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The Jewel

Shulamit Lapid
Theft, murder, romantic intrigue – everything is here, and so is the disarmingly honest amateur sleuth, Lizzy Badihi. Lizzy's mother, Batsheva, is confined to a convalescent home for the aged, having cracked three ribs trying to retrieve a live carp from her bathtub. Visiting her mother, the last thing journalist Lizzy expects to run into is a double murder, but when patient Shifra Levitt is found dead in her bed from a bullet wound, holding a gun, Lizzy is there. Then follows the killing of Judy Bismut, chief nurse, which propels Lizzy into a hectic investigation. She searches the turbulent past for the answers, specifically a controversial affair that took place in Palestine during World War I, when some young Jewish idealists volunteered their services as spies for the British army in the struggle against the Ottoman government. Helped by Betty Pascal, Lizzy finds that the 80-year-old story continues to haunt the convalescent home. As in past investigations, Lizzy is gruff and determined and makes herself extremely unpopular. Here, too, her large, labyrinthine family serves as both help and hindrance.

Lizzy, whose industriousness and competence transcend her physical endowments, is a vulnerable, wonderfully strong woman.
Die Welt 

Shows charm and wit as did its predecessors [in the series] showing Lizzy’s turbulent daily life as a reporter... Jewel is a gem.
Remscheider Generlanz 

[Lapid’s] reading audience anxiously awaits the next murderous disturbance, again certain (as always) to be in Beersheva.
Israelitische Wochenblatt, Zurich 
With great finesse, Lapid interweaves detective characteristics and interhuman relationships.... Brimming with humor and suspense.
Actualite Juive

The Jewel
Title The Jewel
Author’s Last Name Lapid
Author's First Name Shulamit
Language(s) German, French, Italian, Serbian
Genre suspense
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1992
No. Pages 265 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Tachshit
Representation Represented by ITHL


French: Paris, Fayard, 1997
German: Munich, Bertelsmann, 1997; pback: 1999; Munich, Goldmann / Bertelsmann, 2000; Munich, Dotbooks, 2016

Serbian: Belgrade, Clio, 2004
Italian: Milan, Astoria, 2015
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