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A Letter of Mary By Laurie R. King A Letter of Mary The year is and Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell receive a visit from Dorothy Ruskin an amateur archaeologist She shows them a scrap of ancient writing that is supposedly Mary Magdalene s Soon a

  • Title: A Letter of Mary
  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • ISBN: 9780006510857
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Letter of Mary By Laurie R. King The year is 1923 and Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell receive a visit from Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archaeologist She shows them a scrap of ancient writing that is supposedly Mary Magdalene s Soon afterwards she is murdered but why
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      Edgar winning mystery writer Laurie R King writes series and standalone novels Her official forum is THE LRK VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB here on please join us for book discussing fun King s most recent novel, Dreaming Spies, sees Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes travel from Japan to Oxford, in a case with international players and personal meaning The Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series follows a brilliant young woman who becomes the student, then partner, of the great detective click here for an excerpt of the first in the series, The Beekeeper s Apprentice The Stuyvesant and Grey series Touchstone The Bones of Paris takes place in Europe between the Wars The Kate Martinelli series follows an SFPD detective s cases on a female Rembrandt, a holy fool, and Click for an excerpt of A Grave Talent King lives in northern California, which serves as backdrop for some of her books Please note that Laurie checks her inbox intermittently, so it may take some time to receive a reply A quicker response may be possible via a post on Laurie s Facebook page or by way of email sent to info laurierking.

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    1. The year is 1923, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes is at their home in Sussex Downs busy with their studies Russell with theology and Holmes with some chemical experiments Then they are visited by amateur archaeologist Miss Dorothy Ruskin with a startling puzzle for them She has found in the Holy Land a roll of papyrus with a message from Mary Magdalene A couple of days is Miss Ruskin killed in a traffic accident But was it really an accident The case in this book is intriguing with an ancient p [...]


    2. 4.5 stars A librarian who met her recently told me that Laurie R King is a true intellectual, and after reading this third book in the Mary Russell series, I have to agree Her books read like classics They are books to savor and to thoroughly enjoy I truly enjoyed this installment, and will definitely be continuing with the series It didn t earn a five from me because it lacks the emotional power of my recent fives However, it s extremely well written, intelligent, and I love Russell and Holmes [...]


    3. Guilty I committed a great reading faux pas Years ago I read The Beekeeper s Apprentice and A Monstrous Regiment of Women My book group was reading The Beekeeper s Apprentice , so I reread it and loved it even than I remembered I decided to buy the next two books in the series, A Monstrous Regiment of Women and A Letter of Mary, but alas, book 3, A Letter of Mary, arrived first This was quite frustrating I was so excited to read them and now I was presented with a dilemma On the one hand, I bel [...]


    4. I didn t like this book as much as the first two I actually put it down twice in the middle to read other books and then again twenty pages from the end mid reveal I just didn t care how the case ended.The victim of the case was meant to be a personal friend of Mary s, which is why they get involved with the case at all, but I just didn t see the connection They had only met once How close of friends can they be Also, Mary ended up following the wrong lead on the case So, half of the case, I cou [...]


    5. When I finished King s second novel in this series, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, I was left a bit uncomfortable and unhappy King had always kept Mary and Sherlock s relationship as a mentor and one of a guardian At the end of that book Sherlock proposes Their relationship while strained and questioning in the book hadn t been romantic, but Mary had turned 21 and their relationship caused questions, especially when traveling together.My first response was that King was throwing in a needless ro [...]


    6. Am very much enjoying this I think one of the tings I like about this series is that there is considerable intellect involved, both in the characters of Russell and Holmes themselves, and in the manner in which the mystery is solved.In this 3rd installment we see the continuing development of Russell as Holmes assistant, partner, and wife, and the evolution of the relationship between the two of them.The mysterious Mary M letter, and it s implications, reflects the character of Russell, her rela [...]


    7. A Letter of Mary is the 3rd book in the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes mystery series by Laurie R King I have to say that I continue to have mixed feelings about the series The concept in itself, Russell who started off being mentored by Holmes is now his wife and works cases with him Holmes, himself, is basically retired from detective work and they live on a piec of land in Sussex where Holmes raises bees and Russell works on a degree at Oxford while also spending time with her husband.An acquai [...]


