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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Crocodile Makes No Sound is a work of fiction in the historical world of ancient Egypt and was penned by author N. L. Holmes. Combining accurate historical realism with emotive characters and intense drama, this novel is the sequel to the excellent Bird In A Snare. We are reunited with the empathetic and heroic protagonist Lord Hani as his diplomatic ventures continue, and once more we find ourselves embroiled in a fascinating political plot. As Hani takes on an investigation for the Beloved Royal Wife, he learns how to carefully toe the line between his own conscience and the loyalty he must show to the king.
Author N. L. Holmes delivers another stellar volume in the Lord Hani Mysteries collection with this new novel that picks up a few years after the previous novel. Having been wowed by the sensual and immersive introduction to ancient Egypt from book one, it was wonderful to step back into Hani’s world and see the adjustments and difficulties that have occurred since the regime change. The dialogue shone for me in this volume, with each character finding their unique voice and delivering emotive conversations that flag all the suspicions and turmoil that lie beneath the surface. I felt that the development of the female characters, struggling in this patriarchal society, was also especially well done, and I adored both Neferet and Nefertiti for their trials and tribulations. Overall, I would highly recommend The Crocodile Makes No Sound for fans of Lord Hani who want to fall into these amazing political thriller mysteries of the ancient world.