Allure of Deceit.pdf
A young inventor and his wife die in a car bombing - leaving behind a will that surprises friends and parents by directing a vast fortune toward charities in the developing world. On the ground in Afghanistan, international charities rapidly search for Afghan partners to compete for the attention of the new foundation - including an orphanage and a health team supporting reproductive rights. As part of their strategy to win the new funds the two groups try to focus attention on two particular women in the village of Laashekoh: a young mother imprisoned for murdering the village leader's oldest son and a woman who has a reputation for providing reproductive health care, including abortions. When they discover that the first woman abandoned her infant daughter, and the second has no actual patients, aid workers and lawyers scramble to enhance the stories.
Meanwhile, most Laashekoh villagers do not want Western charity and are astounded to be regarded as potential recipients. Then a group of orphanage workers visiting the village goes missing, and foul play is immediately suspected.
The stakes are high, the sums of money are huge, and cultures clash. All these are motivations for fraud and murder in Allure of Deceit.
Praise for Fear of Beauty:
"Afghanistan's harsh terrain provides the backdrop for Froetschel's moving exploration of the mysterious death of a young boy....Froetschel has crafted an exceptionally well-written tale of love, loss, trust, and greed with appeal that reaches far beyond mystery fans."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Froetschel pulls the reader in almost from the first word with her dynamic plot twists."
- Women's Book Reviews
"Some nice plot twists and all ends happily,...the authenticity of the villagers, their beliefs and background, as well as the American agronomists, ring true. Are we sure the author isn't writing from Afghanistan?... And at the very end, the mystery of the title is solved. A good read."
-- The Daily Sentinel
"[T]his fictional woman halfway across the world isn't so different from you and me. Froetschel has great respect for the Afghan culture and deftly provides a slice-of-life tale that moves, informs and even surprises."
-- Shelf Awareness
Praise for Other Novels by Susan Froetschel:
" ... enjoyable mystery thriller .... Froetschel offers a nuanced view of Elena's relations with the royal family that closely follows the obvious historical model. Readers looking for a less tragic fate for the late Diana, princess of Wales, will find much to like in this beguiling what-if."
-- Publishers Weekly (on Royal Escape)
"Readers who appreciate a fine who-done-it within the context of a major society issue will want to read INTERRUPTIONS, a solid environmental mystery".
--Midwest Book Review (on Interruptions)
"A very satisfactory mystery... captures the atmosphere of an individual community of diverse personalities in a demanding environment."
-- Washington Times (on Alaska Gray)
"Susan Froetschel ... spent five years in Sitka, Alaska. It shows. The story's strong sense of place renders the events vivid, and the Alaskan environment itself becomes a source of interest."
-- Richmond Times Dispatch (on Alaska Gray)
Susan Froetschel is the author of four previous novels--Fear of Beauty (nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award), Alaska Gray, Interruptions, and Royal Escape. In addition, she has written articles for the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Barron's, and many other publications. She has taught at Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University, and she is currently a consultant editor for YaleGlobal Online at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.