book reviews

Ayesha Dean: The Lisbon Lawbreaker

The Lisbon Lawbreaker by Melati Lum

Rating: 3.5/5

Publication Date: April 8th, 2021


I received this from the author in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest.

Even though this is the third book in a series, it functions as a standalone as well. I had fun trying to figure out bits of the mystery. Ayesha really just has a knack for getting into loads of trouble. She really just follows trouble and then gets surprised when she gets into more trouble haha!

It was honestly good fun, even if mystery isn’t my normal genre I had a good time. It was interesting to see Ayesha get into some fun chaos and make friends (and enemies). If I was in the right mood, I’d probably read the other Ayesha Dean books. She’s a very enthusiastic and positive person and it definitely had the fun Nancy Drew-esque vibes everybody loves about a good old mystery novel.

I read this a while ago so I’m having difficulty articulating everything about the book, especially because it’s a mystery. It’s hard to talk about it without spoiling the entire book!

What I appreciated about the book is that this wasn’t some book about being Muslim and it being some commentary about Islamophobia. This also wasn’t a book that could easily be just a generic character and the story stays the same. It was clear that Ayesha is a Muslim by the way she holds herself and the little things she does without it going into extensive commentary. It was cool to see just a casual Muslim character where Islam was a part of her life but didn’t stop her from doing anything like traveling or anything.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a fun little mystery, likes to travel and learn (this one takes place in Portugal!), and likes to scoff at characters who literally get themselves into and out of messes.

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