[Book Review] Oranit: Crossed Lines by Michael Benjamin #promotion

Oranit: Crossed Lines Book Cover Oranit: Crossed Lines
Michael Benjamin

An Arab collaborator's body is found by a collapsed wall in the new Israeli settlement of Oranit. His death is hushed up and the body burned by the Palestinian villagers who hated him. Most people claim he died in his own village, although this is apparently untrue. Two years later his death is all but forgotten until a bullet is found by a wall, and everything changes. Old speculations of foul play are confirmed, and the collaborator’s death becomes a murder case.

Formerly a member of Israeli military field security, Oranit resident Jeannie now works for the Shin Bet Security Service. She's given the dubious task of "putting the case to rest again." Delving into the circumstances surrounding the Arab's death, Jeannie discovers a hidden world of smuggling, forgery and other doubtful activities tied to minor politicians and founding members of the Oranit settlement. Everyone, including Jeannie's own father, seems to be a suspect.

Author and retired Israeli army psychiatrist Michael I. Benjamin weaves an entertaining and occasionally humorous murder mystery through the tangled politics and racial tension of the Green Line, the Yom Kippur War, and the Holocaust. As Jeannie uncovers the truth, she'll never see Oranit in quite the same way.

** I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. This post may contain affiliate links that I may make a small amount from if you were to make a purchase.**

I loved this book, this was one of those mystery books that I just love to read, I just couldn’t put it down. It is set in Israel and for me it was an little bit of an eye opener at to what life is like there. We meet Jeanine who is working for the Shin Bet Security Service and is tasked with finding out what actually happened on a case from a few years ago that turns out involves her father and several other people that she is close to. She is uncovers information about the case only to be met with more questions. It was just a fantastic read and the build up was brilliant, it was a little slow for me to start with but we got the background of the story I loved the characters and thought it was very well written. Great mystery novel.


Fee is a 35 year old mother of three, who has been on the blogging scene since 1996. Over the years she has tried to change her style but finds the personal diary effect to be her niche - there are not many of those around in the blogging world nowadays.

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