Murder Under the Fig Tree: A Palestine Mystery
Kate Jessica Raphael
She Writes Press, 2017 (2017)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
urder Under the Fig Tree
by Kate Jessica Raphael takes place in Palestine at a time when the Israeli government is rounding up those whom they feel pose a threat. Palestinian policewoman Rania Bakara is thrown into prison. Chloe Rubin, living in San Francisco, flies in to help her friend.
n Israeli policeman tells Rania he can get her out of prison if she agrees to discover who killed a gay young Palestinian. While the reader follows Rania – and Chloe – all over an area on both sides of the border between the two nations, we watch as the two women deal with personal anxieties as well as tracking down a murderer. They discover a world completely new to Rania – the gay community.
s well as being given a geographic tour of Palestine and Israel, if one should so choose, a good deal of Hebrew can be learned. The research into the writing of the novel is extensive and painstakingly done. But – the ugly
– the story, didn't raise a hair on my head. There's very little actual action and what does occur provides no real suspense.
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