Author(s): Laurie R. King
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...
"A lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company.""--The New York Times Book Review""The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart....superb.""--The Washington Post Book World""A wonderful book, simultaneously inventive, charming, witty, and suspenseful. I loved it."--Elizabeth George"An intellectual puzzler, full of bright red herrings and dazzling asides.""--Chicago Tribune"
LAURIE R. KING won the Edgar and John Creasey Awards for Best First Novel for A Grave Talent. She is the author of seven acclaimed mysteries in the Mary Russell series, as well as four novels in a contemporary series featuring police detective Kate Martinelli. She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed stand-alone novels of suspense, Keeping Watch (recently optioned for film by CBS), Folly, and A Darker Place. She lives in northern California where she is at work on another Mary Russell novel.