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Du sollst nicht begehren (Michael Ohayon #3)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  271 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Ein Kibbuz als friedliches Modell einer besseren Welt entpuppt sich als wahrhaft mörderisches Pflaster. Inspektor Ochajon soll den Tod der schönen Kibbuz-Sekretärin untersuchen, die an einer Überdosis Pflanzenschutzmittel starb. Schritt für Schritt tastet er sich in den abgeschotteten Kosmos des Kibbuz vor und stellt fest, daß hinter der Fassade von Harmonie und Solidaritä ...more
Taschenbuch, 505 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Goldmann (first published 1991)
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Despoina Despoina
Apr 16, 2016 Despoina Despoina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Θέλησα να διαβάσω αυτό το βιβλίο για να δω πώς είναι η ζωή σε ένα κιμπουτς έστω και μέσω μιας αστυνομικής ιστορίας. Απόλαυσα τις πληροφορίες για τα κιμπουτς, την αστυνομική ιστορία, και αγάπησα την Batya Gur η οποία δυστυχώς πέθανε πολύ νωρίς.
Μου άρεσε πολύ ο τρόπος που γράφει και αποφάσισα να αναζητήσω να διαβάσω όσα δικά της βιβλία βρω μπροστά μου.
Mary L.
Aug 11, 2012 Mary L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in "psychologically astute mysteries set in Israel" this is the book and series by Batya Gur for you. They not only give you a different slant on the country and its modern history, but will intrigue you with personal dramas, police work, and the solving of mysteries by her police detective, Michael Ohayon. I am reminded in a way of the modern Irish police series by Tana French. They have the same fasination with country as well as people. I recommend it and other books by ...more
Pamela Mclaren
This is a very interesting read and clearly shows the difference in books written here and books authored in other countries.

In America, the police would be swarming, there would be danger for the investigator, there would be much action; not so here.

In many ways it needed a good editor; it seemed very slow at first -- the murder doesn't even happen until the reader is almost to 100 pages in -- but then I got into the rhythm and figured that it was because of its very setting that it is slower
Kirsty Darbyshire

[These comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and as such contain spoilers....]

[on the characters]

I don't remember any of the characters other than Michael appearing before and I didn't find him as interesting as in previous books. He seems rather nondescript in this one, I expected his history background to come into use at some point and I want to know how Eli and Tzilla are getting on with their baby but apart from a brief mention of Michael's son there's very little continuity o

David P
Nov 29, 2012 David P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder mysteries wear many faces. The best use the crime story as a mere vehicle to introduce unfamiliar localities, cultures and eras, and interesting personalities. If you like this sort of reading, "Murder on a Kibbutz" is a trip worth taking

To the average American, the kibbutz, Israel's communal village, seems like an exotic lifestyle, permeated by idealism and communal sharing. Reality is more complex. Idealism does exist, as do a shared lifestyle and strong community feeling--but one als
a quick read. A suitably complex detective, and intellectual with panic attacks who uses books, not fists, to uncover secrets. An interesting view of kibbutz society in the 1980's. From the standpoint of 2016, the way that the occupation and the first intifada lay in the deep background is disconcerting. of course, this is a murder mystery, a family story in many ways, but it also makes me aware of how what's truly important and life changing may remain in the peripheral vision.
Generally like all the books in this series because they meet my criteria of: mysteries set in another country. But i found this one particularly confusing, in terms of being able to keep track of the myriad of characters woven into the story of life on the kibbutz, disrupted by murder. The themes of who can really 'belong' on a kibbutz -- or any group --if not born there (or into it) an addition to the plot that was thought-provoking.
This book is as much about the insular society of an Israeli kibbutz as it is about Inspector Michael Ohayon solving a murder. While I didn't find the murder mystery terribly absorbing, I was fascinated by the details of kibbutz society. At its best, Gur's prose is a lucid description of the "egalitarian elitism" that prevails in such enclosed communities, where the details of everyday life are given immense, overt ideological weight. The ending was a rather disappointing anticlimax—there's too ...more
Jun 18, 2007 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaism
This was my second foray into Batya Gur's wonderful portraits of murder mysteries in Israel. This one surrounds intrigue in the supposedly idyllic setting of a kibbutz, a voluntary commune society that was integral to the formation to the State of Israel. Kibbutz are often seen as isolated communities that are removed from every day society and norms but all of this is shattered when a murder takes place and the closed off society is subject to the outside world's laws and interventions. the mys ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The 3rd in the Michael Ohayon series, set in Israel.[return][return]About the only good thing I can find to say about this book is that there is some interesting information about the challenges and changes going on in the kibbutz movement in Israel today. Beyond that, the writing is uninspired, and the characters are one-dimensional, as in her first book--you really don't care what happens to anyone you meet.[return][return]To make matters even worse, after slogging through the book at least in ...more
Dorothy Soest
Jan 29, 2016 Dorothy Soest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying mystery with interesting and well developed characters and an intriguing look at a complex kibbutz society filled with psychological motivations that leave you wondering who did it to the end.
Jul 28, 2011 Bea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story overall, but I felt that Ms. Gur spent too much time both protesting that an outsider could not understand kibbutz life and then explaining the philosophy of that same life. She did this primarily in interactions between Michael (the chief investigating officer) and Nahari (his boss).

