Murder Under the Fig Tree, the second in Kate Raphael’s series of mysteries set in Palestine, lived up to all my criteria for a great mystery. It was suspenseful and engrossing in the way that I like so much, where I think about the book when I’m not reading it, where I can’t wait to get back to it, where I don’t pay any attention to anything around me when I’m reading, where I wonder what will happen to the characters when the book is over. It is one of a genre that I know of as ‘place mysteries’, when the location is very integral to the story. There is a lot about Palestine and about the israeli occupation, but it is so totally integrated into the story and the mystery, that I found myself learning things almost without knowing it. Buy it/order it at your local bookstore, or get it at the library. For more info go to kateraphael.com.