Picks and Pans Review: Moghul Buffet
by Cheryl Benard
Page-turner of the week
Anything can happen in a frontier town like Peshawar, Pakistan, and in this exotic and mordantly amusing mystery, it often does. The intrigue begins when American businessman Micky Malone disappears from his hotel room. Both Iqbal, the detective brought in to investigate, and Malone's sister Julia, a foreign correspondent, fear the worst—especially after bodies begin showing up, accompanied by cryptic notes scribbled in blood.
First-time novelist Benard, a sociologist, deftly guides us through the myriad layers of Pakistani society, from pampered expatriates to fire-breathing fundamentalists. Racing to solve the crimes, her two sleuths dramatically discover the extent to which their own cultural biases color their perspective. With its tantalizing characters and keen social observations, Moghul Buffet offers readers a satisfying banquet. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $22)
Bottom Line: Tasty
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