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The fifth Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell adventure actually takes place in time near the end of the first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, when Holmes and Russell have raced off to Palestine to recover from a bombing and possibly do some secret government work for Holmes's brother Mycroft. The year is 1919. With Mary disguised as an Arab boy and Holmes as a Bedouin, the pair hooks up with Arab-British agents Mahmoud and his nephew Ali, and begin to investigate the murder of several of their other agents in the delicate period after England has defeated the Turks to take control of what will become Israel 27 years hence. Holmes divines that a mastermind named Karim Bey, who used to torture prisoners for the Turks and briefly has his way with the British detective, plans to dynamite the Temple Mount in Jerusalem--right when British General Allenby is meeting with various local leaders above. Holmes and Russell must find their way through the tunnels, cisterns, acqueducts, and caves beneath the ancient city to prevent this from happening.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil subgroup in own govt

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   archaeology Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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