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Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery by Barbara Nadel

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The third case to feature Private Investigator Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim operating in London’s East End. These are a lot grittier than her lovely Turkish based Inspector Ikmen series, or indeed her atmospheric World War II Francis Hancock mysteries. These can get a bit raw leaving little to the imagination. Arnold is an ex-police officer, Hakim a qualified psychiatrist which enables him to go undercover in a psychiatric hospital. Meanwhile Arnold is off to Southend seeking a man who has absconded with £2 million. Lots of red herrings; lots of threads; not your typical Nadel at all.

~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is the third novel in Nadel’s gritty and involving series featuring protagonists ex-soldier Lee Arnold and his Muslim colleague Mumtaz Hakim, who run a detective agency in the East End of London. Mumtaz is contacted by Salwa, the Egyptian wife of a man serving time in Belmarsh prison on terrorism charges. Listening to Salwa, Mumtaz comes to believe in the innocence of her husband, and begins to unearth evidence that will set him free. But nothing turns out to be quite what it seems, and Mumtaz finds herself in considerable danger.


Poisoned Ground A Hakim and Arnold Mystery by Barbara Nadel

Ex-soldier Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim run a detective agency in London's ethnically diverse, crime-ridden East End. Mumtaz is approached by an Egyptian woman, Salwa, whose husband is in Belmarsh on terrorism charges. Salwa convinces Mumtaz of her husband's innocence and persuades her to go undercover to prove it. But Salwa is not what she seems. Trapped in an old tunnel that leads to the London docks, will Mumtaz escape with her life?


An intelligent crime novel that explores the fractures that can occur in a multi-cultural, multi-religious community... Well written and thoughtful, this is a powerful novel that addresses serious issues and also provides some good thrills * Sydney Morning Herald * There's no shortage of crime fiction set in London yet it's not often it's of a standard as high as this. Definitely not one to miss * Bookaddict Shaun * The plot is intricate and keeps you guessing until thevery last minute . . . This series has brilliantly established itself and this latest is another masterpiece from Barbara Nadel. Long may it continue! * Crimesquad *

About the Author

Trained as an actress, Barbara Nadel used to work in mental health services. Born in the East End of London, she now lives in Lancashire and writes full time.

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Publication date

2nd July 2015


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Quercus Publishing


448 pages


Crime / Mystery
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