By Laurie R. King
It really is 1921 and Mary Russell--Sherlock Holmes's wonderful apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a level in theology--is at the verge of buying a large inheritance. self sufficient finally, with a fondness for divinity and detective paintings, her so much baffling secret could now contain Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection among herself and the retired detective. Russell's attentions flip to the hot Temple of God and its chief, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw at the younger theology pupil is impossible to resist. but if 4 bluestockings from the Temple take place useless presently after altering their wills, may well sins of a capital nature be afoot? Holmes and Russell examine, as their partnership takes a stunning flip.
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