‘The North Wind Descends’ is book four in, ‘The Lord Hani Mysteries’ series and having read the previous books in the series I was looking forward to this novel and was definitely not disappointed. It can be read as a standalone story, however I feel that the reader will enjoy the novels more if they are read in order. Set in ancient Egypt, around 1340 BCE, Lord Hani, an Egyptian Diplomat and his assistant Maya have another crime mystery to solve. Hani is confused when the king starts honouring him but he must not let that get in the way of discovering the identity of a man who was responsible for killing a foreign ambassador right under the roof of the Egyptian commissioner in Kumidi. As well as being a diplomat Hani is also a loving family man and so he is concerned when the queen of the new coregent gives him a special task which may involve Hani’s nineteen year old daughter as he does not want her caught up in court politics. Hani therefore must see justice done but in away that protects his family.
The authors knowledge and research shines through in her writing and I found the list of characters at the beginning of the book very helpful as there are a lot of characters to keep up with. The Glossary of Places, Terms, and Gods, is also a useful addition at the beginning of the book and one which I referred back to at times. The author really brings ancient Egypt to life with her wonderfully descriptive narrative and world building and this really helps set the scene for this novel. Hani makes a great main character as he is well defined and is both relatable and likeable and he really brings the plot together. The storyline flows well and the plot is fast paced and full of action, drama and mystery which had me gripped from start to finish. The twists and turns kept me guessing and I enjoyed figuring out the mystery element of the book alongside Lord Hani. I look forward to future books in this enjoyable and engaging series.