NYMysteries Oct. 27
Yesterday I returned from the U. K. A few days before I had spent a week in Palestine. The Martin Randall Travel group was led by Felicity Cobbing, the curator of the Palestine Exploration Fund, founded in 1865 to study the Levant region. I asked her about the purpose of the PEF. It’s to examine the history of the region. It’s not political and it’s not philanthropic. As we all know, the region is mired in politics. Our small group of nine traveled to Bethlehem, Jericho and Jerusalem. We started our tour at Solomon’s Pools, south of the Palestinian village of al-Khader where Palestinian and
American scholars are restoring Herodion’s reservoir system. In Bethlehem we women wrapped our arms and head in scarves so the group could visit nearby Hebron’s Haram Al-Khalil, the Tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives. We stayed near Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem and had several delightful meals, surrounded by conceptual art about the current political climate. The photos are of the wall the Israelis built and of art in Banksy’s hotel. Next week: the Samaritans and lunch in a Bedouin camp
Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder.
Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old, the only witness to the stabbing and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in Singapore? She tells Millie.
Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner being stabbed while Kulchek was buying cigarettes? Escaping an attempted car bombing? His hated boss, Captain Dick Holbrook, being a trustee of the Windsor School? Losing his girlfriend to Holbrook?