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The Crocodile Makes no Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Crocodile Makes no Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Maryn Belling

“I suspect it is a sort of innocence that believes murder solves anything. As if the Judge of the Soul doesn’t see.” Lord Hani’s wisdom, while situated nearly 3400 years ago, would be just as easily found in contemporary social inquiries such as The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb or A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates.

Despite being out of active service, sidelined by the inability to enforce foreign policy he neither understands nor respects, Hani remains a servant of truth. N.L. Holmes’ gift for piquant turns-of-phrase and well-imagined schemes of the “chattering class” bring history to life.

Beyond the story’s historical setting, contemporary readers will recognize some of the familial and societal challenges experienced in our own time. Are we as adept & diplomatic as Lord Hani?

The Crocodile Makes no Sound, The Lord Hani Mysteries Series, N.L. Holmes, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits. Historical, Cozy Mystery, Maryn Belling, July 2022

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N. L. Holmes – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lord Hani is back and it is four years later, the rule of King Akhenaten is well and truly established and he continues in his role as a scribe for the Royal Hall of Correspondence and a diplomat for foreign affairs, since his last investigation concluded, Lord Hani has been trying to keep a low profile since the King changed the religious regime in favour of Aten over Amen-Ra, where he closed all the temples and made those employed by them redundant, this did not go over well in the community around those temples.

This has deeply affected Lord Hani’s family as they were some of those made jobless, including his brother in law, who disappeared and went into hiding because of this being a firebrand in the side of the royal family and because of this, Lord Hani is under close surveillance, this does not stop a request from the Beloved Royal Wife for him to meet with her. Although, Lord Hani is worried about what will happen if he goes, he responds to the summons and meets with the Beloved Royal Wife, this is where she tells him that she is being blackmailed by someone and she asks him to investigate.

Meanwhile, the King of the vassal state of A’amu is waiting for an audience with King Akhenaten and Lord Hani is asked to permit him and his party to stay at his residence rather than the palace as the wait fir the appointment could be a long one and the party are getting restless and they already know Lord Hani from a previous investigation where they met. This is not ideal, but Lord Hani knows that he cannot refuse the request, so he agrees and makes his family aware of the change in the situation and requests that they don’t talk about anything politically outrageous in the company of their guests.

As Lord Hani leaves his home to investigate the blackmailer, he finds that the information is not easily forthcoming and again is showing that the most part of his superiors cannot be trusted and that danger is again creeping in on him and his family. Will he be able to investigate before the danger becomes too close to home, or will he be able to find the evidence needed, unearth the culprit and keep his conscience in tact? This is another thrilling instalment in this series of historically based mysteries where twists and turns abound as you draw your conclusions along with the characters until the end is reached.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by stephanie nicole

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a great second installment to this series. Once again full of murder, mystery, suspense and more, this book really has it all. The main character is just as realistic, and well written as the first installment to this book. But personally between all the characters, and the immense amount of details I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Shelly Kittell

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 2 in the Lord Hani Mysteries is a continuation, and it is even more intriguing as the story develops. The author’s writing pulls me in from the beginning and continues as the story builds all the way through to the end. Again, the research put into the history of Egypt is so on top of it. I always come away with new facts. Hani and his family are well-written characters that make you want to dive into the story because you feel like you know them. The plot runs smoothly along. Another installment that enthralling and makes you want to learn more about Egypt and history. I recommend this story.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Kimberly Griffiths

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Crocodile Makes No Sound
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N.L. Holmes

This is the second adventure of Lord Hani, the story is a combination of egyption history and a mystery woven together in such an enjoyable way. Take your time reading so you can absorb both and get the most out of this book. As with the first in this series, Lord Hani mysteries, you will enjoy the authors research and writing style. I highly recommend these two books.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Amanda Taylor

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Crocodile Makes No Sound is the second book of N.L. Holmes’ Lord Hani Mysteries. This book can be read as a standalone and is a great read. These mystery stories are set in ancient Egypt and they hook you quick. This story follows Lord Hani who is put into several situations that will affect him all at once. The author wrote an amazing storyline and the characters are easy to connect with. Highly recommend if you love historical fiction with mystery that you pick this book up.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jana Teppih

