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A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King

A Letter of Mary (1996)

by Laurie R. King

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Series: Mary Russell (3)

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I very much adored the beginning, middle and almost all the way to the end of this installment of Mary Russell and Sherlock. The end felt a bit hasty to me though, and a little bit out of character (albeit necessarily). ( )
  Jackie_Sassa | Nov 20, 2015 |
I'm completely in love with Mary Russell! Sherlock Holmes is kinda nifty too, for a guy :-) ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
Two years into marriage with the much-older Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell—yes, she still uses that name and her husband still calls her Russell, as he always has—is continuing her theology work when she is interrupted by the visit of an old friend. The amateur archeologist brings a provocative ancient papyrus—and promptly gets murdered. Investigations ensue.

Lord Peter Wimsey makes a cameo appearance here, which is especially appropriate as King’s portrayal of Holmes’ and Russell’s marriage clearly owes something to Wimsey’s marriage with Harriet Vane: A union of two very strong characters, with separate as well as joint interests, and a wife’s struggle to keep up with her own work while supporting a hyperintelligent and rather moody husband. ( )
  jholcomb | Oct 25, 2015 |
The third of the Mary Russel and Sherlock Holmes series. The series is sort of mindless fun. After reading three in this series and one from her contemporary Kate Maatinelli series, I see more and more of the author's somewhat radical feminist perspective. In this one, the "letter" is a discovered parchment from the time of Jesus which, if released, would turn the patriarchy of the Church on its head. Interesting. I will keep reading the series as breaks from more serious choices. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
trite and as bad as the last one, I shall probably not bother continuing the series.

A friend fleeting mentioned in the first book, calls to visit and leaves Mary with an ornate box containing a letter from the previously unknown as a disciple Mary of Magdalene. Shortly after the friend dies and Holmes' immediately spots that it could have been murder - this is the only interesting bit of the whole book as we get a bit of deductive reasoning and some banter with the young LestradeII. There are a few possibilities of perpetrators but rather than try and be clever about it they just brute force a solution by watching all of them. Which is dull.

The original religious pamphlet bears no influence on the plot and is only there as I presume another step in the road to King attempting to convert SH. I shall read no more as they are irritating rather than enjoyable, but a shame because the first was so good. ( )
  reading_fox | May 5, 2015 |
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... I would terrify you by letters. (The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 10:9)
For my brother Leahcim Drawde Nosdrahcir and his family, from his sister Eiraul Eel.
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The envelope slapped down onto the desk ten inches from my much-abused eyes, instantly obscuring the black lines of Hebrew letters that had begun to quiver an hour before.
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Sherlock Holmes and his scholarly companion Mary Russell are caught up in an exciting mystery when an archaeologist leaves them with a treasured find, a papyrus supposedly written by Mary Magdalene. When the archaeoligist winds up dead and someone attempts to make off with the artifact, Holmes and Russel become embroiled in a rollicking story filled with political intrigue and highbrow sleuthing. The level of writing hasn't been higher in this Laurie King series.

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Late in the summer of 1923, Mary Russell Holmes and her husband, the illustrious Sherlock Holmes, are ensconced in their home on the Sussex Downs, giving themselves over to their studies: Russell to her theology, and Holmes to his malodorous chemical experiments. Interrupting the idyllic scene, amateur archaeologist Miss Dorothy Ruskin visits with a startling puzzle. Working in the Holy Land, she has unearthed a tattered roll of papyrus with a message from Mary Magdalene. Miss Ruskin wants Russell to safeguard the letter. But when Miss Ruskin is killed in a traffic accident, Russell and Holmes find themselves on the trail of a fiendishly clever murderer. Clearly there was more to Miss Ruskin than met the eye. But why was she murdered? Was it her involvement in the volatile politics of the Holy Land? Was it her championing of women's rights? Or was it the scroll--a deeply troubling letter that could prove to be a Biblical bombshell? In either case, Russell and Holmes soon find that solving her murder may be murder itself.… (more)

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