City of Veils

City of Veils

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316074278
Branch Call Number: F FER NVD
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 23, 2018

This book was entertaining and eye-opening, but I don't think I will read more in the series. I suppose I should have started with Book 1, but I don't know if that would have made a difference.

What worked for me?

*The setting. The author definitely benefitted from her time living in Saudi Arabia. I've never been there so I can't speak to total accuracy, but I felt like I was in a completely different world in this book. I thought she did a brilliant job showing the limitations within which women AND men must function.

*Lovely writing. There was some good writing in this book and I always appreciate that.

*The relationship between Nayir and Katya. That worked for me. It was sweet and genuine, but also complicated because of their social roles. The author does not shy away from that reality.

What didn't work?

*The plot. Fundamentally, this is a standard police procedural. I didn't really much care for the victim. In fact, I didn't much care for anyone. If you strip away the setting and the society, it was pretty "by the numbers" with some contortions along the way to make the plot work.

Katya's job. I don't know. I still felt as though the author had to take some leaps of logic and use some unrealistic strategies to get Katya involved in the investigation. Then again, if she didn't, I guess there wouldn't be a book.

Good effort and I'm glad I read it. I did learn a lot.

Oct 03, 2016

What is interesting in her novels is learning about the life of women and men in Saudi Arabia but the stories, plots etc are poorly conceived of. Not very well developed mysteries.

Jun 21, 2014

Katya Hijazi and Nayir el Sharqi once again find that their combined effort to solve a crime is more effective than working individually. This book involves Americans working as contractors in Saudi Arabia. The impact of one person's greed creates a situation that causes great sorrow to wives left to fend for themselves. A great read.

Dec 16, 2013

This is the third of an amazing series written by an author who lived in Saudi Arabia. It conveys what life is like in modern KSA, especially for professional woman and also about some Americans who go there for work and the men who fall in love with the society. The plot develops slowly and meticulously. It is a great book for learning about modern Saudi life.

Sep 06, 2013

Excellent book. Read 'Finding Nouf' first, but this can be read as a stand alone. The writer is captivating and weaves a very good story. The characters are alive and you easily become sympathic to their situations. The author gently leads us into the lives of women living in Saudi; it is a good view of what life can be like for professional women. Excellent book. Can't wait for the next one.

LaBeteNoir Mar 11, 2013

At the end of Finding Nouf, I wanted to know more about leading detecting characters. This follow up doesn't fail, good mystery story, good develpment of main characters and their personal stories. And you get to learn about another culture. Albeit a non-female friendly culture from my POV.

Nov 26, 2012

Took me a while to get into this book but it was worth it. I loved the female characters. I thought the author conveyed the atmosphere of Saudi Arabia.

Nov 18, 2012

This is the second book I've read by Ferraris. It's another glipse into a world that is both mysterious and alien to most Americans. As a murder mystery, the book is engaging, but it's more about the cultural mysteries of life in Saudi Arabia. I recommend this book and give it a B plus.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 05, 2012

Love this series. What makes it more than the usual "police procedural" for me is the setting. Saudi Arabia is so exotic, so far away from any frame of reference, the locale itself adds so much to the storyline. In places it reads almost like travel fiction. With so many foreign concepts and words (thank you, thank you for including a comprehensive glossary, Ferraris!) the sheer novelty of the details more than makes up for any little plot hiccups.

Oct 22, 2012

Loved this story almost as much as the first in the series, FINDING NOUF. Exciting and interesting, love all of the Saudi culture details. Hard to put down, highly recommended.

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