In Gur's third mystery, clever, charming Israeli investigator Michael Ohayon, whom readers fell in love with in Saturday Morning Murder and Literary Murder, must once again put his skills to work to solve a murder, this time within the complex, closed society of a kibbutz.
About the Author
Batya Gur (1947-2005) lived in Jerusalem, where she was a literary critic for Haaretz, Israel's most prestigious paper. She earned her master's in Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she also taught literature for nearly twenty years.
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This is mainly a view into kibbutz life with lots of commentary on the various directions that the kibbutz-movement is taking. The community and its characters are well described and the story gives you a good feel of the land and the people. Mystery-wise, it¿s a little ¿iffy,¿ though. I for one figured out who the killer was almost immediately, but that may be because I¿ve read Gur before and her set-up is similar from book to book. Also, the end is a bit deus ex machina where Ohayon somehow finds out a lot of information, but there is no explanation of how he finds out. Still an enjoyable read since I like Ohayon and the place and character descriptions are well written.
The 3rd in the Michael Ohayon series, set in Israel.About the only good thing I can find to say about this book is that there is some interesting information about the challenges and changes going on in the kibbutz movement in Israel today. Beyond that, the writing is uninspired, and the characters are one-dimensional, as in her first book--you really don't care what happens to anyone you meet.To make matters even worse, after slogging through the book at least interested in how the murder is resolved, the reader is suddenly slapped in the face, in the last two pages, with an utterly unsatisfactory denoument that comes out of left field.Extremely disappointing.