There are always two sides to each story.
And that makes for good storytelling as Laurie R. King shows in her "e-novella" Beekeeping for Beginners.
Back in 1994, King imagined a meeting between 15-year-old Mary Russell and the retired Sherlock Holmes in the brilliant The Beekeeper's Apprentice.
It was an inspired meeting that lead to Russell and Holmes becoming partners and, through the 11 novels, a devoted couple. The Pirate King, the latest novel in the series, comes out in September.
But even the best stories can be revisited.
In the "e-novella," Beekeeping for Beginners gives a new and exciting twist to the Russell-Holmes meeting.
Beekeeping for Beginners goes on sale July 6 in e-book format. There's no denying that e-books are taking over and I think offering a short story or "e-novella" electronically is a brilliant piece of marketing.
The Beekeepers Apprentice was nominated for the Agatha best novel award and was deemed a Notable Young Adult book by the American Library Association.
The Beekeepers Apprentice also is a personal favorite. I would have loved to have had this novel when I was a teenager. The Beekeepers Apprentice shows an intelligent, confident young woman -- a girl power for the ages.
But The Beekeepers Apprentice cuts across all ages and it works perfectly well for adult readers.
Here's what the mystery fan can look forward to on TV this month.
RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT, July 11 at 10 p.m.) Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) return for the second series in this police procedural based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.
THE CLOSER (TNT, July 11 at 9 p.m.) This will be the final season for Kyra Sedgwick as the unorthodox, and very polite but determined, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. But we won't be done with this L.A. police squad. The Closer will spin off a new series about Mary McDonnell’s Captain Raydor.
DAMAGES (DirecTV, July 13, at 9 p.m.) Glenn Close's legal barracuda returns for the fourth season.
ZEN (PBS, July 17, at 9 p.m.) Michael Dibdin's series about Aurelio Zen makes its three-episode debut. The good news is that it's shot in Rome. The better news is it stars Rufus Sewell.
Photo: The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick and Jon Tenney. TNT photo