and a disturbed rural idyll, A Taste for Honey is firmly embedded in the Golden Age detective genre.
Yet it also seeks answers for wide-reaching questions about personal responsibility and ethics, questions which anticipate later developments in the genre. Heard's A Taste for Honey was the first significant book-length Sherlock Holmes pastiche, and it remains one of the very best.
This new edition should be welcomed by all lovers of classic detective fiction. Breen, noted mystery and crime-detective wiriter, scholar and critic "The narrator of A Taste for Honey is a prissy dilettante who closely guards his privacy from the hubbub of the tranquil English village he has moved to.
Silchester likes honey, is persnickety about its quality and therefore seeks out the only beekeeper in the neighborhood.
But there is something odd about his supplier, who is unfriendlier than Silchester himself. When the beekeeper's wife dies horribly of bee stings, Silchester becomes the next-intended victim of a killer who is experimentally breeding fatal bees.
A triumph of ingenuity and horrific simplicity. The most original contribution in many years. The vast majority of them have been written for the author's self-aggrandizement.
They also don't capture the essence of the Victorian era and some don't even try. Professor Moriarty, Irene Adler, a long chase scene, an international crisis, famous personages - one or all of them are often present.
The more absurd ones have Holmes trekking off to the United States to solve a case. Having him get married or piloting an airplane as an octogenarian even occurs in several instances. The best thing about all these imitations is they show how good the original stories were by comparison.
Heard eschewed the above. Mycroft tales are not pretentious but instead encompass the style of the 'old-fashioned' mystery.As a field of literary practice, the Filipino novel in English is constructed out of a series of paradoxes. Created out of the solitary act of writing and consumed through the solitary act of mute.
Jan 01, · Batuman’s first novel, which draws hungrily on The Possessed, her memoir of traveling through Russia while reading Russian literature, is a story about falling in love.
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