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.
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