O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 operatives. As they cover the surrounding territory, there are all sorts of interesting bits of history which are included. The city of Jerusalem is honoring General Allenby who led the liberation of Palestine from the Turks and is expected to make a brief speech. It is interesting to note that the British have liberated the Palestinians from 400 years of oppressive Turkish rule and Allenby and T. E. Lawrence were the heroes of the hour. The Palestinians are grateful to the British and very much want them to stay and protect them from the Turks. Another interesting fact is that there are both Palestinian Arabs and Jews in the area who are living together fairly peaceably. The book is not especially fast paced, but the bits of Arab, Christian and Jewish culture are fascinating.
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