My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was beyond delighted after finishing “Sanctity of Hate.” I love this series and think very highly of the author, but the past couple of books in this series have been somewhat disappointing. This book, however, returns to the author’s usual high standards of impeccably researched historical detail, quirky, true-to-the-time and thoughtfully drawn characters, and an interesting murder mystery plot. What makes this book especially stand out, however, is the thoughtful portrayal of medieval times and the treatment of Jews during this period. The author does not disguise the truth of the deep and rampant anti-Semitism that existed during the middle ages, but she also puts that anti-Semitism in context in a fair and compassionate way. (And her portrayal of the anti-Semitism prevalent during this time period gives one pause about whether and how far we’ve evolved in our thinking since that time.)
All of the larger social issues are dealt with using a subtle and light hand. There is no preachiness, and the treatment of Jews is dealt with factually and realistically.
I highly recommend this book as a worthy addition to the series. And I absolutely LOVE the ending!