City of Veils

City of Veils When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah Saudi Arabia Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable murder chillingly common in a city where the vei

  • Title: City of Veils
  • Author: Zoë Ferraris Kate Reading
  • ISBN: 9781400118373
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Audio CD
  • When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable murder chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death But Katya, one of the few females in the coroner s office, is determined to identify the woWhen the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Detective Osama Ibrahim dreads investigating another unsolvable murder chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death But Katya, one of the few females in the coroner s office, is determined to identify the woman and find her killer Aided by her friend Nayir, she soon discovers that the victim was a young, controversial filmmaker named Leila Was it Leila s connection to an incendiary Koranic scholar or a missing American man that got her killed City of Veils combines a suspenseful and tightly woven mystery with an intimate and nuanced portrait of women s lives in the Middle East.
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    • Jill says:

      There have been many literary mysteries written and many books about the plight of women in repressive Saudi Arabia, but I have never read an author who is able to so seamlessly weave these threads together to create a potboiler thriller that sizzles with knowledge.Set in Jeddah – seemingly one of the more liberal cities of Saudi Arabia – the core of the story focuses on a burqa-clad and tortured body of a young woman on a beach. Three stories are interwoven: a whodunit story of how she got [...]

    • Harry says:

      Book Review:The saga of Katya and Nayir continues in this, the second in this Ferraris series.Elsewhere here on GR I have been embroiled in commentary regarding the nature of protests: political, economical, etc. And as I was responding in that particular thread my mind kept returning to perhaps the only form of protest not mentioned: the fictional author mounting a protest. In particular it kept returning to my latest read in a mystery series quite unlike any other.City of Veils is assuredly a [...]

    • Bettie☯ says:

      Description: The body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach; soon afterwards, a strong-minded American woman finds herself alone and afraid in the most repressive city on earth when her husband suddenly disappears.Investigating police officer Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.B [...]

    • Blumental says:

      A lot of reviews of this book make us believe that the interesting angle for this crime novel is the fact that it is set in Saudi Arabia, written by a quasi-local and, hence, that the novel offers us an insight into a world we know very little about. Unfortunately, this book fails to do so in quite a disappointing fashion.In my view City of Veils does very little to shed more light on an intriguing culture and instead re-hashes preconceived, rather superficial notions of the culture of Saudi Ara [...]

    • Giovanni Gelati says:

      This novel is an eye opener. I am the proud father of seven girls (we also have a son) and must say that the way in which women are treated in the Middle East have always stunned me. City of Veils gave me a new perspective on the whole thing. Zoe Ferraris has a unique viewpoint being both a woman and having lived in the Middle East, experiencing it first-hand. Her previous novel, Finding Nouf, was a Los Angeles Times Prize Winner.Here is the summary of the novel; When the body of a brutally beat [...]

    • Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:

      Life for women in Saudi Arabia =Burqa requiredBrain optionalBYOB(Bring Your Own Brother/Bodyguard/Bedouin) any time you set foot outside your home. I thought City of Veils, although perhaps overlong, was a much better novel than Finding Nouf. It explores the varying levels of compliance with religious law in what is considered an "open" city, from both a male and female perspective. I found it especially interesting to read how modernization might pose dilemmas for devout men, as we usually tend [...]

    • Eszter Faatima Sabiq says:

      I hesitated between 2 and 3 stars because it is an entertaining read but also full of pretentious nonsene. The writer is trying hard to describe Saudis, Arabs and Muslims in a surprisingly unconventional way- the bad guy is an atheist, the good guy is a fundamentalist and Islam is nice just misunderstood etc. but she fails in understanding how Muslims feel or think in the framework of their beliefs and religion and towards an authority representing and enforcing one understanding of Islam. She a [...]

    • Mirela Ivancevic says:

      Ova knjiga ima sve što treba imati punokrvni triler. Odličan zaplet , savršenu napetost koja ne prestaje ni na jednoj stranici , jako zanimljive glavne likove koji se bore sa nekim svojim "demonim " . Uz sve to spisateljica nas upoznaje sa jednom kulturom koja je nama "zapadnjacima" uglavnom nepoznata , a koja u čitaocu stvara dodatnu dozu napetosti i intrige . Poglavlja su kratka , čita se u jednom dahu , preporuka svima koji vole dobar krimić / triler.

