O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem

A Mary Russell Novel

Book - 2009
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At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his nineteen-year-old apprentice Mary Russell enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes's enigmatic brother, Mycroft. Their arrival coincides with a rash of unsolved murders that has baffled the authorities and seems unrelated to the growing tensions in the area among Jew, Moslem, and Christian. Still, no one is too pleased at Holmes's insistence on reconstructing the most recent homicide in the desert gully where it occurred.

What they unexpectedly uncover will lead Russell and Holmes through an exotic gauntlet of labyrinthine bazaars, verminous hovels, cliff-hung monasteries--and into mortal danger. In the jewel-like city of Jerusalem, they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for power could reduce the city's most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite a tinderbox of hostilities just waiting for a spark....

Publisher: New York : Bantam, 2009, c1999
ISBN: 9780553383249
Branch Call Number: KING
Characteristics: 425 p


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rb3221 Oct 23, 2017

Far too slow moving for my taste. Did enjoy Mary in disguise as a male.

May 18, 2017

It's easy to see why the author needed a few years to prepare this flashback story after introducing it in book one. There are multiple layers of remarkable research evidenced here. The story does wind on longer than it needs to, but I didn't mind until... well, let's just say that despite the intricate plot, there are two exasperatingly undeveloped threads. One is a twist she suddenly takes but never explains. Surely Conan Doyle would have added a summary at the end to clarify the whys and wherefores of this twist. The other undeveloped thread is a behind-the-scenes character who appears early on. He says some oddly dismissive things, but King doesn't flesh out his character enough that we can understand his reasoning.

My rating is four and a half stars because Laurie King writes so intelligently and perceptively, and because Russell and Holmes continue to be a delight. The two weak spots are very weak -- one in particular. Yet what's done well is done so well that it outweighs the bad for me, so... four and a half stars it is.

Nov 20, 2014

One of King's optimum. As usual, vivid, suspenseful, ponderous, and well paced. Terrific job you've done, King. Keep at it.

JCLJulieT Mar 12, 2013

I love this series. King's settings and characters are reliably compelling, and the setting of this one has been my favorite so far. Also, her vocabulary is admirable. I was glad to be reading on my nook, because I looked up about 15 words through the course

Oct 29, 2012

For me, this is the best novel in the series. I LOVED the beginning part where the pair pose as Muslim men (Holmes just happens to be fluent in Arabic -- right.) This part of the book was, I think, the best. I loved the later part that takes place in and under the city of Jerusalem. But the last part drags for me. Still, I've re-read the book at least 3 times and will no doubt read it again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Mar 16, 2010

Finished. This is a novel and is only so-so.

Feb 22, 2009

Wonderful book. I have read it 3 times not only for Mary and Sherlock's adventure, but because it is so well written I can feel the heat and dust of Jerusalem.

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