One Must Tell the Bees
J. Lawrence Matthews
19 hours 14 minutes
East Dean Press
publisher May 22, 2021
About the book:
One Must Tell the Bees is the untold story of Sherlock Holmes’ journey from the streets of London to the White House of Abraham Lincoln and, in company with a freed slave named after the dead president, their breathtaking pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. It is the very first case of the man who would become known to the world as Sherlock Holmes, and as listeners will discover, it will haunt him until his very last.
I am really torn on this one. I always seem to love a book in a book and the weaving of a story around Abraham Lincoln gave me the feels that I last remember when seeing Hamilton. But at over 19 hours, it is not for the faint of heart. Not sure if it should have been broken down into more than one book or edited, but I found myself listening and then taking breaks from this one. I can’t really pinpoint if it was the idea in the back of my mind with the daunting length or something else.
In addition to weaving Sherlock Holmes into the events at the end of the civil war and the assassination, it also brings up a lot of history of Sherlock Holmes and weaves that through the story. I really did like the elements of Holmes and Lincoln woven so seamlessly into the story. And I love when there’s an aha moment when the title makes sense.
If you are a civil war buff or a lover of Sherlock Holmes and love a long book, you should like this one.