Category Archives: South Africa

Review: RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER introduces the world to Tannie Maria, a fifty-something, Afrikaans, widow living in the town of Ladysmith in the Klein Karoo region of South Africa. She writes a cooking column for the local paper but the publication’s … Continue reading

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Review: COBRA by Deon Meyer

I regularly grumble that even though I like them I’m going to stop reading thrillers all together because it is too hard to find the good ones and I’m utterly fed up with the deluge of crap offerings that stray … Continue reading

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Review: THE FALLEN by Jassy Mackenzie

This is the first book I have read featuring Jade De Jong, a South African private detective, though it is the third in which she appears. As it opens Jade is in the resort area of St Lucia for a … Continue reading

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Review: Trackers by Deon Meyer

It’s hard to know how to talk about TRACKERS without giving away too many of the book’s surprises which come from both story and structure so I shall err on the side of caution. I don’t think it’s letting too … Continue reading

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Review: Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

This is the last book I needed to read to complete the 2010 CWA International Dagger Award shortlist and is the third book I have read by Deon Meyer. The story takes place across a single day. In the early … Continue reading

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Review: Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn

Malla Nunn’s first novel, A Beautiful Place to Die, was one of my favourite books of last year so I was keen to get my hands on this second, follow-up novel. I’m also counting it towards my Aussie Authors challenge … Continue reading

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Review: Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer

In South Africa Zatopek (Zet to his friends) van Heerden is an ex cop now working, reluctantly, as a private detective. Lawyer Hope Beneke hires him to find the will of an antiques dealer called Johannes Jacobus Smit who was … Continue reading

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Review: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

Title: A Beautiful Place to Die Author: Malla Nunn Publisher: Pan MacMillan [2008] ISBN: 978-1-405-03877-5 Length: 397 pages Genre: Historical crime fiction / police procedural ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ My rating: 5/5 One-liner: A stunningly confronting yet beautiful book. … Continue reading

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Review: Devil’s Peak by Deon Meyer

Title: Devil’s Peak Author: Deon Meyer Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2007) ISBN: 978-0-340-89705-8 In present-day South Africa three stories unfold in parallel. Christine explains to a patient Minister what led to her becoming a prostitute while Benny, an alcoholic police … Continue reading

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