The Eighth Veil

The Eighth Veil

by Frederick Ramsay


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It is 28 CE, the time of the feast of Tabernacles. A servant girl is found in the baths of the palace of King Herod Antipas, her throat cut. Jerusalem is buzzing over the brutal death of a prophet, John, known familiarly as the Baptizer, and Prefect Pontius Pilate wants no more trouble. So he coerces Gamaliel, the chief rabbi and head of the Sanhedrin, into investigating the girl's death. Gamaliel is a Talmudic scholar, not a sleuth. But as he learns more of the dead girl's background and that of some key suspects, he begins to fit the evidence together. The entwined histories of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Herod the Great, Anthony, and Augustus Caesar suddenly gain relevance to affairs in Jerusalem. And all the while, an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth with his ragged band of enthusiasts and his habit of annoying Caiaphas, the High Priest, moves enigmatically in the background....

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ISBN-13: 9780967759050
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Series: Jerusalem Mysteries Series , #2
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 348,279
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Frederick Ramsay has published fourteen books that range from historicals (The Jerusalem Mysteries), to Africa (The Botswana Mysteries), to police procedurals (The Ike Schwartz Mysteries). In addition, his stand-alone Impulse was named one of the Best 100 Books of the Year in 2006 by Publishers Weekly. He is an iconographer and an accomplished public speaker. He lives and writes in Arizona.



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The Eighth Veil: A Jerusalem Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mosh More than 1 year ago
Was looking forward to better development of life in 1st century Jerusalem as well as character development. This book fell short of both. Interesting story line. Good entertainment.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Frederick Ramsay in his new book, “The Eighth Veil” Book One in the Jerusalem Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press introduces us to Gamaliel. From the back cover: The Eighth Veil is a mystery set in the year 28 CE in Jerusalem during the feast of Tabernacles. A murdered servant girl is found in the palace of King Herod Antipas. The Prefect, Pontius Pilate is in attendance. The populace is still buzzing over the brutal death of one of their Prophets, John, known familiarly as the Baptizer, and scandal is in the air.Pilate does wants no trouble and insists an independent investigation into the murder be made. Antipas will have none of Pilate’s men in the palace and Pilate doesn’t trust Antipas. Gamaliel, the chief rabbi and head of the Sanhedrin is coerced by Pilate to do the detective work.Gamaliel is a Talmudic scholar, not a sleuth and at first struggles. But as he learns more of the dead girl’s background and that of the other major players in the drama, particularly Menahem, Antipas’ foster brother, he soon becomes eon over to the process and, Sherlockian-like, begins to fit the pieces together. Or, as his “Watson” Loukas says, strips the veils from his personal Salome.The girl turns out not to be the mere servant everyone assumed, in spite of his impatience with the pace and direction of the investigation Pilate is rewarded and the fascinating, little told but critically entwined, histories of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Herod the Great, Anthony and Augustus Caesar, and the Battle of Actium suddenly seems more relevant to the Gospel narratives than anyone might have previously imagined.Meanwhile, the figure of Jesus, the rabbi from Nazareth, with his ragged band of enthusiasts and his habit of annoying Caiaphas, the High Priest, moves enigmatically in the background. I think one of the hardest things to do is to craft a complex murder mystery. To add in a Rabbi that really doesn’t want to solve a murder but is being forced to just adds to the flavor of the story. “The Eighth Veil” is a murder mystery set in Jerusalem at the time of Christ and is a gem of a story with a lot of real-life characters that we are already aware of. It has the feel of meeting up with old friends. Get ready to pound the streets of Jerusalem as Gamaliel not only sets out to discover who murdered the woman but who she really is. Danger, excitement and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. These are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover. “The Eighth Veil” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. I am so glad I found Mr. Ramsay and am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
hereford More than 1 year ago
I added this book to my Nook on a whim--now I want more! Dr. Ramsay subtly weaves Biblical characters with fictional ones so that there is a surprise in every chapter. I love books that keep me thinking, not just about the "mystery," but about the characters and the setting as well, and this one meets every requirement. It was advantageous to have a pretty thorough knowledge of the time period, Roman, Egyptian, and Israeli, but his historical explanations both at the beginning and the end further enhance the novel. I still kept wanting to "turn back" to the opening notes to review what he had said or to look at his "family trees," however. (This is the one thing I do not like about my Nook--not his fault, of course--but the difficulty with looking back and my poor eyesight makes doing either thing nearly impossible.) So, in a sense, I'd have rather read this in book form. However, I'm busily looking at his other selections right now trying to decide on a second Nook book, so I guess it's not TOO irritating. I did go to the internet and look up Herod's family at one point, however. No matter your religion, this book is fabulous! I hope the suggested historical characters appear in additional novels.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
Set in the year 28 CE, in the city of Jerusalem, this book cleverly mixes historical figures with a first rate murder mystery. Frederick Ramsay has his protagonist, Gamaliel, the chief Rabbi and leader of the Sanhedrin, summoned by Pontius Pilate to investigate the murder of a girl whose body was found in the bath in the palace of King Herod. Readers will discover a new, fresh approach to Biblical history while enjoying the progression of the sections of the book which are named after the Hebrew days of the week; for example, the first section is titled Yom Rishon, which is the name of the first day of the week, equivalent to our current Sunday. The title of the book comes from an observation made by Gamaliel in reference to the legendary Dance of the Seven Veils, reportedly danced by Salome, the step-daughter of Herod, which led to the beheading of John the Baptist. We get new insights into the character of Yosef bar Kayafa, or Caiaphas, and there are references to a certain troublesome, heretical Rabbi who is not named, but whom Christian readers will have no problem recognizing as Yeshua or Jesus. The wry humor and observations of Gamaliel reflect his wisdom, and add to the flavor of the book. Readers will discover along with Gamaliel that the murdered girl was more than just a servant, and that the pendant which she wore contains a key to her rape and murder. This book is written well, and since it's fairly short for a mystery novel, would make great weekend or vacation reading. Highly recommended.