When Hani, an Egyptian diplomat under Akhenaten, is sent to investigate the murder of a useful bandit leader in Syria, he encounters corruption, tangled relationships, and yet more murder. His investigation is complicated by the new king’s religious reforms, which have struck Hani’s own family to the core. Hani’s mission is to amass enough evidence for his superiors to prosecute the wrongdoers despite the king’s protection—but not just every superior can be trusted. And maybe not even the king!
Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes is an exciting mystery set in the ancient times of Egypt. There’s plenty of mystery, suspense, and action on these pages. The story is full of political and religious trouble. So many motives for the investigation that it’s no wonder Hani has his hands full. He has to step carefully because the politics are being affected by the religious movements. The King is also a suspect. The way things are being handled has led Hani to being suspicious of everyone from the top to below. This writer has wonderfully swept me into the lands and times of Egypt. I felt like I have time traveled from my reading spot. Detailed and well-written, I enjoyed this story. Hani is a character that I liked. He’s a good person with good intentions and full of doubt and fear as he continued his investigation into the murders happening in Egypt. I look forward to reading the next adventure in this series.