    • Laura says:

      There are some books that we do regret when it's finished. This is one of them.4* City of VeilsTR Finding NoufTR Kingdom of Strangers

    • Julie Christine says:

      I wondered several times during The City of Veils if I could read another Nayir Sharqi mystery after this follow-up to the mesmerizing Finding Nouf. The oppressive Saudi culture and the unforgiving interpretation of Islam that requires subjugating women sets a haunting and desperate tone that is almost unbearable. I wince at the thought of spending more time in the wet, stifling heat of Jeddah and with its suffocated citizens. Yet, this is a brilliant and irresistible work of literary crime fict [...]

    • Sanaa Iona says:

      This book I thought was brilliant. Crime, religion, culture and mystery all in one. FAB!!!! I don't like to make a review and basically tell what the whole story was about because then those who haven't read it know too much but the way the characters within the book are portrayed and portrayed with such realism I thought made this story all the more soo real. Each of the main characters intrigued me in their own way and I could relate to them all in way or another. As a Muslim woman I think I r [...]

    • Joy says:

      This book was read for my 2016 Reading ChallengeAround the World in 80 Books I first discovered Zoë Ferraris when I read around the world in 2013. So I was really excited for this challenge when I saw another book had been released in the Nayir Sharqi & Katya Hijazi saga. A murder mystery and criminal investigation set against the religious extremism and the harsh desert of Saudi Arabia is the perfect combination for a cannot-put-this-down read. City of Veils picks up roughly a year after F [...]

    • Debbie says:

      I loved it!Another winner from authorZoe Ferraris. City of Veils is a must read if you read her first novel in this series, Finding Nouf. I read Finding Nouf some time ago and enjoyed it so much. I always intended to read this next book in the series. I really don't have any logical excuse for the delay. Maybe I forgot how much I liked these characters. Catching up with Katya and Nayir was like a reunion with old friends. This is a murder mystery series with a twist. What makes this so interesti [...]

    • Wanda says:

      17 DEC 2015 - a recommendation through Bettie. She really does read great books. Many Thanks, Dear Friend.

    • switterbug (Betsey) says:

      Jeddah is an intriguing place to set this crime thriller/social examination of Islamic culture. It is the gateway to Mecca, but also the most cosmopolitan of cities in Saudi Arabia. It lends itself to exploring the conflicts between a more traditional way of thinking and a more progressive outlook. The novel contains men and women on various sides of belief, as well as the American perspective. In Jeddah, laws are more liberal, and lend itself to some ambiguity, such as the wearing of the burqa [...]

    • Tara Chevrestt says:

      This is not typical thriller. You don't race through it, figure out whodunit by page 30, roll your eyes when the heroine predictably bangs some FBI agent or her partner, and forget about it. Instead, this is a very thought evoking and eye opening story. As well as a murder mystery, this book includes an eye opening look at what life is like for women in Saudi Arabia. Some choose to hide behind the veil, some are tired of hiding behind the veil. Some dare to walk out of their homes without a male [...]

    • Jamie Collins says:

      I really enjoyed this second book from Ferraris: another murder mystery set in modern day Saudi Arabia. Perhaps someone suggested that her first book was too sympathetic to Saudi culture, because this one is much harsher. We get the point of view of an American woman who feels trapped and humiliated by the restrictions on women - her husband is late picking her up at the airport so that we can witness the procedure for “unclaimed women”. We see a woman being chastised on the street by the re [...]

    • Evelyn says:

      I zoomed through this in a couple of days. It is a wonderful followup to Ferraris' first book, "Finding Nouf." I am on the fence between a 3 star rating and a 4 star rating. I love the characters. I will certainly read anything else written in this series. It is highly engrossing, but not great literature. It reminds me very much of Faye Kellerman's first books, but set in Saudi Arabia. The two main characters are Muslims struggling with orthodox religion and their growing relationship, while Ke [...]

    • Dee says:

      WowI loved this book from the setting to the story, I will definately be seeking this author out in the future. The setting of Saudi Arabia is definately not commonplace in fiction and it was obvious from the writing that the author had either lived in the society or done a significant amount of research because it seemed authentic. I could understand the confusion that Miriam would have felt having come from the US to the Saudi culture. The plot was fast moving, and I didn't figure out who did [...]

