Top notch Sherlock Holmsiana! And a great mystery, too.
From back cover:
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.
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)
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!
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.
Sherlock Holmes has retired to Sussex Downs with his wife, Mary Russell. Just before total boredom sets in, Mary's friend, Dorothy Ruskin, a noted amateur archeologist working in the Middle East, pays a visit. Her subsequent "accidental" death embroils both of the Holmes in a religious mystery.
A wonderful pastiche and feminist mystery. A good read!