|Author||H. F. Heard|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Followed by||Reply Paid|
A Taste for Honey is a 1941 mystery novel by H. F. Heard.
A Taste for Honey was the first of three novels Heard wrote about a Mr. Mycroft, strongly implied to be an elderly Sherlock Holmes in retirement on the Sussex Downs. The novel's two sequels are Reply Paid (1945) and The Notched Hairpin (1949). Heard also wrote two short stories featuring the detective for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine: "Mr. Montalba, Obsequist" (September 1945) and "The Enchanted Garden" (March 1949).
The novel was loosely adapted into a 1967 British horror film, The Deadly Bees, directed by Freddie Francis. Robert Bloch, who admired the novel, hewed closely to it in his original screenplay; however, before production began, the screenplay was heavily rewritten by Anthony Marriott, removing most connections with the book.
- The Final Solution, another novel whose detective is implied to be Holmes in retirement
- DeAndrea, William L. (1994), Encyclopedia Mysteriosa, London: Macmillan, p. 159
- Queen, Ellery (1946), To the Queen's Taste: The First Supplement to 101 Years' Entertainment: Consisting of the Best Stories Published in the First Four Years of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Boston: Little, Brown and Co., p. 322
- Kaye, Marvin (1995), The Game Is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches, and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes, New York: St. Martin's Press, p. 123
- Morley, Christopher; Rothman, Steven (1990), The Standard Doyle Company: Christopher Morley on Sherlock Holmes, New York: Fordham University Press, p. 112
- Chandler, Raymond; MacShane, Frank (1981), Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler, New York: Columbia University Press, p. 416
- Nollen, Scott Allen (1991), Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., p. 338
- Francis, Freddie; Dalton, Tony (2013), Freddie Francis: The Straight Story from Moby Dick to Glory: A Memoir, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, p. 142
- Schweitzer, Darrell; Mallett, Daryl F. (1994), Speaking of Horror: Interviews with Writers of the Supernatural, San Bernardino, CA: Borgo Press, pp. 14–15