O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem

A Mary Russell Novel

Book - 1999
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Entering British-occupied Palestine in 1918, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes soon find themselves engaged in a desperate mission for His Majesty's government, accompanied by two mysterious Arab figures and pursued by murderous strangers.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780553110937
Branch Call Number: FIC King 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 367 p. :,map


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Oct 01, 2018

One of the more mysterious of the Russell-Holmes mysteries. I almost docked it half a star for that. But the delicious parts were so delicious that I just couldn't. King meshed her historical research and her creative imaginings in this backstory that I couldn't resist it. I got very little sleep while reading it. And it wasn't the first time I read this, either. I hope this isn't giving anything away to say that this book, for all the bickering between Holmes and Russell, that their ultimate marriage is inevitable. They may not know it yet, but the midwife who takes care care of Holmes' back can tell.

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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