"The mystery is buried beneath a shoal of red herrings and a colorful but disturbing look at Africa in 1912, home to many problems—slavery, racial inequality, conflicts between Muslim sects—that persist today."
"Alfieri's debut is a vividly rendered historical soap opera, replete with political intrigue, church scandal, feuding families, illegitimacy, lovers past and present and women fabulously gowned and jeweled."
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