The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice
Amy Logan. Priya Press (www.7perfumes.com), $14.95 paper (268p) ISBN 978-0-9853080-1-8
Logan's debut novel deftly explores honor killing, religious suppression, and the Druze%E2%80%94a Middle Eastern religious sect%E2%80%94as seen through the eyes of an American journalist seeking justice. On assignment in Israel, freelance reporter Fereby McCullough Jones is outraged and grief-stricken when her Druze friend, Leila, is found brutally murdered in what is ruled an accidental death. Believing that the reason for her friend's death is tied to Leila's forbidden and provocative paintings, Fereby begins a tumultuous journey to find the truth. The book's many characters are well drawn, vivid, and, like puzzle pieces, each is essential to the whole. At times the depth of historical detail disrupts the narrative flow, but in the end this thought-provoking tale is part women's history, part armchair adventure, and an eye-opening investigation of an often hidden world.
Reviewed on: 07/09/2012