The mystery was a classic recipe mystery but still entertaining. What carries the most interest for me is the look into the lives of Saudi women. Although not immediately I will want to finish this trilogy to learn more about the culture.
I enjoyed the details of like in Saudi Arabia, particularly the parts pertaining to women. Had my attention the whole book.
Years ago I heard a talk by a woman who lived in Saudi Arabia. I was appalled at the limitations on her life, even though she lived in the U.S. compound. This book gave me some insight as to the life of Saudi women today. The two main characters solve the mysterious death of a rich young Saudi woman by circumventing those restrictions, they still have to find ways to pool their information without being caught communicating illegally, so it becomes a game of avoiding the religious police and finding the information they need to find out how and why Nouf died. The end hints at a possible deeper relationship for the two detectives. The writing, plot, and character depth were excellent. I can hardly wait to read the next in this series.
had this been the first book i read in the series i probably wouldn't have read the rest of the series.
I'll admit the story is fantastical as has been said , I still find it a wonderful peek into another culture, which I think was the main idea of the author
In terms of describing Saudi Arabia's traditions, way of life and attitudes towards women - as beings who are at the lowest level of classification of all living creatures, the book is interesting, but I would not put it in genre of mystery.
An interesting look into another culture, even if improbable.
This is the first in a trilogy, which unfortunately I've read in completely the reverse order! Zoe Ferraris (the author), an American woman, had been married to a Saudi man and lived in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, she has a unique view of the life of woman Saudi. Having traveled there nine times, although it seems exaggerated, it is not; the restrictions and mores, and values are almost alien to American eyes! The book is a murder mystery and slowly reveals itself, as a relationship builds that sustains the trilogy. I recommend this series for anyone who wants to better understand life in Saudi Arabia.
This fascinating story investigates the mysterious disappearance of sixteen year old Nouf in the harsh desert surrounding her city. The mystery unfolds through twists and turns that illuminate the gender-segregated, deeply religious background of modern Saudi Arabia. I couldn't put it down!
Very interesting & revealing setting -- Saudia Arabia -- with solid whodunnit plot. Provides an intimate look at parts of Saudi / Muslim society while keeping reader involved in solving mystery.
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