Egyptian Gothic by Ahmed Khalifa is a book of short stories that take place in Egypt.
I actually enjoyed the first short story, where Adam works for an advertising company, but is a writer at heart. When he finds a box outside of his home with part of a manuscript inside, it sends him on a path to solve the mystery. This story actually reminded me a little of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind.
And the other stories, while I enjoyed the storyline, had some issues that I had a hard time getting past.
In one of the stories a police office, a lieutenant, says “Whatever,” and maybe it’s not meant to be in the Clueless “whatever” voice, but that’s how I imagined it.
Then in the same story, there was a glove found as evidence at a crime scene. And the lieutenant and the private investigator TOUCHED IT with their BARE HANDS! I am not the biggest crime show watcher, but even I know that if they touch it with their bare hands, that can be tampering with the evidence!
The story lines were good, the plot was good in each story. But the over-explaining of some aspects and the other little issues I mentioned just made it a more difficult read for me.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
But I’m glad that I’m working more on the short story books because that’s one of my goals as to becoming a better reader!