O Jerusalem (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #5)
Then there’s the walk with Russell and Holms on the path of the Good Samaritan, amazing!
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
That said, I had a great deal of trouble jumping back from the Mary and Holmes of A Letter of Mary and The Moor , where they are married and that part of their partnership is add...more
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 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
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
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
As usual, I enjoy the Holmes and Russell characters. However, (and...more
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
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
The book is set in post-WWI Israel where Holmes and Russell have take refuge from the criminal mastermind trying to kill them in the first book. They end up entangled in another criminal plot while making their way around the holy land. The plot was a little hard to follow as there is not a distinct assignment...more
I think I enjoyed this a little more than The Moor but on the whole it wasn't especially engaging. The action here takes place in Palestine over Christmas 1918/1919. This takes us back in time to the middle of the period covered by The Beekeeper's Apprentice and to an unmarried Russell and Holmes. For me the book just took too long to get going and I found Mary's narration pretty boring for a long while. I did get caught up in the action towards the end and I expect I'll pick up the next in this...more
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King's next novel The Bones of Paris, will be out in September 2013, seeing Touchstone's Harris Stuyvesant and Bennett Grey find the darkness beneath the light of 1929 Paris. In the Russell se...more