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O Jerusalem (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #5)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Laurie R. King'sPirate King.

With her bestselling mystery series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, Laurie R. King has created "lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company," according to The New York Times Book Review. Now the author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice and The Moor--the first writer since Patrici...more
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Published April 28th 2009 by Bantam (first published 1999)
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I started reading this series loving them, but I have to say they are getting more and more disappointing. The characters are still the highlight, but King is having a worse and worse time with plots - this one felt so unresolved that I literally checked to see if there had been pages ripped out to explain what had just happened. I did like the descriptions of Palestine and the nomadic life of Holmes and Russell, but King's attention seemed to be so focused on that that the mystery element total...more
Joyce Lagow
Fifth in order of publication in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, the story line actually fits into the latter part of the debut novel in the series, The Beekeeper� s Apprentice.[return][return]Holmes and the 19 year old Russell have fled for their lives from England to British-occupied Palestine, where in addition to buying time in order to deal with a lethal criminal genius, Holmes and Russell will also look into a little matter for Sherlock� s brother, Mycroft, who holds a powerful bu...more
Getting through a series of novels with more than three or four books can be, in many ways, rather tedious. It is entirely easy to simply lose interest in the whole thing if the individual novels are unable to sustain interest, or the reader simply lacks the stamina to see the whole thing through from beginning to end.

Although I do have a personal reading policy about finishing any series I start if I like the first book, I will admit that there are difficulties in seeing this through, especial...more
This was a bit difficult to get into initially, because the setting - both time and place - are pretty foreign to me. I'm very ill-educated on the struggles that have been going on in the Middle East in general and Jerusalem specifically for thousands of years, and I'm aware of it.

However, King did her best to help me out with information about the language and a map of Jerusalem at the front. Russell helped me out in her narrative, being specific about the rules she was and was not following an...more
In the middle of "The Beekeeper’s Apprentice" Russell and Holmes leave England for a bit to get a breather from the relentless pursuit of there cunning opponent and agree to do a favor for Mycroft during their travels. This launches them into the world of international intrigue and the hands of the Hazr ‘brothers’. Two hard edged, unaccommodating ‘allies’?
Then there’s the walk with Russell and Holms on the path of the Good Samaritan, amazing!
Louise Chambers
What I'm beginning to learn about this series is that, while King has based these books on Sherlock Holmes, the series itself is in Mary Russell's voice and is about her.
This may be why, in reading some reviews of this book, and some others in the series, that some readers may be disappointed, or even perhaps peeved, that these books do not echo Conan Doyle's writing and plotting style, and indeed, do not use Holmes' voice to drive the story along.
Why is this a good thing? Because we can see, t...more
Man. I reaaaaly had to slog through this one. I mean, REALLY. I think the last 25 pages or so I just barely skimmed, just enough to get the point so that I wouldn't feel like I'd totally wasted my time. This was definitely my least favorite of the Russell/Holmes series so far. Clearly sort of an excuse for King to get all her religious knowledge across and cram everything about the Middle East into as many pages as possible. It ended up being sort of painful to get through.

I would actually reco...more
I wondered for a long time if I would ever come back to the Mary Russell series, they're a visual pleasure to read and the prose (if somewhat of a 1920's kickback with the ridiculousness of the run-on sentences) makes me want to roll around with contemplation and maybe go back for a second read.

The series placing of this novel is a strange one, despite being labeled the 5th in the series, chronologically it actually occurs just after the first book returning us to the relationship of the buddin...more
Excellent. Once again Laurie King creates the sense of "being there". In this case, "there" is Palestine in 1919. Not only does she seem to get the history right, but also the geography, the sociology and the feel and smell of the Middle east.

Another good tale, well told.
Actually, it's more like 2.5 stars, since Good Reads refuses to do that half star thing.

Mary Russell has officially plunged into the deep end of Mary Sue with the (view spoiler)...more

This is the fifth novel in the Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series, even though the narrative takes place within the time frame of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first novel in the series.

I continue to enjoy this series very much. In this novel, as always, King creates a wonderful sense of time and place. Here, the time is 1919 and the place is Palestine, newly under British mandate after the defeat of its long-time Ottoman Turk rulers. King’s description of the locations in the novel is e...more
O Jerusalem is the first Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novel I have read. I think that it was a good choice considering that although it is the fifth in the series, chronologically it follows the Bee Keepers Apprentice which is the first in the series. I had no other books in the series to compare it too so from that point of view I have to remark that I really enjoyed this story. Mary Russell is a wonderful character, full of life, intelligence and courage. I love how King envisions her relation...more
Just scrumptuous. I read this as the last of the (so far) 8 Mary Russell novels and believe it to be the best...right ahead of "Justice Hall." That both books feature the same two subsidiary characters may be to blame.

I really enjoyed the interplay between Russell, Holmes, Ali and Mahmoud as they slip around post-WWI Palestine. The latter two remind me of John Buchan's Sandy Arbuthnot in many ways and all feature similarities to the very real T. E. Lawrence.

The book actually has a snap of an e...more
Hovering between 4 and 5 stars for this one ... 4.5, really, and very close to rounding it up to five, but in the end I think it's a smidgen closer to the Goodreads rating of "I really liked it" than to "it was amazing".

