I've come across a mystery author whose books I haven't read yet but the book flap synoposes sound interesting and the reviews have been good. Her name is Batya Gur and her protagonist is an "Sephardic" detective, Insp. Michael Ohayon. The settings are contemporary Israel. Apparently there are six books in the series--and I guess that will be all, since the PW review of the most recently published book, Murder in Jerusalem, mentions that she died in August of 2005. Here is part (so as not to violate any copyright laws) oof the review as posted on the library catalog: "Gur's tremendous literary gifts are on full display in her sixth contemporary Israeli mystery to feature the understated but insightful Sephardic detective, Insp. Michael Ohayon (after 2005's Bethlehem Road Murder). The death of set designer Tirzah Rubin, ... appears to be an accident, but later evidence that it was murder brings Ohayon and his team into the swirl of personalities and politics that make up the national TV station, Channel One.... Once again, Gur uses a classic whodunit plot to explore human passions and insecurities with a sophistication equal to that of P.D. James and other better known authors of psychological crime fiction. The concluding moral dilemma Ohayon faces would have been fascinating to follow in future inquiries that will, alas, go unwritten, as Gur died in 2005. (Aug.)" Cindy __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.