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Murder at the Mena House

(2020)
(The first book in the Jane Wunderly Mystery series)
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Well-heeled travelers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotel—an exotic gem in the heart of Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows . . .
 
Egypt, 1926.

Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won’t be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie’s best efforts at meddling with her love life, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza than into the eyes of a dashing stranger. Yet Jane’s plans to remain cool and indifferent become ancient history in the company of Mr. Redvers, a roguish banker she can’t quite figure out . . .
 
While the Mena House has its share of charming guests, Anna Stainton isn’t one of them. The beautiful socialite makes it clear that she won’t share the spotlight with anyone—especially Jane. But Jane soon becomes the center of attention when she’s the one standing over her unintentional rival’s dead body.
 
Now, with her innocence at stake in a foreign country, Jane must determine who can be trusted, and who had motive to commit a brutal murder. Between Aunt Millie’s unusual new acquaintances, a smarmy playboy with an off-putting smile, and the enigmatic Mr. Redvers, someone has too many secrets. Can Jane excavate the horrible truth before her future falls to ruin in Cairo . . . and the body count rises like the desert heat?

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"With deft characterizations, an engaging plot, and the most compelling heroine I've found since Amelia Peabody, Erica Ruth Neubauer's Murder at Mena House is the best book you'll read this year. I can't wait for the next installment of this phenomenal series." - Tasha Alexander

"It's no small feat to bring 1920s colonial Egypt to life, but Murder at the Mena House does far more than that. It's an elegant mystery--written with wit, style, and heart--and Jane Wunderly is an unforgettable sleuth. Erica Neubauer's debut is an absolute delight." - Hilary Davidson

"Murder at the Mena House is impossible to put down. A pitch-perfect mystery, with an exotic locale, and an unforgettable main character I hope to encounter again in future books. Erica Neubauer has created one of the most impressive debut novels I've read." - Alex Grecian

"What a refreshing surprise to be back on the Nile in this confident and accomplished debut. Neubauer pays proper homage to the Golden Age, but her crisp style and witty heroine ensure that Murder at the Mena House zips along in a thoroughly modern manner. I hope plucky Jane Wunderly has a long sleuthing future ahead; I, for one, am already looking forward to her next adventure." - Catriona McPherson

"A thrilling new series!" - Victoria Thompson

"An exotic trip back in time to 1920s Egypt, with a cast of winning characters right out of the Golden Age of crime fiction. Murder at the Mena House is a charming adventure cum murder mystery set in a luxury hotel at the foot of the great pyramids. Gigolos, card sharps, smugglers, rich aunts, and one achingly handsome romantic interest surround our plucky, irresistible, complex heroine, the young widow Mrs. Jane Wunderly. An auspicious start to what promises to be an exciting and compelling series." - James W Ziskin


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Hardback Editions

March 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Murder at the Mena House (A Jane Wunderly Mystery)
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
ISBN: 1-4967-2585-9 / 978-1-4967-2585-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Paperback Editions

February 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Murder at the Mena House (A Jane Wunderly Mystery)
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
ISBN: 1-4967-2586-7 / 978-1-4967-2586-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Audio Editions

April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Murder at the Mena House
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
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April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Murder at the Mena House
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
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April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Murder at the Mena House
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
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March 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Murder at the Mena House (Jane Wunderly Mystery (1))
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
ISBN: 1-68457-845-0 / 978-1-68457-845-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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March 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Murder at the Mena House: Jane Wunderly Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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March 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Murder at the Mena House: Jane Wunderly Mystery, Book 1
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Murder at the Mena House (A Jane Wunderly Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Erica Ruth Neubauer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU