Scottish Victorian twins, Agnes and Margaret, travel to a remote monastery and discover the earliest version of the four gospels located to date. That they are equipped to recognize their find, and that two respectable ladies were comfortable travelling alone (nine days by camel) in an age of profound sexism, makes for a charming, amusing, and unlikely tale. It's as if Miss Marple and her twin decide to pursue an interest in ancient languages and manuscripts, rather than murder.
Used to being underestimated, the sisters navigate the rigid social and intellectual world they inhabit on their own terms, largely ignoring the limitations imposed. They embarrass Cambridge University (where they live) by not only finding these ancient texts, but providing serious and scholarly analysis of the material - this in an age when women could not receive a degree of any kind from the institution. If you enjoyed The Riddle of the Labyrinth, you'll race through this one too.
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