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A Letter of Mary, by Laurie R. King

celticrockgirl's review

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4.0

3.75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ Love this author, series, the characters, and the writing more than I can say! This one just fell a little short for me... I guess I’d say it was a bit anticlimactic. But I’m still anxious to dive into book #4!

jjoseph121's review

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1.0

Very slow. I realize this book is not supposed to be strictly a Sherlock Holmes novel, but I found that there was very little investigating in this book, and that it is more of a relationship story. This is certainly the last in the series I will read.

sabine4242's review against another edition

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3.0

Pretty good, I'm really enjoying these mysteries. This one probably would have been better if I read it less sporadically, so don't take my review too seriously!

mariaburns's review against another edition

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4.0

3.75 stars

govmarley's review against another edition

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3.0

I love everything about this series. Holmes and Russell are my favorite duo of all time.

Mary is the perfect balance for the arrogant aging Holmes. She is independent, and intelligent, and very secure in her own skin. She's truly one of my favorite characters ever. You get the cleverness you expect from Sherlock Holmes, but with a new twist that makes Holmes more human, and more likable.

In this one, the newly married Russell and Holmes are visited by an old friend who leaves them with an artifact of dubious provenance. It's the perfect blend of theology and mystery to get the couple on the case when their friend is killed. Along the way we get time with my favorite brother Mycroft and Inspector Lestrade, and the quartet works together to unwind the clues and bring the killers to justice. A solid 3 1/2 stars.

frootjoos's review against another edition

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5.0

Good mystery! Holmes and Russell are sexy as ever...

cj82487's review

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3.0

Another Mary Russell novel that I tackled as an audiobook. I loved the narrator the last time, Jenny Sterlin, and was happy to see her name as the narrator again.

This one has a lot more mystery involved and several layers to deduce, which made me love it more than the previous two. So, why the lower rating? Well, I have to often take a break from a series or I get burned out. While this was still a lovely book to listen to and far more interesting than the second book in the series, I did grow bored. I don’t think that is any fault to the book, though, just time for me to take a break from the series.

Now, on to the nitty gritty.

As I said, this was more interesting than the previous book. The first book was great, the second was okay and made better by the narrator, but this one was really interesting. Dorothy Ruskin, a female archaeologist (common now, but not so much in the setting of the novel), arrives on Holmes’ and Russell’s doorstep with an ancient piece of paper. On this paper, is what appears to be a letter written by none other than Mary Magdalene and if it is real, would change the interpretation of the Bible.

If you’ve read any of the previous Mary Russell novels, which you should, you would know how important this document is to Mary. A letter than can change the way the Bible and subsequently all organized religions’ interpretations of it, would, essentially, change Mary. She has somehow managed to not only be of a scientific mind but also a religious one, which has always baffled Holmes, and the validation of this document is hard to resist. Dorothy Ruskin, though, ends up dead, the victim of a strange accident.

Now, Mary and Sherlock have to go undercover to find out what happened to Dorothy and why.

This was another great Sherlock-esque novel. There were a handful of players with their hands in the pot and different layers to work through and put the puzzle pieces together. It had a lot more to put together compared to the previous two novels in the series, which I liked. There were also more instances of everything almost falling apart. Mary has to go undercover and she comes close to getting figured out, which creates a wonderful level of suspense.

The aspect that I loved from the very beginning, the banter, was back in this one. There is something about well-done dialogue that really brings a story to life and this one had that well-known Sherlock dialogue. It was a great story to listen to and I do look forward to continuing the series, I just need to take a small break to not get burned out.

mouseczko's review

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

naelany's review

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4.0

Loved it. Mary and Holmes make a formidable couple

laterry75's review

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3.0

I'm not sure why I wait approximately a year between reading Laurie R. King's Russell/Holmes novels. Each time I finish one, I find myself extremely satisfied. I think it has something to do with my public library. These books really don't sit on the shelves; I often have to track them down. Regardless, Russell is a wonderfully strong female heroine, wonderfully matched with the iconic Sherlock Holmes.

Mmm mmm good!!!