THE CAIRO DIARY, by Maxim Chattam
After a mysterious correspondent gives her a riddle to solve, Marion becomes too engrossed in the diary to seek further letters. The novel switches nicely from ancient, bustling Cairo to the nearly-deserted Mont in winter, both of them told in evocative detail. The translation does not give a nod to the informality of English, so you may find some passages a bit stilted. It's a 4.
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