HUZZAH! The second in my Africa series--The Idol of Mombasa--launched this past Saturday. We MIE bloggers avoid Blatant Self-Promotion except when we have a new book out. Today it's my turn to take a victory lap.
Here is a the story in brief.
The Idol of Mombasa takes place in the Protectorate of British East Africa in 1912. The English King’s administrators are tangled in an uneasy peace with the Sultan of Zanzibar, especially when it comes to the slave trade. The British have outlawed slavery, but Sharia law allows it. Both laws obtain. That slippery morality infuriates Vera Tolliver, a Scottish missionary’s daughter, and her husband Justin, an English police officer, whose job is to enforce the law. Complications increase when a runaway slave is murdered. A lifelong friend of Vera’s family becomes the likeliest suspect, and British official fingers are knotted into the tangle’s every strand.
Here is what the critics are saying about it and its sister in the series Strange Gods:
“Set in 1912, Alfieri’s captivating, complex second mystery set in East Africa highlights cultural and social issues.” Publishers Weekly
"In Alfieri's intriguing series, some humans are less trustworthy than the wild animals in British East Africa in the early 20th century. The author expertly captures the beauty and danger of the land and the duplicity of man."—
"With the flair of Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, the cunning of Agatha Christie and Elspeth Huxley and the moral sensibility of our times, Alfieri permeates this tragic novel with a condemnation of imperialism, a palpable love of Africa, a shocking conclusion and a reminder that good does not always triumph." –Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch
“Alfieri aims for the audience who loved Out of Africa, with heartbreaking romance married to a complex mystery.” – Kirkus
Michael gave the launch a boost with an interview in The Big Thrill - the monthly magazine of International Thriller Writers. You can find that here.
AND my publisher is offering the paperback at a low introductory price. Follow this link to take advantage of it.
Wish good luck to the new kid on the block!