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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Around the World in 80 Murders: Africa

Sleuth your way around the world, explore novel destinations, and help catch a killer as you go…Around the World in 80 Murders


A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
A white police officer is mysteriously murdered on the South Africa-Mozambique border in 1952, shortly after the apartheid system has been put in place. Race is a major issue in the narrative; Afrikaners and people of color eye each other warily owing to the recent advent of laws that prescribe how whites and blacks can and can't interact.

Dead before Dying by Deon Meyer
A Capetown detective investigates a bizarre series of murders committed with a century-old Mauser pistol used by the Afrikaners in the Boer War. The killer even uses vintage cartridges. Trouble is, the murders appear to be completely random and unrelated.

Cross Country by James Patterson
Alex Cross, a Washington, D.C. police detective, takes on a very different quarry--a human monster known as the Tiger with ties to the African underworld. Cross pursues the Tiger to Nigeria, where the profiler finds himself at the mercy of corrupt government officials who may be working with the Tiger.

Cape Greed by Sam Cole
Ex-cops-turned-PIs start their new agency investigating “no gun stuff,” but their plans are turned around by the bodies of the Capetown street kids found ritualistically buried in the oceanside dunes.

First Wave by James R. Benn
In this World War II mystery, the focus is on Eisenhower's plan to invade Vichy-held Algeria, anticipating a quick surrender by the French. It doesn't happen quite like that, and along the way, a special investigator with Eisenhower's staff, finds himself trying to solve a series of murders connected to black marketeers and working to rescue a captured British spy.

Alexandria by Lindsey Davis
In the first century B.C.E., the Librarian of the great library in Alexandria is found dead in his sealed office. There's been plenty of controversy surrounding the Librarian already, and the controversy over who will succeed him turns bloody. Who knew that the race for a top library spot could be so intriguing? 

Wings of Fire by Dale Brown
North Africa is in turmoil. The new Libyan president has had the new Egyptian president assassinated, and the latter's widow vows revenge, enlisting the high-tech help of the Night Stalkers. But the Libyans, and their scheming secret allies, hold a trump card and it may be one that will leave even the Night Stalkers powerless...

Away from You by Melanie Finn
A young woman, estranged from her abusive father, now deceased, returns to her childhood home in Kenya to put to rest the conviction that her father was involved in the murder of a neighbor. Her conviction is reinforced when she finds he may be linked to another murder.

Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda
A young woman, who was an ambulance driver in World War I, continues her adventurous life in Nairobi, where she mingles with the colonial elite, kills a hyena, learns Swahili, fingers a drug smuggler, romances a man twice her age, attracts the attentions of a local witch and uncovers a murder.

A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley
In investigating the case of a partially consumed human body found in a remote area of a game reserve, tangential links to Botswana Cattle and Mining, the country's largest company, keep surfacing. As more people connected to the case turn up dead, it looks like multiple murder may just be the byproduct of a much more heinous crime.

The Spies of Sobeck by P. C. Doherty
Egypt, 15th century B.C.E. isn’t much different than modern times in that murderers must be caught. Deaths under suspicious causes, webs of intrigue and deceit and murder investigations are as common then as now. Forensics are more limited, of course, but detectives’ minds are still as sharp as need be.

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