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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zoë Ferraris Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nayir Sharqi and Katya Hijazi Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188376
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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 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • Stellar.... A searing portrait of the religious and cultural veils that separate Muslim women from the modern world. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheena | 2/5/2014

    " CSI set in Saudi Arabia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sas | 1/30/2014

    " This was a wonderful sequel to "Finding Nouf". It was great to see what transpired in the interim between Nayir and Katya, while engrossing the reader in another good murder mystery, in a restrictive culture where the truth is not always easily discerned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/24/2014

    " I was drawn to Katya and Nayir in Finding Nouf and it's great to have these characters back In City of Veils. This book is entertaining and exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/22/2014

    " I started off skeptical, but was really surprised and pleased to find myself really getting into the novel - not able to put it down or wanting to get back to it as soon as possible. The storyline was so intriguing and things that I learned about Saudi culture was definitely mind opening. Unfortunately, the storyline's crescendo led to an anti-climatic ending that left me quite disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4cats | 1/14/2014

    " Fascinating crime novel set in Jeddah, giving insight into Saudi society and law. Well worth reading, if you are interested in the country and or like your crime/procedural reads. You also get an idea of what it's like for women living and working there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 1/7/2014

    " Good mystery and a very interesting portrait of a typically closed society. Women may have a more important role in Saudi society than I first thought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerda | 11/25/2013

    " It started off alright. I was fascinated with the whole male/female issue in Jeddah but that soon wears thin. I couldn't keep my interest and I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Transue | 9/25/2013

    " Great book that provided unique insight into the complexities of Saudi culture, while weaving an interesting mystery tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amalia | 9/20/2013

    " Well-written, thought-provoking mystery set in Saudi Arabia. I liked the way the protagonist does not overwhelm the story, but rather weaves in and out of the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/2/2013

    " This books is very interesting. It is set in Saudi Arabia and brings into play both conservatives and liberal Muslims as the main characters attempt to solve a murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valorie Hickey | 3/17/2013

    " .. Great story and wonderful character development "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillie | 2/21/2013

    " Enjoyed this one very much. Hope there are more in the series coming out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow Arune | 2/19/2013

    " Another wonderful book from Ferraris! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisaann | 2/1/2013

    " Loved this mystery, which features a female CSI technician in Saudi Arabia. You get a feel for the complexities of Saudi society, and the difficulties a female in a field dominated by men have. I immediately started another in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/29/2012

    " The second Zoe Ferraris book I've read. A very intense view inside Saudi Arabia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisafaith | 8/6/2012

    " It's rare to find a novel that takes you into the veiled world of Saudi Arabia. The deatils of life there add to this engrossing mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lark | 1/19/2012

    " I really like this series. It is a look at a modern culture that is new to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/17/2011

    " Sequel to Finding Noef, I liked this one even better. Great mystery plus a look at life as a woman in Saudi Arabia. This one has an American woman as a character as well as Muslim women. The horrors of a dust storm play a part in this one as well. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Paulson | 8/28/2011

    " Loved the cultural focus. The story and plot were good. Will read another by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 7/29/2011

    " I loved Finding Nouf, and I think this one is even better. Bringing an American couple into the Saudi world was a brilliant choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 4/18/2011

    " Loved it, can't wait for her next book.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonewoods | 4/2/2011

    " More like 3 1/2 -- not as good as the first novel, but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 4/1/2011

    " Fascinating look at the lives of women in Saudi Arabia through a straightforward mystery. Horrifying. Just about to start her first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 3/11/2011

    " Good mystery and a very interesting portrait of a typically closed society. Women may have a more important role in Saudi society than I first thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 3/10/2011

    " Interesting book - a crime novel set in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Very atmospheric showing a culture which is literally and figuratively foreign to westerners... and how a female detective copes in such a society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/22/2011

    " I like this series very much, though I liked the first one better than the second one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 1/22/2011

    " A murder mystery set in Jeddah. I like the way the author conveyed the way of life in this muslim city and revealed snippets of information throughout the book to keep you guessing to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/19/2011

    " Great book and excellent sequel.
    I can't wait for the next one!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/13/2011

    " Sequel to Finding Noef, I liked this one even better. Great mystery plus a look at life as a woman in Saudi Arabia. This one has an American woman as a character as well as Muslim women. The horrors of a dust storm play a part in this one as well. Definitely recommend it. "

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About the Author

Zoë Ferraris has an MFA from Columbia University and is the author of the novel Finding Nouf, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. She lives in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.