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The Language of Secrets
The Language of Secrets | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada's Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he's surprised when INSET, Canada's national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue. For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year's Day. INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now, just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group's training camp deep in the woods. INSET wants Khattak to give the appearance of investigating Mohsin's death, and then to bury the lead. They can't risk exposing their operation, or Mohsin's role in it. But Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he knows he can't just let this murder slide. So Khattak sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque which houses the terrorist cell. As Rachel tentatively reaches out into the unfamiliar world of Islam, and begins developing relationships with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin's murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal. "The Unquiet Dead" author Ausma Zehanat Khan once again dazzles in "The Language of Secrets," a brilliant mystery woven into a profound and intimate story of humanity.
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bookwrm526
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Finished on audio today. Not sure why it took me so long to get back to this series, because I thought the first one was great. This was a great follow up, we learn more about both of the main characters, and the story was incredibly compelling.

Beatlefan129 What a cutie 😻 2mo
Tamra What is the first? 2mo
Tamra Thank you! 2mo
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CaitlinR
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Although this novel was not as compelling and powerful as her first, It was a good thriller. Ms. Khan‘s deep knowledge is again on display as her Detective Esa Khattak guides us through the actions of “those who rose to fill the vacuum of the deposed and despised, of the dialogue between civilizations, of the decades-long struggles for rights and democracy ...” (p. 272)

#Zehanatkhan

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TrishB
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2nd one in the series and a good read 👍🏻 I‘m trying not to start any new series for a few months, so I‘ve downloaded the other two available in this series!

Cathythoughts Oh great. Must be good so 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
MicheleinPhilly No new series for a few months??? 😮 I am curious to see how this plays out. 😉 5mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts 👍🏻 5mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly why does no 1 in a series seem so much more alluring 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Great question that I do not have the answer to. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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TrishB
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Some hairdresser reading 😁 not had a minute to read properly the last few days so looking forward to getting into this one.

squirrelbrain Are you having a change of hair colour today? ❤️💜 or maybe even 💙?! 5mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain the red is just about a colour I like now, not changing yet. I‘ve had blue before but too many comments about Everton so never again! 5mo
Cathythoughts Oh interesting, this is the second in this series?! Loved the first one. ( for #booked2019 ) 5mo
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TrishB @Cathythoughts yes, it‘s really good so far. I‘m trying not to start any new series, so going through kindle and spotted this one! 5mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t been able to read very much this last week either. 🙄 5mo
TrishB @LeahBergen just been one of those weeks 🤷‍♀️ finished this today so happy bunny! 5mo
DGRachel I love this series! ❤️ There must be something in the air as I‘ve been struggling to read much this week, too, even though I have the new Orphan X book and it‘s really good so far. 😔 5mo
TrishB @DGRachel just not to be some days! 5mo
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jenniferw88
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1. I've known the three girls in this pic since first school. This was taken in 2008!
2. Corfu.
3. My absolute favourite smell is roast potatoes cooking & it reminds me of the oddest meal I've ever been served - pizza, roast potatoes, salad & baked beans?!
4. Tagged.
5. @LoveToReadLiveToRead #whodunituk will be sent but I'm trying to get a few extras. I'm on holiday next week so won't be until early July.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Sounds like a great meal to me!! 8mo
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jenniferw88
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#booked2019 #summer #muslimauthorormc completed.

Not as good as the first one but I will still continue the series. 4 🌟

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Great job, Jenny!! 9mo
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Melissa_J
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I am not in the mood for any of the books I currently have on the go, so I‘m opting for the pictured book instead. I loved the first book in this series and I can‘t believe it‘s taken me such a long time to start this second novel. Don‘t mind the price sticker, the book has been on my shelf so long that the sticker has fused itself to the dust jacket 😂

I‘ve paired my book with a delightful rhubarb flavoured cider by Somersby.

LeahBergen Oh, I‘ll have to try that cider! 👍🏻 10mo
Melissa_J @LeahBergen it‘s excellent. And the rhubarb tastes comes through nicely. 10mo
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sherryvdh
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So much #AudioLaundry and #AudioCleaning to do today. 😮 I've been sick again the last few days (3rd time this month...yay cold and flu season!) My house is a disaster zone, but thankfully I've got a good #Audiobook to listen to while doing it.

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howjessreads
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Not like a “I love this so much I want to binge the whole series” book, but I think I‘ll definitely keep going with the next book. #howjessreadsin2019

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readtheworld
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Rainy days are for long reading sessions and never changing out of your pajamas.

#weekendread #mystery #rainyday

tammysue That sounds like the perfect day! Enjoy! 💜 2y
readtheworld @whatshesreadingnow it really is the best! It‘s like a casual, private readathon. 2y
cariashley That was my day too, glorious 😁 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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I am enjoying this series SO much. Wonderful, complex characters and great mysteries.

