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In early 20th century British East Africa, there are rules for the British and different ones for the Africans. Vera McIntosh, the daughter of Scottish missionaries, doesn't feel she belongs to either group; having grown up in Africa, she is not interested in being the well-bred Scottish woman her mother would like her to be. More than anything, she dreams of seeing again the handsome police officer she's danced with. But more grisly circumstances bring Justin Tolliver to her family's home.
Annamaria Alfieri is the author of the Vera and Tolliver series of historical mysteries set in British East Africa, beginning in 1911. Described as Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie, Strange Gods, The Idol of Mombasa, and The Blasphemers are stories that capture the beauty and the danger of the African wilderness and the complexities of imposing culture on foreign land.
Annamaria’s previous historical mysteries, all set in South America, have garnered critical acclaim. The Christian Science Monitor chose her Blood Tango as one of ten must-read thrillers. Of her Invisible Country, Kirkus Reviews said, “Alfieri has written an antiwar mystery that compares with the notable novels of Charles Todd.” The Washington Post said of her debut novel, “As both history and mystery, City of Silver glitters.”
Writing as Patricia King, her five nonfiction books on business subjects include Never Work for a Jerk, which landed her on the Oprah Winfrey show.
A world traveler, Annamaria takes a keen interest in the history of the places she visits. She lives in New York City and is a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and a past president of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.