"Gur hasn't outgrown the usual blemishes of this series (Murder Duet, 2003, etc.): thin plotting, shaky prose, characterization that too often echoes soap opera. Even so, her Jerusalem still fascinates."
"A bit confused by 'the largely unnecessary device of introducing a hidden narrator,' Kirkus considered Shammas's family mystery a 'vibrant and original' work."
That the publisher lists this in the "Literature/Middle Eastern Studies" categories on the book jacket suggests that there's some extraliterary dimension to Shammas's admittedly autobiographical story.
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