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A Letter of Mary: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock… (original 1996; edition 2007)

by Laurie R. King

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Title:A Letter of Mary: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Mary Russell Novels)
Authors:Laurie R. King
Info:Picador (2007), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 304 pages
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Mary Russell has noted the tell-tale signs of boredom in her husband, Sherlock Holmes, when his mind is not being stimulated with a case. His malaise ends when the couple receives an unexpected visit from a former acquaintance, Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archeologist. Ms. Ruskin is seeking Mary's assistance in authenticating and translating a 1st century papyrus letter reportedly written by Mary Magdalene. Leaving the letter with Russell, she returns to London only to be killed in an apparent hit-in-run accident. However, when the couple begins looking into the accident they begin to believe that it was murder.

Although I do enjoy Laurie King's writing and the relationship between Holmes and Russell, I believe that Sherlock Holmes himself summed up this novel at the end when he tells Russell, "I had such hope for this case...it's hardly worthy of any attention." ( )
  John_Warner | Nov 19, 2018 |
Very well written. No big surprises but never feels like a formula. Glad I still have more adventures to read. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
Mary Russell who started off being mentored by Sherlock Holmes has become his wife and works with him on come cases. Holmes, himself, is semi-retired from detective work and they live in his former bachelor pad Sussex where he raises bees and Mary works on getting her degree from Oxford while also building a life with her new husband.
An acquaintance of Mary's, an archaeologist Dorothy Ruskin, visits them, and gives Mary a letter she found on a dig in the Middle East. The letter is believed to have been written by Mary Magdalene to her sister. The next day, Ruskin is found dead, after she is hit by a car in London. Holmes and Russell of course get involved, as they suspect that Ruskin was murdered for some reason. The same day, Holmes's house is broken into and searched. Which furthers suspicion that it was murder and not an accident.
The rest of the story involves their investigation, with some help from the son of Inspector Lestrade and Sherlock's older brother Mycroft. Both Holmes and Mary follow two very different suspects; one a misogynist Colonel, the other Dorothy's sister.

This book has a very good plot line with interesting characters, lots of suspense and intrigue, which makes this a very though provoking book. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
Mary Russell who started off being mentored by Sherlock Holmes has become his wife and works with him on come cases. Holmes, himself, is semi-retired from detective work and they live in his former bachelor pad Sussex where he raises bees and Mary works on getting her degree from Oxford while also building a life with her new husband.
An acquaintance of Mary's, an archaeologist Dorothy Ruskin, visits them, and gives Mary a letter she found on a dig in the Middle East. The letter is believed to have been written by Mary Magdalene to her sister. The next day, Ruskin is found dead, after she is hit by a car in London. Holmes and Russell of course get involved, as they suspect that Ruskin was murdered for some reason. The same day, Holmes's house is broken into and searched. Which furthers suspicion that it was murder and not an accident.
The rest of the story involves their investigation, with some help from the son of Inspector Lestrade and Sherlock's older brother Mycroft. Both Holmes and Mary follow two very different suspects; one a misogynist Colonel, the other Dorothy's sister.

This book has a very good plot line with interesting characters, lots of suspense and intrigue, which makes this a very though provoking book. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
Of all the mystery series I've started in recent months, I think this would fall under the category of literary mystery. King is simply an astounding writer, and I can't get enough of her portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and his fiesty partner/wife, Mary Russell. This one was especially fun, as the murder of one of Russell's friends coincides with the right to vote for women. Intelligent and simply darn good writing. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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... I would terrify you by letters. (The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 10:9)
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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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When an old archaeologist friend is killed shortly after leaving a document with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes that suggests that Mary Magdalene was an apostle, the two are drawn into a game with a clever murderer.

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