By Nicholas Pengelley
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Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife within the heart East. Now her prior is catching as much as her as she races to solve a secret that spans centuries—and threatens to alter the process history.
As Israeli and Palestinian leaders arrange to make a joint declaration on the Tower of London, an influential student is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed domestic in St. John’s wooden. educational researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing isn't any accident. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed stunning revelations approximately T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. may perhaps Montagu were precise as a result of his discoveries?
Ryder’s look for solutions takes her again to her outdated lifestyles within the center East and right into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she attracts the eye of brokers from either side of the clash, together with detectives from Scotland backyard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets and techniques, an unbelievable case of royal blackmail, even the hunt for the Bible’s misplaced Ark of the Covenant.
Every step of how, the endgame grows extra terrifying. but if an assault rocks London, the genuine avid gamers convey their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left protecting the ultimate piece of the puzzle.
Praise for Ryder
“[Nick] Pengelley units an unconventional tale unfastened on and less than the streets of London. along with his strange heroine, the writer rejects the clichés of action-adventure thrillers and provides an incredibly interesting read.”—Library magazine (starred review)
“An intriguing mystery with characters that you just can’t support yet like . . . a thrill-a-minute tale . . . worth studying . . . Pengelley has successful with the nature of Ayesha Ryder.”—Fresh Fiction
“This fast moving crime/political mystery not just is well timed for today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflicts however it delves into historic occasions that contributed to shaping the way in which the region’s political weather has advanced. . . . prepare for an edge-of-your-seat journey that includes a kick-butt heroine bent on justice . . . I had a blast studying Ryder.”—Popcorn Reads
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Tortured, from what the police inform me. ” “Judah, I’m so sorry. ” Susannah Armstrong sympathized. “I had the record this morning myself. The commissioner tells me the police suspect terrorists. they believe there should be a hyperlink in your assembly right here in London. MI5 are taking a look into it. ” “I’ve had an analogous details. ” He frowned. “But i will not think that terrorists had something to do with Evelyn’s demise. At least…not Palestinians besides. ” “What do you suggest? ” Armstrong requested. “It seems like you could have a few principles of your personal, Judah. ” rather than replying, Ben David checked out the Palestinian chief. Khalidi held his gaze. “I imagine, Judah, we should always inform Susannah. ” “Let’s take a seat. ” Their hostess gestured to the polished oak desk. “We’ll get a few nutrition and you may inform me approximately it. ” as soon as plates of salad have been put in entrance of them, Ben David grew to become to Susannah Armstrong. “Did you recognize your executive as soon as agreed to provide independence to Palestine? ” Britain’s leading minister positioned down the fork she had simply lifted to her lips. “That’s a brand new one on me. whilst used to be this? ” “Nineteen thirty-five. ” “MacDonald or Baldwin? ” “Ramsay MacDonald. the tale is, he requested T. E. Lawrence to adopt mystery negotiations with al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, below the auspices of the League of countries. ” “Lawrence of Arabia? ” Susannah Armstrong stared at Ben David. “You’re kidding! carry on, didn’t he die approximately then? ” “That’s right,” Sayyed Khalidi responded. “At concerning the similar time he supposedly negotiated a treaty on behalf of the British govt. ” “Supposedly? ” Susannah Armstrong frowned. “Judah, you acknowledged ‘the tale. ’ is that this real or no longer? ” “Until very lately it used to be simply that—a tale without starting place. Evelyn had a true malicious program approximately it. Years in the past he fairly went into it, yet he couldn’t discover a shred of facts that it occurred. ” “Well then? ” “Until very recently,” he repeated. “Quite accidentally Evelyn obtained carry of a few letters written via Lawrence. He known as me the previous day. He acknowledged he’d ultimately discovered facts the negotiations truly did ensue. He used to be going to inform me all approximately it final evening. ” bankruptcy forty-one Ayesha stared up on the ceiling. It used to be very outdated, very soiled, and extremely cracked. a mild fixture dangled precariously. It used to be no longer grew to become on. The room was once small. a lot of the plaster had fallen from its partitions, exposing the lath development. It stank. Of mould, rotten wooden, and off urine. Dim mild filtered via a window so caked with dirt she couldn't see what lay past. She shivered with chilly and struggled for comprehension, as though she had woken without notice from a deep sleep. What day used to be it? She targeted. Tuesday. whilst she remembered that, every little thing else flooded again. Evelyn’s homicide. Lawrence. woman Madrigal. Bodmin. Lawrence’s parcel. Bryan. Bryan taking pictures Holden. The postmistress, too. Then what? He’d aimed his pistol at her. She’d been convinced he was once going to shoot. Braced herself for the impression. It didn’t come, although. as an alternative he’d ordered her to stroll again up the steps. nobody used to be within the submit workplace.