Wednesday, June 15, 2011

City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris

City of Veils is a semi-sequel to Finding Nouf - same main characters with a new mystery to solve. Here is the summary from the author's website:

When the body of a brutally murdered and severely disfigured woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable housemaid murder—unpleasantly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. Digging deeper, however, an ambitious lab-tech named Katya discovers that the body is not that of a disobedient servant, but Leila Nawar, a rebellious young filmmaker who has made more than a few enemies with her probing documentaries on religious hypocrisy and sexuality.

This book was just as good, maybe better, than Finding Nouf. I really enjoyed the plot, which twists and turns a lot. I also like learning more about Saudi Arabia and how society is over there. The author is an American who married a Saudi Arabian man and lived over there for about a year, so it seemed like a pretty true portrayal. Definitely a good read!

Read: May/June 2011 (on CD)

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