MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE…coming from Kensington Publishers on March 31, 2020
Early Praise for MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE:
"What a refreshing surprise to be back on the Nile in this confident and accomplished debut. Neubauer pays proper homage to the Golden Age, but her crisp style and witty heroine ensure that MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE zips along in a thoroughly modern manner. I hope plucky Jane Wunderly has a long sleuthing future ahead; I, for one, am already looking forward to her next adventure." Catriona McPherson, Award-Winning author of the Dandy Gilver series
"MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE is impossible to put down. A pitch perfect mystery, with an exotic locale, and an unforgettable main character I hope to encounter again in future books. Erica Ruth Neubauer has created one of the most impressive debut novels I’ve read." Alex Grecian, New York Times Bestselling author of The Saints of Wolves and Butchers.
“A thrilling new series!”
—Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author of Murder on Union Square
“It’s no small feat to bring 1920s colonial Egypt to life, but MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE does far more than that. It’s an elegant mystery—written with wit, style, and heart—and Jane Wunderly is an unforgettable sleuth. Erica Neubauer’s debut is an absolute delight.”
—Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award–winning author of Don’t Look Down
Well-heeled travelers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotel—an exotic gem in the heart of Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows . . .
Egypt, 1926. Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won’t be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie’s best efforts at meddling with her love life, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza than into the eyes of a dashing stranger. Yet Jane’s plans to remain cool and indifferent become ancient history in the company of Mr. Redvers, a roguish banker she can’t quite figure out . . .
While the Mena House has its share of charming guests, Anna Stainton isn’t one of them. The beautiful socialite makes it clear that she won’t share the spotlight with anyone—especially Jane. But Jane soon becomes the center of attention when she’s the one standing over her unintentional rival’s dead body.
Now, with her innocence at stake in a foreign country, Jane must determine who can be trusted, and who had motive to commit a brutal murder. Between Aunt Millie’s unusual new acquaintances, a smarmy playboy with an off-putting smile, and the enigmatic Mr. Redvers, someone has too many secrets. Can Jane excavate the horrible truth before her future falls to ruin in Cairo . . . and the body count rises like the desert heat?