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The Outcast Dove (Catherine Levendeur Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2003

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
readers will feel like they were transported back to 1148 26 Nov. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Catherine LeVendeur's cousin Solomon is on his way to Almeria to pick up their share of the investment that the ship brings in. He stops at Toluse where he has many friends including Aaron who wants the leader to rescue his betrothed who was sold into sexual bondage after the Christians invaded Almeria. Solomon agrees to rescue the woman he knew as a baby but before he leaves someone killed a monk who gave bags of gold to ransom the girl, money that was meant to free Christian soldiers held by the Saracens.
When he finally leaves the city, he is in a caravan that includes his Sire Brother James, a Christian fanatic who hates all Jews. One the road, Samuel who came along for the adventure is also murdered. Brother James thinks the two deaths are connected. The murder of one of their mercenary knights affirms his belief. Nov he has to prove it.
Unlike the rest of the novels in this series, Catherine LeVendeur doesn't make an appearance and her husband Edgar is in one chapter. Readers get a chance to see how Solomon lives when he is away from his causes keeping his trading business alive. Rich in historical detail and fascinating characters, readers will feel like they were transported back to 1148.
Harriet Klausner
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Missing Catherine 16 Nov. 2004
By InkSpot - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of the Catherine LeVendeur mysteries series but had a hard time getting into this one. Since this one focused on Solomon however I found myself a bit bored with the story. Solomon is just not as interesting a character as Catherine, and does not have enough charisma to carry an entire story.

The story line and research are still well done, and as a whole, this is a good book of historical fiction.
Catherine is absent in this one.... 26 Aug. 2010
By Cheryl A. Reynolds - Published on
Format: Paperback
#9 Catherine LeVendeur mystery set in medieval France. Actually in this book, Catherine doesn't figure much at all except for the fact that she is related to some of the players--Solomon, her cousin, is the main character in this one. He is traveling around as usual as a merchant, but it's more precarious than usual. Solomon is a Jew, and things are getting more tough and more restrictive for the Jews. Catherine, a Christian, keeps secret the fact that Solomon is her cousin--officially he is her husband Edgar's business partner and nothing more. She isn't ashamed of him but keeps their association minimal for the sake of their family, as there is real danger in even being associated with Jews.

Catherine's father used to run the business but decided to renounce the Christianity he had been raised in and go back to his Jewish roots, and is now studying as a scholar. On this trip, Solomon not only encounters his uncle Hubert (Catherine's father) but also his real father, James--a Christian convert who is rabidly attempting to convert other Jews, or to condemn them, and Jehan, a knight who was formerly acquainted with the LeVendeurs in Paris and now hires out as a mercenary/guard. When a young monk is brutally beaten and a teenage Jewish girl disappears, the authorities suspect and question several members of the Jewish community, and Catherine's family's lives are in mortal danger. She knows little of this, as she is back in Paris, heavy with child, with Edgar at her side instead of accompanying Solomon on this trip.

It's funny, in the foreward the author mentions Catherine's absence and says she knows those who love the series will miss her--I actually didn't! I like Solomon much better. I love this series in general, but Catherine wears on my nerves after awhile, so it was actually refreshing not to have her in the book. There's only one more in this series, and I plan to finish it off before the end of the year.
Fascinating historical fiction (with a little truth!) 15 Jun. 2006
By Ellen M. Levine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed all of the Catherine LeVendeur books, but I especially enjoyed this one. Although Catherine does not appear in this book, we get a more in depth look at Solomon and the world he lived in and traveled through. Solomon is one of the more complex characters that Ms. Newman has created, a man living in both the Christian and the Jewish communities of his time, with connections to both. He has always lived by his wits and intelligence, but here he is faced with two life changing events. He once again has to confront his birth father Brother James, a man who rejects and despises Jews (he is a convert to Christianity), and seems to have a special antipathy for Solomon. But most importantly, we get to meet Anna, who's very exsistance has a profound impact on Solomon's life. She is a wonderful character, and Ms. Newman has done us a great service by showing how Anna was regarded in her time as a blessing and a gift.

I also enjoyed following the route of Solomon's travels, and learning how the Jewish communities of the time were so closely linked. I thorougly enjoyed "The Outcast Dove" and recommend it to anyone interested in excellent historical fiction.
Not as enjoyable as others in this series 2 May 2006
By S. Schwartz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to this book because I love the Catherine LeVendeur series, and Solomon is a particular favourite of mine. This book features Solomon, and Catherine does not appear. Solomon finds himself travelling with an odd mixture of people. Both Jews like himself and Christians, as well as two priests. To add to the confusion for Solomon, his hated father and his most hated enemy are part of the group. This definitely causes him some troubles because he doesn't know where he is or where he belongs, and people keep getting murdered in their party. I found the book moved a little slow, and had a bit of difficulty getting through it.
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