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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
King set a new paradigm for Holmesian scholarship with her inspired invention of a retired, still energetic Sherlock Holmes who trained young Mary Russell in The Beekeeper's Apprentice (1994) and then embraced her as a professional partner and wife (A Monstrous Regiment of Women, 1995). This third in the series, set in 1923, involves the suspicious death of Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archeologist recently returned from Palestine, who gave Mary, an academic theologian, a letter dated about A.D. 70 written by "Mariam the Apostle" to her sister in Magdala. Mary Magdalene? An Apostle? Holmes and "Mrs. Sherlock," as Lord Peter Wimsey addresses her in a funny cameo, collaborate. Red herrings define the political and cultural climate: a retired colonel's opposition to women's suffrage; Dorothy's interest in Zionism; the British Near East scholar/spy network; the tumultuously upsetting implications of the letter for organized Christianity. The investigation also includes the Ruskin family. King's achievement is her depiction of the complex relationship between two individualists. Almost 40 years apart, they're fondly indulgent of one another's idiosyncrasies and share intellectual camaraderie, companionable humor and sexual attraction. While Sherlock delivers ongoing tutelage in arcane clue analysis, Mary hypnotizes a witness to prod her memory. If you can't imagine the misogynist Sherlock Holmes sharing domestic bliss, this novel will make you a believer. Major ad/promo; author tour; paperback rights: Bantam; audio rights: Durkin Hayes and Recorded Books.
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A great book and the author always does a great job with her writing and the relevance to Sherlock Holmes.Published on Sept. 4 2013 by Marlene
'A letter of Mary' is imaginative. It felt a bit like a 'Hitchcock' story. The plot wasn't as tight as King's other novels and I wasn't able to follow along very well, but I really... Read morePublished on May 31 2009 by Amazon Customer
The first two books detailing the further imaginary adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell, were entertaining - sadly the same cannot be said of the third, A... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by musickna
I have never had an interest in reading the Sherlock Holmes' novels, but I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice and enjoyed it. The last 2 weeks I've read the next two installments. Read morePublished on April 1 2004
While I enjoyed the first two books as light reading, this third one puts an end to my reading of the Mary Russell series. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by J. Garlen
All things are quiet for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, until Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archeologist, brings them a scroll dating from the first century. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by meiringen
Laurie king has taken the old holmes and provided a new spin. these are not for everyone, but the heroine is not sloppy nor precious, but intelligent and interesting. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Reality tourist
Like two of the other books in this series, the plot construction of "Letter of Mary" is so poor that as a professional writer myself, I was stunned that it even got... Read morePublished on July 1 2003 by Lee Enderlin