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Laughterhp
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When you‘re trying to be prudent and leave a small amount of books unpacked so you can still read while your moving and there are still more books than what will fit in the box.. 🤦‍♀️

#readerproblems #bookproblems #bookdragon #bookstack

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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Day 15 - mystery novel. I read the first is this series (The Unquiet Dead) a couple of months ago & cannot wait to read more. The author's unique detective duo & emphasis on social justice issues make the series timely and compelling. Check it out! #readingwomenmonth #readingwomenchallenge #dayfifteen

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Jolynne
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An excellent look at multi-cultural Toronto and a top-notch crime mystery.

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saguarosally
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Clearly this was a sign that I should go to a bookstore and buy this book. #booksigns #tucson

cathysaid Clearly. 😂 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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#Bookmail! I enjoyed the first book so much that I definitely wanted to keep reading Khan. I‘ve looked for her books in several stores and none of them seem to stock her. This makes me sad. 🙁 So, I ordered this online. Hooray! 🙂 I‘m trying to limit my book buying, so I didn‘t buy every single book she‘s written. Yet.

DGRachel I know. I was so upset when I went looking for her newest...none of the three Barnes & Noble stores near me had it and neither did my local indie. I ordered it online, too. 2y
Ncostell I‘m reading The Unquiet Dead now (which I also ordered online) and am really enjoying it. I know already that I‘m going to want to read the whole series. It‘s a shame it‘s not more readily available. 2y
GatheringBooks interesting! stacking this one and the first novel too 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Two books sent from the publishers today #bookmail

kate_reads Ooh I like the UK cover for the hocking 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @katekrug it‘s gorgeous isn‘t it? (edited) 2y
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DGRachel
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@Laughterhp @eanderson You were my only entrants for my #AZKGiveaway and I can‘t bear to just flip a coin, so send me your addresses and I‘ll send you both a paperback set of the first three books. 😊 My email address is in the comments. Thanks for entering and giving me your favorite mystery/thriller recommendations!

DGRachel Email is ucfdg97 @ Gmail.com 2y
Melissa_J @eanderson @Laughterhp Congrats! You won‘t be disappointed. I l‘ve only read the first book but it was excellent! 2y
Laughterhp You are so awesome! Thank you so much! ☺️ 2y
eanderson Awww!!! You are so thoughtful!!! Thank you so much for doing that!!! 🤗 2y
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DGRachel
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In honor of Ausma Zehanat Khan‘s 4th Getty & Khattak novel coming out this month, I‘m going to try to fill the #quotsyfeb18 prompts from the earlier books in the series. You‘re welcome. 😂😂

#secret

dsfisher Good job! 2y
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cathysaid
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Thanks to @Ashley_Nicoletto and her Kindle post, I was able to grab a few deals on iBooks since they seem to match Kindle deals. I also saw this deal and highly recommend this book. Khan is one of the authors I discovered this year and I'm so glad I did! #kindledeals #iBookdeals

DGRachel Yes! She‘s amazing, both as a writer and human being. I adore her. 2y
cathysaid @DGRachel I would love to see her speak! 2y
MicheleinPhilly Oh look, bought another one. 💸💸💸 2y
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Bookquilter
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RebelReader This title intrigues me! 2y
Bookquilter @rebelreader Second in series.... I am flying through this one. Unsettling but informative. First book is 2y
RebelReader @Bookquilter Thanks! I'll have to check it out. I'm gonna need a spreadsheet to keep track of my series reading. 😬😬😬😬 2y
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Read66
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Enjoyed this mystery - and the setting which is the area I live and work in so that was fun recognizing pubs and libraries etc. I struggled a bit because I had not read the first book in the series so was missing some back story that would probably be clearer from reading the first book...which I will be adding to my list now.

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CoffeeK8
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Another great mystery! I️ Love the complexity of relationships between the main characters and their family, the nuanced portrait painted of all the characters good, bad or shades of gray in between was really amazing!

ElyssaReads Gorgeous tree!! 2y
CoffeeK8 @ElyssaReads thanks! It‘s the last of our beautiful leaves this year! 2y
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dsfisher
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This is the second of this series. I enjoyed seeing how the relationship between the two detectives grows and how they deal with their cultural differences. Excellent plot and ending. Highly recommend this author.

DGRachel Yes! I ❤️❤️❤️ her!! 2y
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cathysaid
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Khan's follow-up to The Unquiet Dead is just as good as her debut. So glad I discovered this series, thanks to Litsy!
#mystery

DGRachel Yes! I love this series so much. Can't wait for book 4 next year! 2y
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DGRachel
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After a bad experience with Sue Grafton more than 20 years ago, I stopped doing #bingereads of authors and series, until this past July. In July and August, I binge read four authors and their various series. I think I'll still be cautious about the series and the number of books in a series that I'll binge, but these have been enjoyable and fun.

