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strange gods

 

THE AFRICA SERIES
Praise for the Vera and Tolliver Series
"Alfieri aims for the audience who loved Out of Africa, with heartbreaking romance married to a complex mystery."
Kirkus
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"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
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“Set in 1912, Alfieri’s captivating, complex second mystery set in East Africa highlights cultural and social issues.”
Publishers Weekly
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"Alfieri illuminates the complexities and cruelties of colonial rule while giving readers an engrossing romance and mystery."
Booklist
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"In Alfieri's intriguing series starter, 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."
RT Bookreviews (4 stars)
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“This fourth offering from acclaimed historical novelist Annamaria Alfieri is a departure from her earlier South American settings….a murder mystery with a romantic touch in an exotic land. The pages bring that era's African towns and jungles to life, which we would traverse today in the comfort of a jeep… we await the sequel, and the appearance of Out of Africa writer Karen Blixen.”
Historical Novel Society Review
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"Strange Gods is an absorbing historical novel, one set in an exotic location that provides a colorful and textured backdrop to the action. The beauty of the area and the inherent dangers of living there are brought to life in a realistic manner. The romantic relationship that is developing between Justin and Vera is touching, tender and poignant. The murder mystery storyline is an intriguing one, with credible suspects and no obvious culprit. A strong, solid start to this series."
Mysterious Reviews
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"An enjoyable read… This historical mystery novel set in the early 20th century Kenya is worth reading."
Old Africa Magazine
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"A beautiful and sensitive story set in colonial Africa—a moving tale of intrigue and love. Every page a pleasure."
Michael Stanley, Barry Award­-winning author of Deadly Harvest
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"Alfieri's novel brings Africa to Technicolor life. If you don’t have the urge to re-watch Out of Afric with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep after reading Strange Gods, your sense of discovery needs to be resuscitated."
Kings River Life Magazine
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"A murder mystery in the classic whodunnit tradition…The solution is satisfyingly tragic and complex."
—Historical Novel Society Review
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"From acclaimed historical novelist Annamaria Alfieri, a murder mystery with a romantic touch in an exotic land. We await the sequel."
—Historical Novels Review


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"This fourth offering from acclaimed historical novelist Annamaria Alfieri is a murder mystery with a romantic touch in an exotic land."

—Historical Novel Journal

 

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