Anyway, I really did enjoy this much more fleshed-out return to the Palestine & Jerusalem visit barely touched on in the very first book in this series, both because it was an excellent mixture of adventure and mystery, and because I loved getting another glimpse of Holmes an...more
The writing was adequate but the story was fair at best. One of the main characters is supposed to be Sherlock Holmes. In the first of this series, there is an explanation why the Sherlock Holmes in this series differs from Conan Doyle's Holmes. This is unacceptable. If you change the character of Sherlock Holmes as written by the original author, then you are using the name of a character for commercial purposes only since this is not the character the original author intended or the audience e...more
Ann aka Iftcan
In this, the fifth book of the Holmes/Russell series, we go back in time to fill in a gap in the first book (The Beekeeper's Apprentice) with the adventures of Holmes and Russell in the Holy Land. Lots of derring do, disguises and wandering around, keeping in character. A fairly good yarn, even if the bad guy isn't discovered until late in the book. I certainly didn't figure out who he was until the denoument, at any rate, and normally I know "whodunit" by the middle of a book at the latest.

Betsy Housten
I always want to support writers' experiments, especially when they take risks and do something radically different from their established patterns, but in this case it fell very flat for me. Besides the departure from chronological order that annoyed many other reviewers, this book included way too much historical, geographical, and culturally-related narrative, and not nearly enough mystery and deductions, for my tastes. At times I would have put it down had I not been on vacation with nothing...more
Very much enjoyed this book. I was able to whole-heartedly embrace the story as this is a story told out of order and goes back in time prior to the physical relationship between Holmes and Russell which I tolerate as an unbelievable side note in otherwise well written and conceived stories. The setting was, once again, completely different and I like seeing the characters interact in vastly different settings. The humor of Russell running around as an Arab boy for the majority of the book was w...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
This is an excellent read, and I cannot recommend Jenny Sterlin's narration highly enough! Two caveats: this is not an action packed story - it's incredibly rich in setting, but nothing really "happens" until the second half of the book. Also, the timeframe of this book takes place during the events of Beekeeper's Apprentice and might be best read as book #2.

Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/938230...
Tom Williams
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...more
I was very much interested in the history, geography, and religious lessons, the continuing of Holmes' and Russell's story lines, and the plot itself. What I do not care for is the abrupt ending; offenders discovered and dealt with in the last two chapters without an explanation as to why they did what they did. I believe I will keep reading this series while hoping the next books will tie everything nicely together. If not, I will probably keep reading anyway. King is worth the (many!) unanswer...more

Much as I love them all, this is one of my favorites. Mary takes on a male role and there is a bit of subtle comedy that allows for, in the midst of danger from many fronts. Having recently read Justice Hall, I noticed the foreshadowing of our seeing Mahmoud and Ali again, and it was a toss up which book I would suggest reading first. OT studies come to life again, a plodding, slow paced life style sounds at times absolutely in synch with faith development...whether that was intended or not, I h...more
When I started, I was exceedingly disappointed to find that this book was going BACK in time. I didn't want to go BACK. I wanted to move FORWARD, but as I kept reading, I found myself falling more into the story and enjoying it.

While reading, I realized what my problem is with these books. I love the mysteries, and I absolutley ADORE Sherlock and Mary, but I don't like the way King works history into her novels. Some authors can seemlessly weave history into fictional accounts, but King struggl...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
I loved the first three Mary Russell novels, set early in the 20th Century, which give Sherlock Holmes a romantic and sleuthing partner. However, the fourth book, The Moor, was less than stellar. I feared that the series might have jumped the shark. However, a commentator on my review of that last book reassured me it was just the low point in the series and it picks itself right up in the next. And so it proved.

Almost immediately I could feel this one would be solid. Perhaps King herself felt s...more
Ron Arden
Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell are in Palestine just after WWI on a secret mission (even they aren't sure what it is) set up by Holmes' brother Mycroft. They meet up with Ali and Mahmoud, 2 Arabs that take them on what appears to be an elaborate wild goose chase. We find out that they work for the mysterious Joshua, who speaks English. There is a good bit of intrigue as to who is who and what is what that eventually leads to General Allenby, who liberated Palestine from the Turks. The General...more
"O Jerusalem" is Laurie King's fifth book in her Holmes-Russell series; however, time wise it takes us back to the plot and time period of her first book "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." It's 1918. Nineteen-year-old Mary and her fifty-something mentor (Holmes) are forced to flee England to escape a deadly adversary. Sherlock's well-connected brother Mycroft sends them on a mission to Palestine. Here, a series of murders threatens the fragile peace. Disguised as itinerant Muslims and paired with two...more
We're at #5 of King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series but the time is earlier because this and the next book have the same characters and they fit better this way. You'd think these were factual stories of a person's career. Mary is only 18 and they have to get out of an England that has become a little too hot for comfort. Mycroft Holmes tells them that if they're planning to leave for a while he has a few foreign situations that Holmes could help with. Mary is given the choice among the su...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I haven't read anything from this series lately and since I have been recently studying the area, I found it to be very interesting. This book takes place in 1918 in Sherlock Holmes' twilight years when he and his young protege, Mary Russell have to leave England because of their previous case. Mycroft is able to arrange for them to help discover a terrorist plot in Jerusalem, keeping them out of the country for a while.

Holmes and Russell are smuggled into the area and meet up with two Arab oper...more
Loved the historical, descriptive elements of the book, and it certainly helps to explain how and why, in A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Russell and Holmes end up actually taking the final step toward love and marriage. The ordeals they go through in this book definitely ramp up the intimacy factor. It also helps to explain elements in A Letter of Mary, and I felt some pleasure at realizing the first time she was introduced (although without a name attached) that the archaeologist Holmes and Rus...more
I loved the first two books in Laurie R. King'd Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes series, and liked the next two a lot, but for some reason I had problems getting into this one. As per the chronological timeline, this story occurs in the middle (okay, last quarter) of the first book, and describes their adventures during the period they had to leave England. It is set in 1918 in British-occupied Palestine, and Russell & Holmes go undercover as two Bedouin men as they travel with two Arab advent...more
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