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The Haunting of Tram Car 015

Tor.com. (Dead Djinn in Cairo, Bk. 2). Feb. 2019. 144p. ISBN 9781250294807. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250294784. FANTASY
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In 1912 Cairo, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities takes on cases considered abnormal by the wider world but quotidian enough to the ministry. This latest case is something different. When Agent Hamed Nasr and new partner Agent Onsi Yousef arrive at what seems to be a possessed tram car, they discover more than they were expecting. While trying to solve the case with minimal resources, Hamed and Onsi encounter suffragists, a smuggling ring, and sentient automatons. As they close in on the truth, Hamed and Onsi realize that a tram car is the least of their worries: all of Cairo may be at stake from a danger that spans the magical and mundane, requiring all their skills to stop it.
VERDICT This novella sequel to A Dead Djinn in Cairo keeps a tight hold through its well-crafted characters and absorbing alternate Egyptian landscape. Recommended for fans of the first book in this new series.

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