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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Netania Lim

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read several of the novels in this series. Just like in previous ones I’ve read, Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5) is full of intrigue and mystery, both personal and political. This is a really fascinating period in Ancient Egyptian history, as the records were destroyed by later kings, so I loved being able to read a fictionalised version of what may have happened. The writing is so detailed and the historical aspects were so interesting. What really makes the novel interesting is Hani’s character development, as his ideals and his loyalty are tested. A cosy mystery read.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Ashley Mandell

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I don’t typically read books of this genre, I’m thankful that I gave Lake of Flowers a chance. N.L. Holmes did an excellent job of bringing the book to life by providing realistic details of the characters, setting, and era in which this story line takes place. Lord Hani is a wonderful character. I was instantly engaged in the story due to the banter between Hani and his family. I enjoyed reading about his family, travels, and the mystery that he must uncover in this installment of the Lord Hani Mysteries.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Katie Kearney

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 5) by N.L. Holmes. I’ve come to really enjoy these books. This genre is way outside my comfort zone but I took a chance and I haven’t regretted it yet. This is why one should always look to expand your horizons. This author keeps me completely hooked from start to finish. The characters are complex and truly bring this book to life. There’s so much this book has to offer within its pages. The main character truly takes readers on a journey looking for clues about what’s going on. It’s a well written storyline paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking anything. If you’re looking for something new I highly recommend this author and this series. If you think it’s not your kind of reading I highly recommend you just taking the leap and giving it a try. Four big stars and highly recommended!

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers is the fifth book in N.L. Holmes’ Lord Hani Mysteries series. By this point, the characters really feel like old friends and it’s so wonderful to catch up with them and hear how they’re coping in a turbulent world.
I adore Holmes’ writing for how vividly she depicts ancient worlds. Her work is heavily influenced by archaeology and research so while it’s fiction the story follows the course of real historical events. What really makes it special for me, though, is the small details. What characters eat and wear, their physical characteristics, how they travel, that sort of thing. The multisensory depiction immerses the reader in the world, and familiar elements (beer, honey, even garlic which really surprised me and I had to look that one up to see if they really would have eaten it!) brought me closer to the past.
Lake of Flowers begins with a tragic death that threatens to destabilise the kingdom’s political structure. Hani and his family and associates are all invested in the outcome of the inevitable unrest, and the mystery that deepens as the story progresses. Young Neferet plays a prominent role, with her position as a royal physician entangling her in the events of the book. She’s a fantastic character – funny, clever and independent.
I would recommend reading this series from the beginning (Bird in a Snare) to get to know the characters and the setting. There are lots of names to remember but Holmes does a good job of reminding readers in text as well as including a character list to refer to.
For me, this is a five-star read. I’d recommend it to fans of history and mystery! The series might also appeal to fans of high fantasy – although itself not fantasy, the setting and stories do at times remind me of fantasy books I’ve enjoyed with worlds based on history.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Erica Fish

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers is the fifth book in The Lord Hani Mysteries by N.L. Holmes. I highly recommend reading the first four books to see what else Hani has been investigating. Being this is a historical mystery, I was excited to start reading that we were in Ancient Egypt. Egypt has an amazing history with the artifacts and the mystery surrounding it in present times. The details N.L. Holmes gives the reader paints a picture of what she wants the reader to see. The characters are fully developed and easily form a bond with them. I love Hani. He is very relatable and I enjoy our mysteries together. This time Hani finds himself in a tight corner. He is trapped between the government or revolutionaries. What will Hani uncover? Will he be able to restore some peace? You will have to read this book to find out about Hani and his story.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Ashley Dover

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lord Hani is a Royal Investigator. He is asked by the king to find out why there have been thefts and then returns of items within the king’s household. Beginning this investigation leads to a web of interrelated mysteries that Hani must solve including one that involves the king’s son whose parentage is being questioned. The issue of a baby swap comes to light as witnesses of this occurrence are turning up dead. Someone is after his daughter Neferet and her friend who are physicians of the king’s ladies. Caught between the kingdom’s politics and his own desire for the kingdom to return to Amen-Ra, Hani must solve all the mysteries to restore some truths to his life and lessen his anxiety over his daughter’s welfare. Can he solve them all before it’s too late?

Although this book is a part of a series, I have not read any of the previous books. The story still intrigued me with its complicated mystery plot.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jana Lewis

I expected to find a well-written mystery and I was not disappointed! As with the previous book I read by N. L. Holmes, I enjoyed this mystery set in ancient Egypt, a period I have found interesting but don’t know a lot about it. This story includes family, love, murder, tests of loyalty, danger, hierarchical society, and even rumors of royal scandals. I enjoyed the setting and food descriptions and loved exploring a time period so different from our own. I have not read the previous books in the series (and don’t feel that it hindered me at all) but may find time to go back and check them out, as well! I had suspicions of who was doing what and was surprised to find that I had them all wrong! Next time, I’ll pay more attention and see if I can solve it before the end.

Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Sara Oxton

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes a fantastic five-star read. This is number five in the Lord Hani Mysteries and we follow Hani on his journey, you don’t have to read them in order as they all focus on a different main story, and just follow Hani as he creates and solves mysteries, that always makes writing reviews for this series difficult, as I never know what to say without spoiling the mystery and the drama, as the author has a great way of keeping that tension level high and keeping you guessing. If you like a good mystery, then you need to pick this series up.

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Heidi Schoolman

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 5th book in The Lord Hani Mysteries series. This is Historical Mystery novel and is 292 pages. This story follows Lord Hani as he begins to investigate some things that have come up missing and a mysterious death of a midwife. This story is set in ancient Egypt, and once again, the author does a fantastic job with details to the period. Turns out, it is not just a one-time incident – more midwives are coming up dead. Could they all be related to the recent Prince’s birth?

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Lake of Flowers (The Lord Hani Mysteries, book 5) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Betsy Melano

Lake of Flowers (Lord Hani #5)Lake of Flowers by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lake of Flowers by N. L. Holmes is the fifth book in The Lord Hani Mysteries. The story takes place in ancient Egypt. What gets me every time with this series is the descriptions of the area and the times when Pharaohs ruled Egypt. It really helps you feel like you are there in person. As in the previous books of the series, Lord Hani is being tasked with finding out why suspicious things keep happening in the royal household. As Lord Hani is researching these minor crimes he wonders if they are somehow connected.
With this series, it really helps if you read the books in order. The names and areas which are well researched by the author, it can get confusing with all the different names. The glossary is a huge help.

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