#autumnreads

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Lizpixie
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#AndItsAugust #day16 #Diversity These are four very diverse books which I've loved this year. Maus is a graphic novel written by Art Spiegelman about his fathers exoerience in Auschwitz, The Language of Secrets is about a Muslim detective in Canada, ACACO is about a cloned woman, her partner & an AI that's now in an android body & THUG is about a young black teenager who sees her best friend shot in front of her by police. 5⭐️ reads all.

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DGRachel
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A solid police procedural with well developed characters - being American, not Canadian, I had no idea it was inspired by actual events - the Toronto 18. AZK does an excellent job of combining real historical elements with fiction in a way that inspires the reader to look beyond the page and beyond themselves, to question their beliefs and prejudices. I cannot wait to start her next book.

TrishB Looks interesting! 3y
Melissa_J I have the first book on my TBR pile - I think it's time I consider reading it. 3y
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DGRachel
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Switching between print and audio depending on pain level and whether or not I have an aura. #currentlyreading

Thanks for hosting the #weekendgiveaway!

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DGRachel
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Grateful for audiobooks when the migraine monster strikes, even if the narrator isn't fantastic.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh no. Hope the monster goes away soon! 💕 3y
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DGRachel
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#rightnow I'm trying to #followtheclues in the book I'm #currentlyreading, in an effort to avoid stressing over the fact that my dog is at the vet. Maybe I'll take a nap and hide from reality for a bit.
#augustgrrrl #backtoreading #augustlibrary17

StaceyKondla I hope everything will be well with your poor dog 😢 3y
DGRachel @StaceyKondla Thanks. He's got an autoimmune disorder that attacks his nails and it's flaring up. They are going to be removing at least one nail that is loose and causing a lot of pain while he's under for a teeth cleaning. 😢 3y
JoeStalksBeck Love to puppy‼️❤️ 3y
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BookishJess I hope all goes well with your dog ❤️ 3y
batsy Hope it all goes well and he's back to his doggy self soon 🐶 ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Sending hugs to you & your pup ❤️❤️ 3y
BostonBookAddict Oh I hope the pup is Ok! 3y
DGRachel @JoeStalksBeck @BookishJess @batsy @Cinfhen @BostonBookAddict Thanks everyone. He's home now and sleeping off the anesthesia. Ate a little food, enough that I was comfortable giving him his antibiotic and pain pills. Praying for no "accidents" overnight and no vomiting. Not looking forward to trying to put a plastic bag over the foot bandage when we go outside, though. ? 3y
RaimeyGallant Is the puppy okay? 3y
DGRachel @RaimeyGallant Yes, thanks for asking. The bandage came off today and he's able to walk normally. I think another day or two and his tummy should be back to normal, too. 😊 3y
RaimeyGallant Phew! 3y
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DGRachel
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Not sure I have enough brain power to start this, but I'm going to give it a go. #currentlyreading

cathysaid I'm reading The Unquiet Dead right now. As crime novels go, it has a bit more history than I normally like, but the writing is wonderful. 3y
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Lizpixie
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#JubilantJuly #day19 #SophomoreNovels This is Ausma Zehanat Khan's sophomore novel & her follow up to The Unquiet Dead.Whilst not quite as great as her first,it was still a four star read for me.Her novels deal with the Muslim community in Canada,in the first novel,the Balkan states community,but in this one she brings together different nationalities who all have their faith in common. Esa Khattak, her main lead, is a great character to read.

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Lizpixie
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Bk2 in the DI Esa Khattak series, was a solid effort after the fantastic first book, The Unquiet Dead. This one wasn't quite as good, but still a great read. I'm definitely getting my hands on Bk3.
Detective Esa Khattak is the head of the Community Policing Unit in Canada, looking into minority sensitive crime. When INSET, the federal police agency, ask his help on the murder of Mohsin Dar, a UC in a terrorist cell, he sends in Rachel Getty.

TheLondonBookworm Can we just take a minute I appreciate how very very amazing that Doctor Who bag is?!?!! Also did you see last nights episode? It was amazing!!!!!! 3y
TheBookDream Cool #DoctorWho bag! 👍👍 3y
Lizpixie @TheLondonBookworm @TheBookDream it was in the Dr Who show bag from the Royal Easter Show this year. I also got a travel mug, hat, stationery set, keychain, and a booklight!💙💙💙💙💙 3y
TheBookDream @TheLondonBookworm @Lizpixie How cool! Also, I haven't seen the episode yet! I thought it was on next week. It's DVR'd so I'll watch it later. Too nice to leave my porch. 3y
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Lizpixie
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#Riotgrams #day22 #CurrentRead I've just finished one of the books I received in my #summersolstice box & it was brilliant.I have The Essex Serpent started, but I'm in the mood for more serious crime so I'm starting this novel.The 2nd book in the DI Essa Khattak series, he heads up Canada's Community Policing unit, dealing with minority sensitive crime, when he's asked to investigate the murder of an undercover agent in a potential terrorist cell.

