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~Henry Miller

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The Assembly of the Dead

The Assembly of the Dead - Saeida Rouass 4.5 stars!

This good researched and wonderfully written historical mystery book, set in Marrakesh at the beginning of the 20th century, will delight every true aficionado of historical fiction and give a fascinating insight into the Moroccan culture, mentality and history.

The fact that this book is based on a true story - a Moorish Jack the Ripper did really exist, and the fact that a police force did not EVEN exist in Morocco in 1906 makes this atmospheric piece of prose even more powerful and captivating.

Great characters development. My own favorite fictional figure- Farook Al-Alami, a detective and a close confidant of the Sultan, a man ahead of the times, who came to Marrakesh from Tangier to investigate the case of disappeared young women. But every single figure in this book is worth reading it.

Colorful, realistic, authentic, enjoyable and educational in many ways.

***Copy provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***