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I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.Author Annamaria Alfieri does a remarkable job of immersing the reader into the sights, sounds and temperament of 1912 Mombasa Vera and Justin are newlywed and newly arrived in Mombasa, where Tolliver will take up his post as a police officer serving the British Protectorate Things in Mombasa aren t all cut and dried While British law has outlawed slavery, there are those in Mombasa that reap huge profits from it They have no desir I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.Author Annamaria Alfieri does a remarkable job of immersing the reader into the sights, sounds and temperament of 1912 Mombasa Vera and Justin are newlywed and newly arrived in Mombasa, where Tolliver will take up his post as a police officer serving the British Protectorate Things in Mombasa aren t all cut and dried While British law has outlawed slavery, there are those in Mombasa that reap huge profits from it They have no desire to banish a practice that provides such monetary benefits When a runaway slave is murdered, the British, specifically D.S Hugh Egerton, Justin s commander, wants to ignore the problem rather than find the killer All of this occurs during the visit of the Grand Mufti, a man of outspoken religious beliefs.Vera and Justin find themselves balancing on a very fine wire when it comes to solving the murder, and the subsequent murder of Majidi Vera s missionary background finds it intolerable that any life should be taken and wants to find the person responsible for the heinous crime, while Justin finds himself being ordered away from the investigation to attend to other trivial matters Alfieri s writing brought a time in history to life when the British are trying to establish their own rules while also trying to remain on the good side of the Sultan of Zanzibar Many citizens do not like the British involvement in their country and have no desire to change a system that has worked for them for many years Meanwhile the British feel themselves superior to those who live in Mombasa It is truly a sad time in world history The Idol of Mombasa is a murder mystery, a romance, and a history lesson all wrapped into one very good story Set in British colonial era Mombasa, East Africa this mystery involves the murder of a runaway slave and an unscrupulous slave trader Even though British law has banned slavery, it is still practiced under the Sultan of Zanzibar He is the local ruler who has allowed the British to administer the region, in exchange for trade and other benefits Vera, the daughter of a missionary, and her husband, a British police officer find the challenges of their new home difficult to live with Having been Set in British colonial era Mombasa, East Africa this mystery involves the murder of a runaway slave and an unscrupulous slave trader Even though British law has banned slavery, it is still practiced under the Sultan of Zanzibar He is the local ruler who has allowed the British to administer the region, in exchange for trade and other benefits Vera, the daughter of a missionary, and her husband, a British police officer find the challenges of their new home difficult to live with Having been born in Africa, Vera doesn t have the same prejudice as many of the other British She is also not willing to tolerate some of the local behaviors practiced whether it is slavery or the treatment of women Set in colonial Kenya, this is the second of the Vera and Tolliver mystery series Vera and Justin Tolliver have just returned from their honeymoon in England in early 1912 They arrive in Mombasa and right away Justin is caught up in a murder case where a runaway slave has been murdered Slavery has been outlawed by the British government but along the Indian Ocean coastline, it still seems a fairly common practice and the colonial government seems to turn a blind eye to it There are many thin Set in colonial Kenya, this is the second of the Vera and Tolliver mystery series Vera and Justin Tolliver have just returned from their honeymoon in England in early 1912 They arrive in Mombasa and right away Justin is caught up in a murder case where a runaway slave has been murdered Slavery has been outlawed by the British government but along the Indian Ocean coastline, it still seems a fairly common practice and the colonial government seems to turn a blind eye to it There are many things the author captures well As a child, we often went to Mombasa during my childhood in Tanzania and I found that though I was there many decades later, she captured the place well Vera is a daughter of missionaries and I am a son of one, and Alfieri captures the in between cultural nature of us well She captures the time and culture well There are times in both the first book and this one that she makes small mistakes that really stand out for people who have lived there In the first one, she