A SERIES OF HISTORICAL NOVELS

The Muhammad Amalfi
Mystery Series

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About the Mysteries​

About the Mysteries

Join Muhammad Amalfi in an exciting series of adventures and crime-related mysteries in the den of the most notorious corsairs the Mediterranean has ever known. The most unlikely of officials, as a foreigner, a convert, and still a student at the law college in Algiers, Muhammad is elevated by the capricious Dey of Algiers to fill the vacant office of Caid al-Fahs, or Chief Commissioner of the Hinterlands of Algiers. Amid the constant danger of the Dey’s disapproval or dismissal-both of which were often fatal for those whose actions displeased the mercurial Dey-the young and idealistic Muhammad sought justice amidst political intrigue, societal turmoil, and the need to survive in a strange and hostile environment.
The ten novels in the Muhammad Amalfi Mysteries feature the adventures of a young Italian orphan raised in a brothel and lost at sea in an open boat before being taken to Algiers as a captive from a hostile nation. The first three novels, Early Years in Algiers, recount the coming of age of the young captive through his ordeal at sea, the agreement resulting in his ransom, and his years as a student of language and law when he comes to the aid of his friends, acquaintances and, through no intention of his own, the Dey of Algiers.
Using his natural instincts, the street smarts developed while a guide to tourists and pilgrims in his native Amalfi and, in the final volumes, the help of his savvy and resolute wife, Hurriya, Muhammad seeks to navigate the troubled waters of a society consumed by the greed of its rulers and reviled by its European neighbors and competitors for the riches of North Africa and the Mediterranean.
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About the Mysteries​

About the Mysteries

Join Muhammad Amalfi in an exciting series of adventures and crime-related mysteries in the den of the most notorious corsairs the Mediterranean has ever known. The most unlikely of officials, as a foreigner, a convert, and still a student at the law college in Algiers, Muhammad is elevated by the capricious Dey of Algiers to fill the vacant office of Caid al-Fahs, or Chief Commissioner of the Hinterlands of Algiers. Amid the constant danger of the Dey’s disapproval or dismissal-both of which were often fatal for those whose actions displeased the mercurial Dey-the young and idealistic Muhammad sought justice amidst political intrigue, societal turmoil, and the need to survive in a strange and hostile environment.
The ten novels in the Muhammad Amalfi Mysteries feature the adventures of a young Italian orphan raised in a brothel and lost at sea in an open boat before being taken to Algiers as a captive from a hostile nation. The first three novels, Early Years in Algiers, recount the coming of age of the young captive through his ordeal at sea, the agreement resulting in his ransom, and his years as a student of language and law when he comes to the aid of his friends, acquaintances and, through no intention of his own, the Dey of Algiers.
Using his natural instincts, the street smarts developed while a guide to tourists and pilgrims in his native Amalfi and, in the final volumes, the help of his savvy and resolute wife, Hurriya, Muhammad seeks to navigate the troubled waters of a society consumed by the greed of its rulers and reviled by its European neighbors and competitors for the riches of North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Early Years in Algiers

With meticulous attention to detail and suspenseful storytelling, this series will keep you captivated from beginning to end. Add your email below to receive the Readers Companion Bonus Content!
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Enter the perplexing and fascinating world of the Barbary Corsairs during the last decades of Turkish rule. See it through the eyes of a young man finding his way in a city reviled by many as the Scourge of the Mediterranean. Experience the intensity, the intrigue, the danger, and the promise of a new life in a new and mysterious land.

A Captive in Algiers

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Another Tomb in Algiers

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What did I, Ettore, know of Algiers when I was swept to sea in the year 1788? What could I know? I was barely more than a boy living in a hammock strung nightly from hooks in a kitchen at a seaside bordello in Amalfi.

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