Nayir al-Sharqi, known by his friends for religious piety and his Bedouin-like knowledge of the desert, lends his assistance to a wealthy family when their soon to-be-married daughter Nouf goes missing. After a short search, the girl is found dead, apparently drowned in the desert during a freak deluge. Something about her death doesn't sit well with Nayir, however, and he makes an uncomfortable alliance with a female coroner's technician to determine what really happened.
The riveting mystery in Finding Nouf is complemented by the novel's engaging protagonist, whose romantic awakening will linger long in readers' thoughts.
©2008 Zoe Ferraris; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. While there is a whodunit at the center of the storyline, I was captivated by the many details of daily life in Saudi Arabia. Inside the head of a righteous Muslim, the retrictions on women from clothing to needing a driver or male escort to the difficult, if not impossible, effort to get to know a member of the opposite sex. Give it a listen!
Interesting story but it drags in spot. At times character introspection makes the story lag way too much.
This is not a story to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. The solution is pretty obvious early on. Consequently it has moments where the story really drags. It is less of a mystery than an exploration of chraacters. I got really fed up with Nair and his thoughts. I am not a reader who like to spend too much time with characters whose thoughts fill too many pages.
At first I didn't like the narration but I guess it suited the story which was very male oriented. However, the narrator is not good with female voices. Simon Prebble he is not. The narrator was OK but not great.
It took me several days to listen to this book as I would get bored with it frequently.
A better book by this author is City of Veils which is a very gripping mystery story and moves along well. This book has too many spots where it drags.
The butler didn't do it, and I had a hard time figuring it out until near the end. I lived in Saudi Arabia for a year, and the culteral backdrop is accurate in my opinion.
A stunning view of a world to which few of us are privy. Excellent narration and a fascinating story. Loved it.
The perspective of life in Saudi Arabia - the role of women.
Nayir - his knowledge of the desert and the fact that, while being very traditional, he is able to be open to the changes around him - particularly those of the roles of women.
Only that I have been telling everyone I know to read it.
Unique approach by a detective, dealing with the death of a young woman, in a totally "veiled" society. I feel that everyone should read this for a better understanding of this part of the world.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I find the best detective stories are often not about the crime. Instead they're about the world in which the crime happens.
This is a view into the world of Muslim women that I suspect is neither romaticised or vilified. The whole premise turns on the men in this woman's life who have no idea who she is. It's not a quiveringly good book but it's a good read and a fascinating glimpse into another world.
This is a fascinating glimpse into a world we westerners know so little about. The author does a great job pulling us into the realities of modern day Islamic culture through her characters and she creates a commonality that leaves one caring about people we probably never would give a second thought to. An enjoyable and thoroughly interesting story!
Enjoyed this book. Great combination of mystery, character development. Loved the author's explaination and description of a muslim world where you finish the book with a better understanding of the role of women, the strength of women without judgement. Can't wait for more books from this author.
I enjoyed learning about the country more than who done it, honestly.
It was interesting to see how law enforcement worked over in the middle east and how the culture differed from my own.
I'm normally not much of a murder mystery guy, but yes, I'd say this was worth the read. More so because the middle east fascinates me then for the actual mystery, but still...
Learning about the culture and how the characters interacted within the confines of that culture.
Spoiler: The difference between how "Desert Detective" behaved at the beginning and how he behaved at the end with regards to the female Lab Technician,especially at the Ferris wheel.
When he was taken into the aquarium room: it made me want to see that room and if it existed in reality.
No, just wanted to read the next book about these two people!
I saw a review that said the second book was not as compelling as the first, but that won't stop me from reading it! I hope the author continues the series, as it is very interesting and I like the detecting duo.
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