put an apostrophe in the title Bwana, and in this one, I was shocked that Vera and Tolliver ate apples for lunch one day A century later, you might see this happen, but apples don t really grow well in this tropical climate and there was no way to ship them back then Otherwise, the story is good and captures the time, place, and intermingling cultures of this place very well Mombasa is a city on the south coast of Kenya In 1912 it is run by the British, but technically belongs to the Sultan of Zanzibar Recently married Justin and Vera Tolliver are stuck there because of his job as a policeman Both are to some extent uncomfortable characters, both in their cultures and with each other Raised in Africa, Vera has a hard time behaving as a proper English lady And Justin, by joining the police, is seen as a defector by his class Justin s sergeant, Kwai Libazo is an Mombasa is a city on the south coast of Kenya In 1912 it is run by the British, but technically belongs to the Sultan of Zanzibar Recently married Justin and Vera Tolliver are stuck there because of his job as a policeman Both are to some extent uncomfortable characters, both in their cultures and with each other Raised in Africa, Vera has a hard time behaving as a proper English lady And Justin, by joining the police, is seen as a defector by his class Justin s sergeant, Kwai Libazo is another misfit half Kikuyu and half Masai and accepted by neither tribe Onecharacter, a young girl kidnaped into slavery, completes the misfit quartet The setting is quite intriguing and the dynamics between the characters, especially Justin and Libazo are interestingly complex [ FREE PDF ] ⚑ The Idol of Mombasa ♶ The British don t belong in Africa Their skins are too pale, their clothing too heavy and elaborate, their morality all wrong And yet here they are inin the British Protectorate of East Africa, tangled in an uneasy peace with the Sultan of ZanzibarMuch of the tangle in this new mystery in Alfieri s East Africa series concerns the slave trade The British have outlawed it, but, well, it s all a matter of who you know and who you owe, isn t it That slippery morality infuriates Vera Tolliver, a Scottish missionary s daughter and the bride of a English police officer, whose job it is to enforce the law after he figures out what it is The murder of a runaway slave only increases the complications, especially because a longtime friend of Vera s family is the likeliest suspect Meanwhile both the British government and the Sultanate sail above it all, as though they had nothing to do with the problem But both Vera and Tolliver could tell you that official fingers are knotted into the tangle s every strand This book had a very interesting setting The novel took place in 1912 Africa The characters were vivid and interesting and they brought different prospective to the mystery Hopefully we will see Vera and Tolliver again. East Africa in the 1920s Mystery Clash of cultures. Very historical read, I was taken to a place I can only imagine and with this story I felt the impulse of Africa Enjoyed the characters, they were the true energy of the book, besides the author s talent for writing Winner of a free book, Goodreads First Read Giveaway Thank you, Darlene Cruz The Idol of Mombasa is a lovely mixture of a cozy mystery mixed with an exotic locale and a keen sense of British imperial behaviour.Vera and Justin Tolliver make for an interesting couple he is aristocratic but determined to do the day by day sleuthing of a police office she is ostensibly a dutiful colonial wife but is also imbued with a great deal of curiosity and awareness She sees things he can t because she is a woman, and the tension that arises between them because of her intelligence The Idol of Mombasa is a lovely mixture of a cozy mystery mixed with an exotic locale and a keen sense of British imperial behaviour.Vera and Justin Tolliver make for an interesting couple he is aristocratic but determined to do the day by day sleuthing of a police office she is ostensibly a dutiful colonial wife but is also imbued with a great deal of curiosity and awareness She sees things he can t because she is a woman, and the tension that arises between them because of her intelligence and passion is finely drawn Alifieri is best at her descriptions of the locale, Mombasa She deftly deals with the complexity of a multi ethnic society and various characters come to life Tolliver s sidekick Libazo is particularly appealing The murderer was a surprise, and the ending is neatly set up to seeof the Tollivers amid other East African settings This was an enjoyable read Vera and Justin Toliver, now married, return to Africa with Justin assuming his police responsibilities in Mombasa Here, the established British rule must be balanced with the dictates of the Muslim faith Also, the question arises as to when does the moral and ethical beliefs of one culture impinge on the philosophy of another.