    • Elizabeth Moffat says:

      I had such high hopes for this novel when it first started! I was so intrigued by it being set in the middle east and was fascinated to learn more about what is expected of women in that culture. However, the story didn't really go anywhere and I didn't really warm to any of the characters. Just an ok book for me.

    • Carey Combe says:

      I loved this a great deal more than the first one. Gives a wonderful perspective of what it is like to live in Saudi culture. The mystery was also excellent, had me guessing right up to the end. Excellent stuff.

    • Miriam says:

      A really well-written and fascinating mystery that also gives insight into the Saudi Arabian culture.

    • Cheri says:

      I enjoyed the mystery and the setting very much, but was disappointed in the character development. I no longer understood the continued attraction between Katya and Nayir that was so well done in the previous book (Finding Nouf).

    • Alesa says:

      I usually avoid mysteries, especially murders. But having lived in Saudi Arabia, the premise of this novel intrigued me. And from page 1, I was hooked.Although this book works well as a mystery, the best part about it, for me, was the way the author accurately conveyed the general sense of fear a woman always feels in the Kingdom. After I returned, I found myself paranoid about all sorts of small things, such as finding myself alone with anyone male in an elevator at Nordstrom's. City of Veils b [...]

    • Donna LaValley says:

      Although I didn’t read the first in this series of 3 books, I enjoyed this 2nd. Main characters are both male and female, combining forces to solve a crime in modern Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A young woman’s body (Leila Nawar) is found. A filmmaker who made controversial documentaries about various types of oppression in Saudi Arabia, she had enemies and critics, especially among the religious police who are a different organization from the legal police force. She worked in a factory that made [...]

    • David says:

      A detective mystery set in Saudi Arabia. Your first thought might be that there is going to be a lot of exposition about Islam and contrasting radical extremists with "good" Muslims, or disquisitions on the status of women in Islam and how much it sucks to be a Saudi woman. While these topics come up (and yes, it does kind of suck to be a Saudi woman), Zoe Ferraris never gets up on a soapbox and neither do her characters. I was skeptical at first, but the writing is plain, straightforward narrat [...]

    • Mark says:

      This is the second in a series featuring Bedouin desert guide Nayir Sharqi and forensic investigator Katya Hijazi, set in Saudi Arabia. In this book, they both become involved in the case of a woman whose body is found washed up on the beach, horribly burned and with multiple stab wounds. Later, the case leads to the disappearance of an American bodyguard, but it is well into the book before his link to the dead woman is revealed.Zoe Ferraris does a wonderful job of depicting the complexities of [...]

    • Jonathan Maas says:

      Beyond good, beyond a great read, beyond a great premise. Only thing I can really add that has not been already:* Readers need not read #1 in this series. I have not, at least not yet, and it was great.* Though the premise has few western characters, western readers will find it easy to follow and identify with them. Even the conservative ones, or perhaps especially them!* Though it has been compared to The Da Vinci Code, I thought it surpassed that book in many regards. Namely that it went abov [...]

    • Susanne says:

      Wie im ersten Band der Reihe hatte der Kriminalroman schon durch das exotische Setting mein Interesse gewonnen. Die Handlung spielt in Dschidda, einer der großen Städte Saudi-Arabiens. Auch die beiden sympathischen Protagonisten, der Wüstenführer Nayir und die forensische Assistentin Katya sind wieder bei den Ermittlungen dabei. Doch im Vergleich zum ersten Band zeigt "Totenverse" deutliche Schwächen.Im ersten Band der Serie habe ich viel Interessantes über die saudische Kultur, Mentalitä [...]

    • Sarah says:

      Finding Nouf, the author's first novel, was a 2009 Alex Award winner and a huge favorite of mine (especially since I was on that committee). Why did I wait so long to read City of Veils? I truly believe that Ferraris is one of the best authors writing in the adult fiction realm. She is so readable--hundreds of pages zoom by without the reader realizing it. I want to know her characters and be their friends. Although, honestly, Nayir would have a hard time with me since I'm American and don't kno [...]

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