Ryder (Ayesha Ryder, Book 1)

By Nicholas Pengelley

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Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife within the center East. Now her earlier is catching as much as her as she races to solve a secret that spans centuries—and threatens to alter the process history.

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders arrange to make a joint assertion on the Tower of London, an influential pupil is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed domestic in St. John’s wooden. educational researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing isn't any accident. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed stunning revelations approximately T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. may possibly Montagu were specified due to his discoveries?

Ryder’s look for solutions takes her again to her outdated lifestyles within the heart East and right into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she attracts the eye of brokers from either side of the clash, together with detectives from Scotland backyard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets and techniques, an surprising case of royal blackmail, even the hunt for the Bible’s misplaced Ark of the Covenant.

Every step of how, the endgame grows extra terrifying. but if an assault rocks London, the genuine gamers convey their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left maintaining the ultimate piece of the puzzle.

Praise for Ryder

“[Nick] Pengelley units an unconventional tale unfastened on and lower than the streets of London. along with his strange heroine, the writer rejects the clichés of action-adventure thrillers and supplies a shockingly exciting read.”—Library magazine (starred review)

“An intriguing mystery with characters that you simply can’t aid yet like . . . a thrill-a-minute tale . . . really worth interpreting . . . Pengelley has a success with the nature of Ayesha Ryder.”—Fresh Fiction

“This fast paced crime/political mystery not just is well timed for today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflicts however it delves into historic occasions that assisted in shaping the best way the region’s political weather has advanced. . . . prepare for an edge-of-your-seat journey that includes a kick-butt heroine bent on justice . . . I had a blast examining Ryder.”—Popcorn Reads

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Chief of the Blackshirts—the British Union of Fascists. A completely nasty piece of labor. Mosley married a great pal of mine, Diana Mitford. by no means understood what she observed in him. ” the ultimate photo confirmed a trio of fellows. T. E. Lawrence used to be one, wearing a swimsuit. one other guy, additionally in a swimsuit, had the glance of a senior bureaucrat. The 3rd used to be attired in Arab gown. “The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem,” Ayesha stated. “And that’s Nigel Clarke-Kerr,” woman Madrigal acknowledged, pointing on the bureaucrat. “He was once with the League of countries. ” A line of writing was once scrawled around the backside of the photo. “ ‘Clouds Hill. 10th of might, 1935,’ ” Ayesha learn aloud. “Just earlier than Lawrence’s death,” Bryan acknowledged. “Nigel used to be killed at virtually an analogous time,” girl Madrigal reminded them. “His aircraft went down over the North Sea. Tragic. He used to be a beautiful guy. ” Ayesha’s brain raced. Lawrence, al-Husayni, and Nigel Clarke-Kerr met in simple terms days ahead of Lawrence’s dying in might 1935. The Grand Mufti represented Arab Palestine on the time and Clarke-Kerr used to be with the League of countries, the governing physique finally liable for Palestine. Lawrence was once operating for MI6. What connection may there be among Lawrence and Palestine on one hand, and the Prince of Wales and the Nazis at the different? at the face of it, none. except the truth that pictures of all of them have been contained in an envelope marked Palestine convention. Nineteen thirty-five. much was once taking place in Europe, however it used to be nonetheless numerous years earlier than the battle and the Grand Mufti’s disastrous involvement with the Nazis. The Arab rebellion in Palestine begun a number of months after Lawrence’s demise, notwithstanding, and the Grand Mufti could lead it. “Lady Madrigal,” Ayesha acknowledged, “you stated in the event you attempted to offer Churchill the Palestine convention envelope he wasn’t . He stated there has been no element anymore. ” woman Madrigal nodded, her gaze locked on Ayesha’s. “That’s correct. It used to be per week or so after Ned’s funeral. i used to be devastated. And Winston used to be super busy. Ramsay MacDonald had simply resigned and issues have been in a tizzy. ” girl Madrigal’s final phrases had supplied one other hyperlink within the chain. “So,” Ayesha stated, “in 1935, Lawrence meets with the Grand Mufti and Nigel Clarke-Kerr. Lawrence and Clarke-Kerr are killed, and Ramsay MacDonald resigns from workplace. Then Churchill tells you there’s no aspect in…” She gazed at woman Madrigal, considering. “What was once taking place in 1935? and the way do the Prince of Wales and the Nazis come into it? i do know the tales approximately Edward’s Nazi sympathies. all people does. yet Lawrence? ” “Would it have concerned the Jews? ” Holden requested. Ayesha swung at the DI. “How do you suggest? ” “Well, Palestine. Arabs. most likely the Jews have been concerned. And we all know how the Nazis felt approximately them. ” She shook her head. “It doesn’t make any feel. How could the Prince of Wales be concerned? No. If it wasn’t for the Nazi photos I’d say the Palestine convention was once a negotiation being undertaken by means of Lawrence on behalf of the British executive with the Grand Mufti. Given the timing, with struggle at the horizon, that most likely intended they have been speaking approximately pulling out of Palestine.

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