A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #3)
The characters have become even more real and more likable (many complain that Russell is whiny and awful, but I rather like her, perhaps because she reminds me of someone I know... *in my dreams!*);
The villains are villainous, but they too are real and not over the top as in the first two;
The story is awash with red herrings and false trails, and fun ones too;
Cameo appearance by my favorite book character, (view spoiler)[Lord Peter Wimsey, with...more
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 re...more
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 soli...more
Another of the curious adventures of the young Mary Russell and her somewhat older husband Sherlock Holmes.
I was pleased to find that this book steered clear of theology for the most part as a tendency to give her readers an overdose of theology is the only thing that I dislike about King's books. The letter in the title has nothing to do with Mary Russell but refers to a letter written by Mary Magdalene. Although this forms part of the plot it's not concentrated on to the exclusion of everythi...more
The letter of Mary is about the Gospel of Mary Magdalene as it would have been dealt with during Mary Russell's post World War I timeframe. By this time, Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell are married but they are stumped by all of the evidence that pours in concerning to death of Mary Russell's friend. It is only at the end of t...more
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...more
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 more 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...more
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...more
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 vi...more
The theme is intriguing, and I love the integration of subtle themes. I am adding Laurie King to my list of people to try to get to see sometime. As I am reading the series together again, the continuity is clearly noticeable. I am loving the bees (does Ms King have beehives I wonder?), and much as I enjoyed some of my OT studies and get jolly about the unpacking of the context and history etc, I surely never moved to writing...more
The novel opens in their hometown cottage with Russell killing her back and eyes over Biblical Hebrew translations and Holmes creating some "malodorous" substances in the lab. This domestic tranquility is briefly interrupted after a visit from Dorothy Ruskin, an a...more
This one took me a little while to really get into. For the first 75-100 pages it was slow going for me. After 100 pages or so, I was completely drawn in and devoured the rest in two sittings.
The mystery is a bit convoluted and unfocused, but I think that was the point. There is no clear cut path for anyone to follow, so Holmes, Russell, and Lestrade end up going their separate ways for large portions of the book. Because everyone is pursuing a different investigation,...more
King's next novel The Bones of Paris, will be out in September 2013, seeing Touchstone's Harris Stuyvesant and Bennett Grey find the darkness beneath the light of 1929 Paris. In the Russell se...more