    8. This is a good book and a well written addition to King s Mary Russell series, but I was thirty pages into it when I realized it was another The Da Vinci Code ripoffs Groan Can t these people come up with their own all you thought you knew about Christianity is wrong plots This one is actually realistic than Dan Brown s, but it s been done It would probably amaze these people to know that their abject terror of the controversy is a bit overblown Of course Jesus had female followers Of course so [...]


    9. Excellent addition to Laurie R King s alt Sherlock Holmes universe, A Letter of Mary finds Holmes and Russell, erm,rusticating , for want of a better term at their home on the Sussex downs Both are relieved to get an intriguing letter from Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archaeologist Russell had met during their last visit to Palestine.Russell is shocked when only hours after visiting the couple, Miss Ruskin suffers an accident in London, and Holmes and Russell are back on the case.A very solid cont [...]


    10. After the disappointment of A Monstrous Regiment of Women, I was not very much inclined to read the next installment in the Mary Russell series, titled A Letter of Mary I decided to forge on, though, in the hopes that this will prove better than the last one, and that it might wash away some of the bitter aftertaste of disappointment in the last book.In this novel, Holmes and Russell appear to be settling well into married life after the events of A Monstrous Regiment of Women, when they are vis [...]


    11. A mystery made up almost entirely of red herrings Holmes and Russell continue to be charming, but I was frustrated by how much of the narrative turned out to be irrelevant Even the letter of the title supposedly a piece of correspondence between Mary Magdalene and her sister, which is, you know, generally the type of thing da Vinci writes codes about and plots are based around is, as far as this story and even its characters are concerned, essentially meaningless If Holmes can solve the entire m [...]



    12. A Letter of Mary is a papyrus scrap, penned by a Mariam, apostle of Jesus, to her sister Judith of Magdala, commending the carrier Rachel, her grand daughter to their care, days before the fall of Israel to the Roman heathens Days after Dorothy Ruskin presents the gift in a delicate dainty wooden box to friends Mary and Sherlock Holmes, a car runs down and kills the white haired intrepid archaeologist Evidence of a deliberate trip wire points to murder Men with black hair and sharp knives vandal [...]


    13. This is the third Sherlock Holmes Mary Russell mystery, and I read it, hoping to find the magic that captivated me in The Beekeeper s Apprentice It isn t here The plot is poorly constructed, mainly focusing on a wild goose chase concerning a character that might possibly be the killer Then, the real killer pops in out of the blue, and we realize that we were completely suckered, having wasted our time with 200 pages of nothing that mattered at all And then there s the title, which refers to a le [...]


    14. Every time I read this I want to learn Hebrew and Greek and go study theology It s probably a bit late for that, so I ll have to settle for re reading this on a regular basis and dipping into the Apocrypha on occasion.


    15. 3.5 starsI love this series It s been two years since I ve read the last book and everything came back quickly the awesomeness of the characters, the interesting mysteries, the glimpses into human nature that are striking, quiet, and earned.The mystery is good but it s not the real reason I m here I mean, I enjoyed it, of course The setup is interesting, and it s always fun to see Holmes surprise Russell in some sort of disguise But the whodunits aren t why I keep coming back to the series It s [...]


    16. Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are happily ensconced in their Sussex countryside home Well, maybe happily isn t quite the right word Mary has graduated from Oxford and is writing a theological book, while Holmes prowls their little house like a bad tempered cat Some days he inhales the London papers, others he s a bit too calculated in his refusal to keep updated on the goings on of his old city Mary knows he s hungry for a new case, but she s reluctant to admit her own itch for a [...]


    17. I liked this one quite a bit than the second book I m still on the fence with the whole Mary Sherlock relationship Thankfully it s less of a romance aspect and of a just a fact aspect I ll take that This one had a lot of very sly references and name drops Tolkien anyone that really tickled me as well I m looking forward to the next one again.Edit I ll say the audio books on these are lovely I don t like audio books as a rule but this particular narrator is fantastic, at least for me So if you [...]


    18. I am enjoying this series so much This book was not quite as gripping as the first two but that may very well be because I was listening to the audio and may have snoozed during important parts However, the subtleties of the relationship between Russell and Holmes is handled so well Frankly, I think this book needed Holmes, and that might have been why it wasn t quite as intriguing Nevertheless, I shall press on.


