A Letter of Mary

A Letter of Mary

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Baker & Taylor
In 1923, an amateur archaeologist brings Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes an inlaid box from the Holy Land and then promptly dies in a suspicious traffic accident that leaves the master detective and Mary with a dangerous manuscript seemingly written by Mary Magdalene

Blackwell North Amer
August 1923. All is quiet in the Holmes household in Sussex as Mary Russell works on academic research while Sherlock Holmes conducts malodorous chemistry experiments. But the peace quickly disappears as out of the past comes Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archeologist from the Holy Land, who brings the couple a lovely inlaid box with a tattered roll of stained papyrus inside.
The evening following their meeting, Miss Ruskin dies in a traffic accident that Holmes and Mary soon prove was murder. But what was the motivation? Was it the little inlaid box holding the manuscript? Or the woman's involvement in the volatile politics of the Holy Land? Or could it have been the scroll itself, a deeply troubling letter that seems to have been written by Mary Magdalene and that contains a biblical bombshell...

Baker
& Taylor

In 1923, an amateur archaeologist brings Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes an inlaid box from the Holy Land and then promptly dies in a suspicious traffic accident that leaves the master detective and Mary with an dangerous manuscript seemingly written by Mary Magdalene. Tour.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312146702
0312146701
Branch Call Number: MYS King, L 200.3 1997
Characteristics: viii, 276 pages ; 24 cm

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MADKC4Ever
Dec 20, 2015

I adore the Mary Russell series; falling in love with them my junior year of high school. However, as many other readers have stated, this didn't have the heart-pounding ending or suspense that the last two did. While the novel was still very much worth the read, I'm hoping that the next installment will be a little faster-paced and bring back the Russell and Holmes we all love.

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Rubicat
Sep 17, 2015

I really MUST be more careful about adding comments about the books I read - I have already read this book and I thought I had given both stars and comment but apparently I did not. It's frustrating to be so excited to receive a new book from my list only to find out it's a repeat! I very much enjoyed this the 1st time around but it was not nearly long enough ago to warrant a 2nd reading.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jun 05, 2015

The third installment of the Mary Russell mystery series is a bit slower and less dynamic than the first two--mostly perhaps because of the newly fixed quality of the Russell/Holmes partnership. Still quite enjoyable, but the series does begin to lose a bit of spark with this book.

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 20, 2014

One of the more mellow Russel and Holmes installments. Still thoroughly enjoyable, but a bit slower paced, if you know what I mean. Terrific plot though. Ideal to sit down with on a rainy evening with a cup of tea.

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