“I loved that I was reading a mystery while learning so much about women's issues in modern Saudi Arabia. I feel lucky to be a woman in the USA after reading this. But I really sympathized with the struggle of men and women who are trying to be modern and understanding and yet still be true to their religion.”Becky H wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Another fascinating mystery from Zoe Ferraris. These stories are set in Saudi Arabia and provide excellent insight into the intricacies of Saudi society and the complications they add to investigating murders. Her stories are lively, full of interesting characters and very descriptive.”Sarah T wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book. Better than her first one, Finding Nouf. Can't wait to read more of Nayir and Katya!”Elizabeth E wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really enjoyed this - not only was the story good but I enjoyed learning more about the Saudi culture. Hope she writes a 3rd one!”Julie F wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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!
“A thoroughly engrossing murder/detective story set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia... the story is as much about the characters and their frustrations with the very closed modest society they live in as it about solving the murder. I loved every minute of it!”Abby K wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was so impressed with Zoe Ferraris’ first book Finding Nouf that I looked forward to reading her second of the series City of Veils. I wondered if it would fulfill the promise of the first, if the budding and strained romance of Katya and Nayir would continue and if she would continue to explore the culture of Saudi Arabia, while helping the Western reader to understand it. Ms Ferraris has done all that and more by providing us with an interesting and multi-leveled mystery as well.
In City of Veils we are given a glimpse of what life is like in Jeddah for an American woman. Miriam Walker returns to Jeddah after a trip home and while her husband picks her up at the airport he disappears hours later. Miriam is trapped as she cannot drive a car unaccompanied, she hates wearing a veil and can only explore a small part of the city walking from the apartment she lives in.
In this book we find that Katya has been able to secure a position with the police and longs to be an investigator. The relationship between Nayir and Katya continues in an ever so strained and interesting way. I find myself hoping that they can make the necessary accommodations to their culture to find their way together.
I think mystery fans will be quite pleased with the plot line which is both intriguing and suspenseful.”
“Good mystery story that exposes the reader to the culture of Saudi Arabia. Fascinating read!”Linda K wrote this review Monday, August 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No