O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem

A Mary Russell Novel

eBook - 1999
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Laurie R. King's Pirate King .

At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England's green and pleasant land, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes' enigmatic brother, Mycroft.

"Gentlemen, we are at your service." Thus Holmes greets the two travel-grimed Arab figures who receive them in the orange groves fringing the Holy Land. Whatever role could the volatile Ali and the taciturn Mahmoud play in Mycroft's design for this land the British so recently wrested from the Turks? After passing a series of tests, Holmes and Russell learn their guides are engaged in a mission for His Majesty's Government, and disguise themselves as Bedouins--Russell as the beardless youth "Amir"--to join them in a stealthy reconnaissance through the dusty countryside.

A recent rash of murders seems unrelated to the growing tensions between Jew, Moslem, and Christian, yet Holmes is adamant that he must reconstruct the most recent one in the desert gully where it occurred. His singular findings will lead him and Russell through labyrinthine bazaars, verminous inns, cliff-hung monasteries--and into mortal danger. When her mentor's inquiries jeopardize his life, Russell fearlessly wields a pistol and even assays the arts of seduction to save him. Bruised and bloodied, the pair ascend to the jewellike city of Jerusalem, where they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for savagery and power could reduce the city's most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite this tinderbox of a land....

Classically Holmesian yet enchantingly fresh, sinuously plotted, with colorful characters and a dazzling historic ambience, O Jerusalem sweeps readers ever onward in the thrill of the chase.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9780553901351
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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