Murder Under the Fig Tree: A Palestine Mystery


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$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, feminist, queer activist, and radio journalist who makes her living as a law firm word processor. She lived in Palestine for eighteen months as a member of the International Women's Peace Service. She spent over a month in Israeli prison and was eventually deported because of her activism. She has won a residency at Hedgebrook and been a grand marshal of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade. She produces the weekly radio show Women's Magazine on Pacifica's KPFA, which is heard throughout Northern and Central California. Her debut Palestine mystery, Murder Under the Bridge, won the 2016 International Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal for Mystery.


2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Finalist in Multicultural Fiction & Mystery 2017 Foreword Indies Bronze Winner in Adult Fiction--Multicultural 2017 Foreword Indies Finalist in Adult Fiction--Mystery 2018 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Lesbian Mystery "Raphael draws on her experience as a human rights worker in Palestine to capture the Occupied Territories' intertwined grit and beauty. That, and a cast of thoughtfully developed characters will appeal to readers interested in complex political situations, such as fans of Parker Bilal's Makana mysteries."
--Booklist "Murder Under the Fig Tree is a beautifully written and layered novel that takes on the complexities and ambiguities of Palestinian life; it's also a damn good mystery that convincingly demonstrates a crime novel can also be fine literature."
--Michael Nava, author of Lay Your Sleeping Head
Praise for Murder Under the Bridge, Palestine Mystery Series #1 "One of the best mysteries I've read in a long time . . . Kate Raphael writes great women characters and does a fantastic job of portraying the realities of Palestinian life as background to a gripping story."
--Starhawk, best-selling author of The Fifth Sacred Thing and The Spiral Dance

"A stunning mystery novel by a talented new writer. Anyone picking up the book will be drawn in by Rania and Chloe, a dynamic, realistic pair of women sleuths. Raphael's experience in the Middle East adds convincing detail to this compassionate and suspenseful tale. An outstanding addition to the global mystery field. More, please!"
--Sujata Massey, author of The Sleeping Dictionary

"Raphael thoroughly captures the tension of life on the West Bank by setting a murder in a location marked by daily violence. Substantial yet humanly flawed female protagonists give depth to both the mystery . . . and the political and social turmoil of the region."
--Library Journal starred review

"I was such a fan of Kate Raphael's gripping and luminous first novel, Murder Under the Bridge, that I could not wait to get my hands on Murder Under the Fig Tree. Once again, Raphael has delivered a powerful, textured, boldly imagined, and brilliantly executed portrait of Palestine and Israel that is also a wicked pleasure to read. There are no characters in fiction quite like Rania and Chloe. Not to be missed!"
--Carolina de Robertis, author of The Invisible Mountain and The Gods of Tango