O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his nineteen-year-old apprentice Mary Russell enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes’s enigmatic brother, Mycroft. Their arrival coincides with a rash of unsolved murders that has baffled the... show more
At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his nineteen-year-old apprentice Mary Russell enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes’s enigmatic brother, Mycroft. Their arrival coincides with a rash of unsolved murders that has baffled the authorities and seems unrelated to the growing tensions in the area among Jew, Moslem, and Christian. Still, no one is too pleased at Holmes’s insistence on reconstructing the most recent homicide in the desert gully where it occurred. What they unexpectedly uncover will lead Russell and Holmes through an exotic gauntlet of labyrinthine bazaars, verminous hovels, cliff-hung monasteries—and into mortal danger. In the jewel-like city of Jerusalem, they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for power could reduce the city’s most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite a tinderbox of hostilities just waiting for a spark.…
Publish date: April 28th 2009
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (#5)
Fun, fresh entry transplanting the typically British Holmes stories to the Middle East. A pleasant shift from the previous entry, The Moor, which felt quite a bit slower-paced, or perhaps simply of a different, less appealing form of exoticism. Great cast, with some rather James Bond dashing about a...
“Actually, no,” Holmes said, completely ignoring the man’s fury and sounding merely bored—an old and effective technique of his. “She will not wear those clothes, or anything like them. No burkah, no bangles, no veil. She will not walk behind us, she will not cook our food, she will not carry water ...
This is a review for the audiobook version, which I listened to in the car to and from work and during which I was on school holidays for 2 weeks. I say this as a partial explanation for the next line: Holy cheese whiz, it's finally over! It felt like this book took an unusually long time to ge...
This is absolutely my most favorite series ever! Every book in the series is fantastic-5 star! If you like Sherlock Holmes, you have to read this pastiche. It's the best one I've read yet.
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 b...