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It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames. With her unerring flair for the dramatic, Laurie R. King packs this novel with bloodcurdling adventure, clever disguises, and layers of intrigue. Jenny Sterlin's superb voicing of the prickly Holmes and the fiercely intelligent Russell captures every nuance of their unconventional relationship.
©1999 Laurie R. King (P)1999 Recorded Books
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By connie on 08-24-09

if you like Russell as theologian

and like to imaginitvely explore the geography (physical and spiritual) of the holy land circa 1919, then you will love this.

I agree with other reviewers that this is not for those who want a fast-paced, straight forward mystery.

I love the narration; in fact, I don't think I'd enjoy reading this series. But I can see that the very distinctive style is one that listeners will either love or hate, especially if they discovered this series first in print.

A bonus: This fiction can actually help you better understand the Middle East and the aftermath of WWI - It sent me to listening to "Paris 1919" once I'd finished.

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By Alexa Maros on 05-06-09

O Jerusalem! What fun!

Funny, witty and lots of thrills with Mary Russell and her favorite detective. A wonderful installment in Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes influenced series. As always, the narrator is a delight. All 30 voices of her!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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