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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes' better half?
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 more lost manuscripts detailing his post retirement adventures. The Beekeeper's Apprentice introduced the character of Mary Russell; A Letter of Mary takes place years...
Published on 10 May 2003 by Michael Finn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and well written but results in a huge anti-climax
I was relieved when I found this series; an intelligent and well-written continuation to the career of Sherlock Holmes that never slips into pastiche.

This is the third of the Mary Russell books, although it could be read on its own. Mary and Sherlock Homes are now married, and although it isn't the most convincing marriage in the world, it is quite a...
Published on 11 May 2008 by Sarah Durston


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Jun 2011
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I love all these books, and this is no exception. Brilliant. What a pity it is so difficult to get hold of them in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Laurie R King success, 7 Feb 2011
This review is from: A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell Mystery 3) (Paperback)
A Letter of Mary is Laurie R King's third book, and they just get better and better as the Russell and Holmes partnership deepens. The story is rich in description and keeps the reader turning pages far into the night. How fortunate any reader is to discover this series of books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms King has written a series of books that make ..., 5 Aug 2014
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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 the least put out by the added dimension to his character, in fact I think he would be slightly envious.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Letter of Mary? Not so much., 22 Feb 2010
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Although enjoyable, this novel wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was hoping that the novel would delve into the discovery of a 1st century papyrus scroll in much more detail than it did. As it were, it merely added a touch more mystery to this novel.

The book followed Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell's investigation of the murder of a friend of theirs.

Overall, I found the plot rather thin. However, the brief appearance of Watson in the story brought much more humour to the book. It was nice to see a much more mature view of Sherlock Holmes as well.

I did run across my most favourite quote of all times in this novel: "...as patient as a concert pianist attending a children's piano recital."

A quick read, but one I will not return to.
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