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I love that I can count on the Daisy Dalrymple series to be a good well paced cozy mystery. I always enjoy the story and can sit back and relax and not be too worried because I know that Ms. Dunn will write a satisfying tale. In this story all of the suspects...I mean guests are brought together for a wedding only to end up trapped together after two of their number are murdered. Then it's up to Daisy and Alec to figure out whodunnit. Overall I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one!
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? ~Goodreads Description
I love retellings of myths or fairy tales and the tale of Shahrzad is one of my favorites to read about. This book has an interesting take on how Shahrzad becomes married to the Caliph and how their relationship develops. It definitely held my attention, the reason behind why the Caliph acts as he does is an intriguing twist. There was two things that I kind of irked me first one of the side characters were kind of annoying and secondly its ends on a massive cliffhanger. I tend to like books in a series that wraps up a large chunk of the conflict with some loose ends that you know will have to be dealt with later in the sequel, but that is a personal preference. I am looking forward to reading the next one for sure.
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