Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Study of Silence by Malia Zaidi Weekend Blitz!

Title: The Study of Silence
Author: Malia Zaidi
Genre: Mystery
Format: eBook 
Pub Date: 27th February
Can be read as a standalone: Yes

Blurb: Lady Evelyn Carlisle has returned home to England, where she is completing her degree at St. Hugh's, a women's college in Oxford. Her days are spent poring over ancient texts and rushing to tutorials. All is well until a fateful morning, when her peaceful student life is turned on its head. Stumbling upon the gruesome killing of someone she thought she knew, Evelyn is plunged into a murder investigation once more, much to the chagrin of her friends and family, as well as the intriguing Detective Lucas Stanton.

The dreaming spires of Oxford begin to appear decidedly less romantic as she gathers clues, and learns far more than she ever wished to know about the darkness lurking beyond the polished veneer. Can she solve the crime before the killer strikes once more, this time to Evelyn's own detriment?   

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A suitably dark English noir, country murder mystery. While this reads perfectly fine as a stand alone, I think this series is best enjoyed in sequence.
It deals with dark topics that are as timely today as they were in the 1920s, the era in which this book is set. Women are struggling to find their place while still trained to please parents, authority figures, and for the most part, men in general. 
If you have even a passing interest in classic literature you will appreciate this mystery.
The parallells shown, both in the literature being studied and in the lives of those involved, are masterfully presented. What happens on and between these pages and covers will take your breath away and make you think.

Malia Zaidi is a writer and painter, who grew up in Germany and lives in the US. An avid reader and traveler, she decided to combine these passions, and turn her long-time ambition of writing into a reality. The Study of Silence is the third book in The Lady Evelyn Mysteries.

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