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Crocodile Makes No Sound is the second book of N.L. Holmes’ Lord Hani Mysteries. I am blown away by the research that the writer has done and I am eternally grateful for the list of characters at the beginning of the story as I found myself going back there constantly as I tell you it is not so easy to remember the names and backgrounds as one would think! You can read the story as a standalone as it has its own storyline and what is amazing is that Lord Hani is an actual person and so many elements in the story are ‘real’, the whole story itself is fiction.
I suggest you take time when you start reading as then you can fully appreciate the details that the writer brings into her storytelling, it is like a colourful tapestry that you need to look at long and hard to truly see all the colors and connections and … the way she has with words, oh my, I have no words …
If you love history and especially Egyptian history AND mysteries then this book is for you and it pulls you in and you cannot leave it until you come to the end to see whether Lord Hani manages to resolve a conflict without too many losing their lives …

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Kerry Baker

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes is the second book in the Lord Hani Mystery series. This book can be read as a standalone book even though it follows the same MC. The author does a great job of making it so the story is easy to understand while still being gripping and exciting.
It was great to get back into the character of Lord Hani. His world feels so alien in comparison to what I am used to however I could vividly picture what the author was describing. There were times where it honestly felt like I was there with the character, in his world, experiencing what he was going through.
The story itself is intriguing and I wanted to know what was going to happen and how things would work out eventually. I was hooked by what was going on and enjoyed this story as much as the first. This was an exciting book and one I enjoyed immensely. I am looking forward to what else is to come in the series.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jonell Collins

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved it! The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes, was such an excellent read. This is the second book that I have read by this author. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these books. These mystery stories set in ancient Egypt are just delightful to read from the first page to the last. Holmes crafts the story out of such beautiful use of the language. I almost forget that I’m reading a story because I get lost in her excellent writing. I almost feel like I am on those streets in Egypt. Like I’m a part of the story. An excellent story an excellent mystery and I’m already looking forward to the next one. If you love to see words used as if they were paint on a canvas this is a story for you.

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The Crocodile Makes No Sound (The Lord Hani Mysteries Book 2) by N.L. Holmes – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Crocodile Makes No Sound (Lord Hani Mysteries #2)The Crocodile Makes No Sound by N.L. Holmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a long novel but the storyline flows along at a good pace and is full of drama and mystery and I was disappointed when I had finished it. This is book two in a series and we are back with Egyptian diplomat Hani. As I learnt from book one Lord Hani was an actual person although the storyline is fictional. It can be read as a standalone story but readers will understand Hani’s backstory better if you read the series. Again Hani makes a great main character, he is well defined and relatable as well as likeable and he really brings the plot together.  This story takes place in Egypt during the period known as the New Kingdom.
The time period is around 1346 BCE, and it’s now four years into the solo reign of Akhenaten’s solo reign and his religious ‘reforms’ are causing widespread dissatisfaction. This is especially true amongst those that practiced the old religion of Amen-Ra. Our hero Hani, is already under the kings watchful eye due to the disappearance of his Amen priest brother in law. Hani then gets drawn into an investigation involving the blackmailing of the ‘Beloved Royal Wife’. Complicating things further for Hani is the new vassal king of A’amu, who is being lodged at Hani’s house whilst waiting for the king to grant him an audience. The problem is Hani’s house guest is not proving to be very loyal to the new king. Hani is aware of his own oath to the king but must also follow his conscience.
Reading this novel I felt completely immersed in the story due to the authors wonderfully detailed descriptions of both the characters and the setting, so much so I felt I could be in ancient Egypt. The authors knowledge and research shines through, all wrapped up in a great murder mystery thriller. The historical notes, list of characters and glossary of terms and places are all very fascinating and helpful especially being at the beginning of the book as this makes it easy to refer back to if needed. I was hooked from start to finish and I enjoyed the cosy mystery element of the story which kept me guessing until the end of the novel. I look forward to further books in this series.

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