    19. Slightly disappointed with this episode in the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series It s very good in parts, especially when Russell is investigating the entrenched misogyny of the middle class in Britain in the 1920s, but the rest of the plotline depends on both Russell and Holmes actually missing a clue that unravels the murder at the heart of the story, a clue revisited only in the last couple of chapters Still, the characters are well drawn and interesting and Laurie King s evocation of the 1 [...]


    20. Third in the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes series return return In the summer of 1923, Russell and Holmes areat home in Holmes cottage in Sussex Russell is concentrating on finishing her first book on theology Holmes is bored Into their lives pops Dorothy Ruskin, an eccentric older Englishwoman, an amateur archaeologist, whom they met during their adventure in Palestine She brings with her a letter written on parchment that could very well have been written by Mary of Magdala Mary Magdalene just [...]


    21. Mary Russell, partner in all things to Sherlock Holmes, is not the Mary of this tale s title That Mary is Mary Magdalane, who may or may not have authored the letter referenced in said title Russell comes into possession of this letter through a friend, an aging archeologist whom she and Holmes had met years before while working a case in Palestine in the service of His Majesty the King I have to say up front that I find it hard to believe that the publication of the letter from Mary, if authent [...]


    22. Another lovely book in this series.I don t have much to say about it, honestly I thought the mystery was pretty good, although it didn t fully consume me as I would have liked I still love Holmes and Mary They re so cute together especially since spoiler for the second book, so don t read the rest of this sentence they re married now That comment about the firstborn, though baby on the way I can t see Holmes having a baby although it was hinted that he already had an illegitimate son, but never [...]


    23. A very neat little mystery that promises a great deal in the way of theological intrigue and misogyny yet resolves itself in a mundane way Much to Holmes s chagrin How boring for him and a nice change for the reader.I liked this installment of Mary Russell s memoirs It continues in Mary s theological vein, with the arrival of a purported letter from Mary Magdalene where she identifies herself as an apostle, but rather than the death defying cat and mouse games of the first two books it has a bit [...]


    24. I felt kind of let down by this book I m not much of a Russell Holmes shipper and though it was obvious from the first novel that King was pushing them toward a romantic union, I felt it was unnecessary and a bit far fetched In this book, even after two years of marriage, their relationship seems virtually unchanged and it would have been nice to see a little development there.Mostly I was disappointed by the mystery Mary was off on a wild goose chase for a good third of the novel for no other r [...]


    25. I ve recovered from the surprise marriage of Mary and Sherlock It s now 1923 and Mary is contacted by a tutrix from Oxford that she and Sherlock met up with in book one while in Palestine, Dorothy Ruskin Dorothy is coming to England to seek funding of an archeological dig and wants to see Mary and Sherlock She brings them a mystery an inlaid box with a stained papyrus roll inside That evening, Dorothy is killed in a hit and run But, Mary and Holmes soon think that it was murder, especially after [...]


    26. It seems to me that each book in this series gets better after the first one, which I thought was too long and convoluted, I wasn t sure if I would continue reading the series, but the second and this, the third, were absolutely brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his new wife, Mary Russell, work again to solve the suspicious death of an old acquaintance, an archaeologist who comes back to England from Palestine with a peculiar gift for Mary A day later, Dorothy Ruskin is struck down in a London stree [...]


    27. If like me you can t bring yourself to believe that the restless mind of the great detective Sherlock Holmes could ever be content with the study of beekeeping you won t be surprised by the discovery of yet lost manuscripts detailing his post retirement adventures The Beekeeper s Apprentice introduced the character of Mary Russell A Letter of Mary takes place years later and Mary has now married Sherlock shocked gasp King s books are meticulously researched and are fascinating studies of the er [...]


    28. This is well written, and I enjoyed seeing Russell Holmes again The depiction of this pair as a contented married couple worked much better than I thought it would However, the mystery plot is thin and has a terribly weak ending.I liked Mary s preparations for impersonating a particular sort of person for instance, buying specific items of clothing and artificially aging them.There s an uncredited cameo appearance of a fictional character from another mystery series, view spoiler Lord Peter Wims [...]


    29. This series is getting better and I didn t think that was possible when the first two were already delicious This one pulls Mary out of her academic pursuits to help an old archaeologist friend who has entrusted her with a priceless manuscript that will rock Christianity Holmes and Mary are increasingly drawn into a whirlpool of red herrings and evidence as they try to find her murderer The interplay between the two is priceless Mycroft and Inspector Lestrade s son, who is also a detective, are [...]


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