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A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3)
A Letter of Mary - Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3
Author: Laurie R. King
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 w...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312146702
ISBN-10: 0312146701
Publication Date: 1/1997
Pages: 276
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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cathyskye avatar reviewed A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3) on + 1975 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
For some reason, I thought the book that revealed Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes to be married would have a bit more fanfare surrounding the event, but it is stated as a matter of fact. (Those of you who think I just fell headlong into the spoiler pit, think again. The marriage is mentioned in the very first line of the synopsis.) Although there is no celebration, readers do see the two trying to become accustomed to being a pair, such as when Holmes says

"I am not criticising, Russell. There is nothing wrong with the way you gather information-- far from it, in fact. It is only that I still find it difficult to accustom myself to being half of a creature with two brains and four eyes. A superior creature to a single detective, no doubt, but it takes some getting used to."

A Letter of Mary is filled with witty repartee, and an entire section is given over to Mary's undercover work as a private secretary to two possible suspects: a wealthy man and his lecherous son. (The scene in which Mary takes care of the son is well worth the price of admission.) In addition to the two suspects, readers see this formidable pair of detectives working with the son of Inspector Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes, and one of the Baker Street Irregulars, among others, making this third book in the series have the best cast of secondary characters so far.

With a manuscript of such incendiary potential, I was hoping for some fireworks by book's end, but they didn't really materialize. What does materialize is the continuing "humanization" of Sherlock Holmes. Laurie R. King does a superb job of "appropriating" the world's greatest detective that we all know and love and showing that he is capable, not only of great love and affection, but of a relationship with a very strong and intelligent woman who is every bit his match. Conan Doyle allowed us a glimpse of Holmes' heart in his stories, and in King's series, we see it beating strongly. Is it any wonder that I'm hooked?
reviewed A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3) on + 1544 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Top notch Sherlock Holmsiana! And a great mystery, too.

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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.
dbs avatar reviewed A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3) on + 329 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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.(Amazon)
redheadindian avatar reviewed A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3) on + 55 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Working in the Holy Land, an archaeologist discovers a tattered roll of papyrus with a message from Mary Magdalene. She takes it to Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell Holmes to investigate. The archaeologist is killed in a traffic accident and the Holmeses find themselves on the trail of a clever killer. Great book!
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Helpful Score: 1
Mary Russell Holmes and her husband Sherlock become immersed in a deadly conspiracy surrounding a recently unearthed scroll written by Mary Magdelene. Not the best in the series, but well-written and fast-paced.
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reviewed A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Bk 3) on + 1221 more book reviews
The characters are so much fun and the interplay between Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes is so realistic for a husband and wife duo that I found myself laughing at times. I gave this one three stars because the author gave away too many details much too soon for my taste. However, this is a fun read threaded with Greek words and symbols (brought statistics courses back to mind). The premise that a letter written by Mary Magdalene had surfaced after all these years seems almost impossible but since I know little about how it might survive in airless conditions in a closed container I accept the author's premise albeit with doubt. The character of the eccentric amateur archaeologist is interesting and colorful. She added so much to the plot and the story. Entertaining read!


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