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‘A novel which challenges the cliches of history’
‘Laurie King’s idea… is beguiling’
Ham & High (of A Monstrous Regiment of Women)
‘King’s novel is civilized, ingenious and engrossing’
‘An inventive variation on the Sherlock Holmes myth’
‘Crime fiction’s most unlikely but utterly credible romance… Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years’
Val McDermid (of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice)
The third novel in Laurie King’s riveting and intelligent series featuring Sherlock Holmes and his partner in sleuthing, Mary Russell.
It is August 1923 and all is quiet in the Holmes household in Sussex. Mary Russell works on academic research while Sherlock Holmes conducts malodorous chemistry experiments. Butthe peace comes crashing down when a figure from Mary’s past enters their lives: Dorothy Ruskin, an amateur archaeologist recently returned from the Holy Land, pays the couple a visit, bringing with her a gift – a charming inlaid box containing a tattered roll of stained papyrus.
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 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 apparently written by Mary Magdalene that contains a biblical bombshell …
Perfectly combining the elements of crime and historical detail, 'A Letter of Mary' is a fascinating and beautifully observed novel from the award-winning Laurie King.
PRAISE FOR LAURIE R KING
”One of the most literate and gifted writers the mystery world has seen for some time”
“If there is a new P.D. James … I would put my money on Laurie King”
THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE
“Civilised, ingenious and engrossing. Best of all it has heart”
“An inventive variation on the Sherlock Holmes myth”
“ A tantalising novel, both for the intelligence and charm of the flirtation as well as for the intrigue of plot “
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN
“A novel which challenges the cliches of history”
“ A diverting book”
JAMES MELVILLE, Ham and High
“As audacious as it is entertaining and moving”
I enjoy this series as a continuation of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. You meet a few old favorites (Mycroft, etc) in this book and get to see how Holmes' relationship... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sondra Horton
Ms King has written a series of books that make Sherlock Homes a more rounded character. The books do not upset the die-hard Holmes fans and I doubt that Conan Doyle would be in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by tallulah
The third Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes adventure.
The duo investigate the mysterious death of an elderly archaeologist - a friend from Mary's past. Read more
i bought this to complete the series of Mary Russell books, this is one of my favourites. The w hole Sherlock connection is excellent. i recommend these books un reservedlyPublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by princess
You have to read all the Holmes/Russell books to appreciate the story as they all carry on from each other.Brilliant.Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by Uda
Provided you don't mind pastiche and a considrable degree of implausibility, King's series of Holmes and Russell novels are entertaining, well crafted and worthwhile. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2012 by Molesare