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City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris
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Excellent cultural whodunit. A muslim woman is murdered and there are few clues. The police department has few women on the force and women must be married. The taboos of interaction between men and women who are not in their family is a large part of this book and it was fascinating. Courtship and the American concept of dating is basically impossible in Saudi Arabia and everyone is kept in line by the religion police. This is a finely written book, a good mystery and well defined characters from Osama the head police detective who will bend the rules, Nayir, a traditional muslim who struggles to do the right thing and and Leila, the victim who was murdered perhaps because she was trying to expose the hyptoscracy of Saudi-Muslim taboos. And of course Katya our young police woman. ( )
  bblum | Jul 7, 2017 |
A murdered Arab woman, and a missing American man form the basis for this mystery. I enjoyed learning about the intricate rules and prohibitions of the culture, but the difficulties in the relationship between the two main characters grew to be tiring. Glad I read the book, however. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jun 25, 2017 |
City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris is the second book in her mystery series that is set in Saudi Arabia. I read these books as much for the information about this closed society where woman are considered chattels and are forced to go in public in long black robes and with their faces covered. Many men appear to fear women and blame them for the desires they can inspire. Even though these books are set in the more ‘liberal’ city of Jeddah, there are still incidents of public floggings and executions.

The main characters in these stories are Nayir Sharqi, a Bedouin guide who also assists the police in their inquiries, and a female forensic scientist named Katya Hijazi. Although Katya works for the police, she has to maintain a lie that she is a married woman in order to keep her job. Nayir is in love with Katya but hesitates to say anything as he is unsure of her feelings toward him.

The mystery involves the discovery of a young woman’s body on a beach. She was brutally beaten, burned and stabbed before being discarded into the ocean. The case is a complicated one and eventually involves an American who is working in Jeddah and his wife. The murder mystery is gripping and at one point involves a particularly hair-rising sandstorm in the desert.

This is an excellent series with interesting police cases that also help to shed light on this strange and exotic culture. I highly recommend this original and creative series. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 28, 2016 |
I liked everything about this book - interesting plot, a story set in Saudi Arabia, great characters, fast pace and above all unpredictable ending of a mystery story. A book to definitely recommend! ( )
  Mrvica | Jul 24, 2016 |
4.5 stars

Miriam Walker flies to Saudi Arabia to join her husband in Jeddah; only hours after her arrival he's vanished without a trace. A few days earlier, the mutilated body of a young woman had washed up on the beach. The cases seem unconnected, but they once again bring together forensic scientist Katya and desert guide Nayir.

I loved the first book in the series, The Night of the Mi'raj, and I was really hoping the second one would live up to my expectations. This it certainly did in spades, I enjoyed every page of this multi-layered suspenseful mystery. There were many twists and turns as the story unfolded and I was kept guessing until the very end. The main enjoyment for me came once again from the insight into the way of life in Saudi Arabia, which sometimes seems to be from another planet altogether. Who's ever heard of things like religious police? Fatwa-online.com? Bluetooth burqas? Did you know it is immoral to walk one's dog in public? Ferraris provides a fascinating, and, I believe, balanced portrait of a society of many contradictions, and it makes for an intriguing read. I can't wait for the next installment!
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  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Adult/High School–In this follow-up to Finding Nouf (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), Ferraris reveals an even deeper inside view of the interactions of men and women in Muslim society, this time adding an American couple living in Saudi Arabia. Miriam hated living in Jeddah from the start, but it is only when her husband Eric disappears that she understands the full extent of her vulnerability. Despite his utter discomfort with testing the Muslim edict not to be alone with women, Nayir (desert guide extraordinaire) finds himself helping Miriam. And he also cannot resist when Katya, assistant in the medical examiner’s office, asks for his aid with an investigation into the murder of a Saudi journalist in her early 20s, Leila, .... ( A wonderful tension between Nayir and Katya runs throughout. The pacing is perfect, fast enough to keep readers engaged, but allowing the fascinating cultural details to be clear. Elements such as the introduction of a bluetooth burqa and an intense desert sandstorm rescue will appeal to teen readers. ...–Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City
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American novelist Ferraris....renders a suspenseful mystery and a sobering portrait of the lives of Muslim women.
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After the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on a beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim, along with the help of female coroner Katya and her friend Nayir, discovers that the victim was a controversial filmmaker and must discern whowanted her dead.… (more)

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