tpixie Fast reader!!! 💖📚💖 3y
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DGRachel
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#booksinthewild I got a delivery text message, but my book wasn't delivered!! It's lost out in the wild, all by it's lonesome. My poor book. 😭#riotgrams

Andrew65 Oh no! 😢 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Poor lonely book! 3y
Hooked_on_books Oh that's awful! I hope it finds its way to you. 3y
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ScientistSam Oh no! 3y
Mimi28 Sorry to hear that! 3y
bookwrm526 😨 3y
Lwiesman 😞 3y
BibliophileMomma That's happened to me before with Amazon. What it was someone accidentally clicked delivered when it got to my local post office. It came the next day. 3y
DGRachel @Tiffy_Reads With Prime delivery, it was supposed to be at my house today, so someone screwed up. Either the postal carrier flat out misdelivered it (there is a street with a ridiculously similar name less than 1/2 mile away in the same neighborhood), or it was scanned as delivered to keep them out of trouble with Amazon thinking I wouldn't call until Monday by which time they'd have actually delivered (they've done that before) 3y
DGRachel I have another package due tomorrow. If they both don't show, I'll be raising hell in my post office in person on Monday. 😡 3y
Debiw781 I've had this happen a couple times. Thankfully either a neighbor brings it over or it shows up (late) in the mailbox a day or two later 3y
DGRachel @Debiw781 It still hasn't arrived. I called Amazon again and they contacted USPS who has started an investigation which is supposed to take 2-3 days. I'm disappointed in Amazon. They've gotten too big for their britches. In the old days, they would have sent me a new book the first time I called and I would have sent a copy back if/when the duplicate arrived. Now, I have to call back AGAIN tomorrow if the book still doesn't show. 😢😡 3y
Debiw781 @DGRachel Weird... I had something go missing recently from my mom's house and they immediately sent another item. 3y
DGRachel @Debiw781 must just be me then. 😭 3y
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DGRachel
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Technically, the won't be my #weekendreading, but I just ordered it and it should arrive tomorrow or Sunday. The first book in this series was so good. I'm really looking forward to this one. #readingwomenmonth

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Lizpixie
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Hawkesbury river, here we come! Yay!🛥🎣☺️📖🎨

Megabooks I read a book about the Hawesbury once. 😎😎 3y
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mllemay
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Second book featuring detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty. This one was just as enjoyable as the first. I felt like we really got to know the two main characters and I'm really attached to them now. The plot dragged a bit in the middle but everything tied together in a way that made sense in the end, and the book finished strong. Can't wait to read the third one!

Lmstraubie I love when you find a series you enjoy and can keep visiting with characters you like. 3y
mllemay @Lmstraubie yes, it's the best! 3y
Matilda I love the characters! 3y
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Thenovellife
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The 2nd book in Detective Khattak series. The first book, The Unquiet Dead, was incredible. It introduced us to Muslim detective Khattak and gave us insight into his life and beliefs all the while solving a murder reaching back to The Croatian War & war crimes committed.

BookishMarginalia Hi, Stacy, @Thenovellife ! Did you receive the #CupidGoesPostal match email? (Check your junk mail too) (edited) 3y
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The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan. The second in her Getty/Khattak series. The first novel had rather harrowing descriptions of the 1995 Srebrenicia massacre, and so while I enjoyed the mystery, I had to keep putting the book down and seeking psychological solace by hugging my dogs. This one was much less difficult to read in terms of the mental toll it exacted, and I'm looking forward to the third book. Originally posted on Instagram.

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slhbooks
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Enjoyed the 2nd mystery in this series with Detective Esa Khattak and his partner Detective Rachel Getty. I had a bit of a hard time accepting Rachel's ease at going undercover in the mosque harboring a terrorist cell, but I let that go and read on. Khan does a good job revealing the difficulties and judgments Khattak faces as family, faith and career issues come up. Rachel is a good character too with family issues of her own.

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slhbooks
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Really enjoyed Khan's first mystery featuring Detective Esa Khattak and his partner Detective Rachel Getty. Together, they handle minority-sensitive cases for Canada's Community Policing Section. Hoping I'll like this one too. My little kitty Nellie was available to pose🐱#cats of Litsy

LeahBergen Hello, Nelly! 3y
Dragon Soft kitty 🐱 3y
mhillis This sounds good! 😺 3y
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nobodygirl
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I made my library order this book because I liked the first one in this series so much. I liked this one a lot too.

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BestOfFates
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"We bring to a tradition what is already within ourselves, however our moral compass is designed, whatever our ethical training is. And then the tradition speaks."

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