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It's 1918. Nineteen-year-old Mary and her fiftysomething mentor are forced to flee England to escape a deadly adversary. Sherlock's well-connected brother Mycroft sends them to Palestine to do some international sleuthing. Here, a series of murders threatens the fragile peace.
Laurie King connects us, through details of language, custom, history, and sensual impressions, to this very alien environment. Russell, Holmes, and two marvelously imagined Arab guides named Mahmoud and Ali trek through the desert and visit ancient monasteries clinging like anthills to cliffs. They also find time to take tea with the British military legend Allenby in Haifa and skulk through or under the streets of Jerusalem. King puts us into each scene so quickly and completely that her narrative flow never falters.
Stepping back in time also gives King a chance to show us Holmes through the eyes of a Russell not yet as full of love as a honeymooner, nor as complacent as a comfortable wife. "There it was--sardonic, superior, infuriating," Mary says about Holmes's voice at one point.
Wisdom is knowing when, and how much, to shake things up--even in a successful series. Laurie King is a wise woman indeed. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Laurie King has written another great book as a prequel to her Justice Hall novel. I get something new out of it every time I read it.Published on Sept. 28 2009 by P. Palmer
King's brilliant character development in 'O Jerusalem' is first-rate. Russell and Holmes are tested by their two shadowy companions, and not one of the four are happy with the... Read morePublished on May 31 2009 by Amazon Customer
O'Jerusalem by LAUIRE R.King Is a personal accounts of Sherlock Homels case written by his young partner Mary Russell. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004
Despite the low rating I have offered on this book, I have to admit that I enjoyed a good deal of it thanks mostly to Ms. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by Mark Savary
Great cast of characters, wonderful history, and the scenery comes alive before your eyes. I recommend this book!Published on July 12 2003 by Avid reader
I don't understand why I've seen so many reviews that put this book down so horribly! I loved this story personally, rivalling it with "The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Read morePublished on June 4 2003 by "ali-alina"
I am never disappointed by Ms. King's Mary Russell series. It is a wonderful ride through early 20th Century history. And the mystery is always fun.Published on March 13 2003
Just discovered this over the christmas holidays whilst looking for something to read. (small resort town with not much to choose from and I'd finished all I'd bought with... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003 by Ross Carroll