5 thoughts on “A Private Business (Hakim and Arnold, #1)

  1. Such a great book. I love Barbara Nadel Inspector Ikmen Istanbul-based books, and wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the British setting with entirely different characters.

    I particularly liked Mumtaz, while Lee seems like kind’ve a stale/overly familiar (ex) police character (former alcoholic with a messed up family life and a child with whom he’s got an awkward relationship), Mumtaz is what elevates the book for a 2.5 star book to a 4 star book. She was definitely surprising and almost reminded me

  2. I really enjoyed this book.

    I wasn’t sure at first about the narrative style and thought the authors may be playing the politically correct card in the character selection. But that wasn’t the case at all.
    The narrative grew in confidence and style and you really were on the heroes side. There was a warmth and positivity that ran through what is essentially a tragic and dark story.

    So a low key crime story, which challenges some racial stereotypes, and leaves you feeling good about the characters a

  3. An absolutely cracking start to the Hakim and Arnold series with Barbara Nadel firing on all cylinders and the introduction to her new pairing, ex-policeman Lee Arnold and his assistant, an early thirties headscarf wearing Muslim window in Mumtaz Hakim. An original East End boy Lee is seeking to establish his private investigations business and in need of an assistant and occasional secretary. Lee hires Mumtaz, impressed by her psychology degree and also somewhat intrigued, well aware that he is

  4. A Private Business is the first in a new series by Barbara Nadel, set in the modern-day East End of London. Private detective Lee Arnold hires Muslim widow Mumtaz Hakim to be his assistant, and they soon find themselves embroiled in a sinister case involving a former female stand-up comedienne who has found God.

    While there is nothing particularly new or different about Lee Arnold (I think this is the third divorced, alcoholic (ex)cop character story I’ve read this year), Mumtaz does stand out as

  5. Started this last night. God I love Quercus Crime.
    Centres around an ex-detective, now Private Detective, and his assistant who happens to be a Bangladeshi Muslim. I loved every aspect of this book – it’s the start of a series, and Nadel has set up the protagonists beautifully. I can’t wait for the next one. It’s not at all preachy, but the author has just completely integrated all the characters in their melting pot suburb really well, while gently educating the reader. LOVED IT.

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