There was also a passage later in the story with Avigail on the phone. She seemed petty and not at all like the cop/nurse she was supposed to be. This passage did not add to the story nor was it e
Mar 09, 2016 Joeydag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this so much I read another in the series but I can't name a detail from this novel.
Sep 25, 2014 Phyllis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed insight into the inner workings of the Kibbutz movement in the 1990s.
Apr 01, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. Way more than a mystery.
Dec 11, 2014 Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good but slow. The last 50 pages were amazing but too much description. Loved the descriptions of life on a kibbutz in Israel however. Makes you want to be a police detective . Like this line , people imprison themselves in the reality they invent . "
Errol Hess
Aug 08, 2013 Errol Hess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating book because of its setting and the details about Israeli Kibbutz history. The writer developed believable characters and the resolution was organic, not forced. I spent several years studying literature in college, which subject included American, British and a few continental writers. Thank goodness there is so much more available today. Reading this reminded me of the long ago day when I first read Hallidore Laxness.
Interessante Einblicke ins Kibbuz-Leben!
Der Fall ansich hat sich etwas verwickelt dargestellt. Manchmal war mir nicht recht nachvollziehbar, woher Ochajon seine Ideen hat. Die Gestalten bleiben blass!
I'm reading this to get a feel for kibbutz life. It's older, so many of the issues are outdated as kibbutzim become privatized. And this gives a good idea why. Slow to warm to it, but I'm getting through it.
Nov 28, 2007 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a passing good murder mystery. The most interesting part is not the actual mystery but the deconstruction of kibbutz society. The ideology does not match the reality of the characters' behavior.
Feb 27, 2010 Lotte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 stars. The close-up view of modern life in kibbutzim interested me; the sleuthing was paced nicely as the mystery grew but I found the ending flat and without interest.
Jan 08, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished it yet, but if you like a mystery with serious attention to characters, especially in the development of the detective, I recommend this highly.
Aug 09, 2008 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insights into Israeli life--Israeli detective Michael Ohayon is the main character in all of these. Note:Three is the top mark I give to mysteries.
Jun 17, 2009 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book that gave an up to date look at Kibbutz life today and the ramifications of this choice in today's Israeli society.
Jul 16, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Learning about life on a Kibbutz was interesting, but the middle of the book seemed drag to on. The ending was fairly predictable.
Aug 04, 2007 Michal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this series while I spent 8 months in Israel...I really sought out books by Israeli authors...and I love mysteries!
Maybe not the best detective story ever, but I really enjoyed the kibbutz background. It brought back memories.
May 24, 2009 Roxane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating - though you do get the impression that the author is not a big fan of the Kibbutz life style...
Julia Boylan
I read as much as I could, for the second time, but could not get involved enough to finish it.
Aug 31, 2010 Sally marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sally by: Stephanie Poggi
My friend Stephanie Poggi also recommends The Bethlehem Road Murder by the same author.
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