Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris

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Katya Hijazi is one of the only women in the police force in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She actually works in the lab in forensics but her dream is to be an investigator. Through a combination of hard work, being in the right place at the right time and doing some investigating out of hours Katya is allowed assist in a case involving a serial killer who has murdered at least nineteen women. Inspector Ibrahim Zahrnai is the lead detective on the case, more women start to go missing including the detective’s mistress, Sabria and the disappearances are linked to the serial murders. Adultery is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and Zahrani has to take Katya into his confidence if he is to find the culprit. Time is of the essence as the kidnapped women could still be alive

I always find novels based in different countries very interesting. Being set in Saudi Arabia, there are lots of cultural references which gives an insight into life there and lots of different customs and traditions. There are several twists in the plot which will keep you guessing until the end.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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