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O Jerusalem (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes)

O Jerusalem (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes) [Kindle Edition]

Laurie R. King
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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'King takes on literature's most famous detective with masterful aplomb. I loved it' Elizabeth George, author of the bestselling Inspector Lynley series

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1918. Forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his young 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, yet no one is too pleased at Holmes’s insistence on reconstructing the most recent homicide in the desert 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 ignite a tinderbox of hostilities just waiting for a spark…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (25 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749011629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749011628
  • ASIN: B0088Q9R16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Writer 10 May 2014
By Cy
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As with all her Mary Russel Books I was unable to put it down. So I ordered other in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 16 April 2014
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I have read the first 5 in the Sherlock Holmes series and thought this one the best after the 1st one. Captures the spirit of the first book better than some of the others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There are a lot of homages to Sherlock Holmes, but King's books are particularly enjoyable and have been well received. 'O Jerusalem', though, lets the series down. To start with, Holmes and Russell are in the Holy Land on some mysterious mission. They don't know what it is: they are at the command of two mysterious Arabs and they follow them in growing confusion, as does the reader. It should be King's chance to show off her knowledge of Palestine just after the Great War, but the descriptions are confused and confusing. When King describes places I've visited, I don't recognise them. Her geography is often vague and sometimes plain wrong. And the details let her down. The woman sitting over the coals of her hearth. Coal? In Palestine? The sound of the feathers as an owl passes overhead: owls which, as any ornithologist will tell you, have evolved a special arrangement of feathers so their prey can't hear them coming.

When we finally get to the real story, the action takes off and we are carried through the implausibilities in fine style, but it's too late. And this is a very modern Holmes: the sleuthing is mere showing off, the villain is unmasked by pantomime heroics and a reasonably high body count.

Not to be recommended, I'm afraid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Mar 2014
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I have quite a few of Laurie R Kings books now and am encouraging my youngest daughter who loves detective stories and Holmes in particular to read. Informative as well as entertaining.
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