Bird of Paradise: A Diana Siddal and Mustapha Alawi Mystery Short

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In this tale by Atlanta-based mystery writer Julian Cage, the discovery of the months-old corpse of a woman leads Detective Diana Siddal and Inspector Mustapha Alawi to two older men, one a lover and the other something of a mentor. One man loves theatre; the other came to love it. But neither expected what would happen when the woman and her partner tried to raise money for a theatre company.
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About Julian Cage

Julian Cage is a deeply cynical man who trolls the crime news of metro Atlanta. From these he creates fast-paced, character-driven mystery-thriller fiction. These novels and short stories center around Detective Diana Siddal and Inspector Mustapha Alawi, senior Homicide investigators for the Atlanta Police Department. You can reach Julian at

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Vicki Tyley reviewed on on March 3, 2013

“He doesn't get his hands dirty—but he's ruined a lot of people, some of whom may not have even deserved it.” – Bird of Paradise

An entertaining quick read and my introduction to Cage's Detective Diana Siddal and Inspector Mustapha Alawi. The writing is fluid and concise, the characters interesting and not run of the mill.

For me, it was a tad churchy, but not so much as to deter from the story.

I'd certainly read more of Cage’s work.
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