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O Jerusalem (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 5) by [King, Laurie R.]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 28 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553383248
  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is one of a series of spin-off Sherlock Holmes novels, where the relatively elderly detective partners young theology student Mary Russell. This was the fifth to be published, but was set during a hiatus in the plot of the first novel, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, so I read it now (nearly three years) after that novel. This is a well written novel and the author has obviously done a great deal of research into the time and place, Palestine under the British Mandate just after the end of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. In places, the research is in my view a bit heavy at the expense of a well-flowing plot. Despite these literary merits, for me this doesn't work as a Sherlock Holmes novel; there are flashes of Holmesian brilliance, but for large tracts of the novel, he doesn't come across as the Great Detective; and Russell, while an interesting character, isn't entirely believable and her relationship with Holmes not really plausible within his fictional persona. So overall I'm not too sure if I'll pursue this series of a dozen or so novels, beyond the next one that I already have on my Kindle, and which sounds like it may be a bit more traditionally Sherlockian.
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I've read a few of these and some are very good. As a big Holmes fan I felt this one was a bit too convoluted and over long for what was offered as a finale. These novels are a bit mixed so you have to try a few to find the more credible ones.
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Great detail about the country, dress and customs of the holy land. The pace was good and the suspense tense at times. An enjoyable read. Mary Russell at her best. A great series for those who like Sherlock Holmes.
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My favorite of the Russell/Holmes books. The journies of the odd couple, written from Ms Russell's point of view draw one into the history of the Holy Land at the time of Lawrence of Arabia, the struggles of Arabs and Jews, and problems of a couple of Englishmen to become more or less acclimated to the people and the political problems at that time, more or less in the year 1915. One should read Justice Hall immediately after it -a different country, different problems but just as fascinating.
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There are many reasons for wanting to read Laurie R. King's books, the main reason for me is her use of the English language and the construction of the whole narrative. It's like listening to someone with clear diction ! This book tells a tale and gives us a good history lesson.
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It's fun to read a fiction book which is masquerading as a biographical novel. There's always a part of you that thinks it could be real and there's a lot of background information which tells you about the period and the location. The characters are vividly painted as are the settings.
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Another really enjoyable work from Laurie R King. Please keep writing them! Her backgrounds are so well researched and the plots enthralling.
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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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