The title: City of Jasmine
The author: Deanna Raybourn
Publication: Harlequin MIRA, 2014
Got it from: Hoopla Audiobooks
Anyone looking for a rip-roaring 1920s adventure in the style of Indiana Jones, Miss Fisher, or my beloved Amelia Peabody, would enjoy this one. I listened to it on audiobook and quite liked the episodic derring-do of the main characters.
Evangeline Starke (no relation to Iron Man, I presume) is a famous aviatrix in 1920s London. She's sort of widowed - her husband, Gabriel, left her five years earlier in Shanghai and then went down with the Lusitania. Or is he dead? Dun dun dun. Evangeline has a newspaper photo that might prove otherwise. So she's off with her eccentric Aunt Dove, a former Victorian adventuress, and their sidekick bird Arthur Wellesley, to Damascus where the picture was taken. There's lots of exotic details about the city, the desert and the archeological site where Evie ends up. Of course, it wouldn't be a true Indiana Jones-type adventure without a sacred relic, secret identities, double-crosses, lots of guns being shot, evil villains and a plane chase. And romance, naturally.