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Death by His Grace

Darko Dawson #5

by Kwei Quartey

Atmospherically set in Accra, Ghana, Chief Inspector Darko Dawson investigates the brutal murder of a high-society bride. In order to expose the truth, Darko must confront the pivotal role religion plays in...


Bad Seeds

Jade de Jong #5

by Jassy Mackenzie

Relentless South African private investigator Jade de Jong tracks a saboteur in a race to prevent a nuclear disaster in Jassy Mackenzie’s new, pulse-pounding thriller.

 

Despite her checkered history with...


Whitefly

Recipes for Love and Murder

Tannie Maria #1

by Sally Andrew

A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first entry in a delicious crime set in rural South Africa—a flavorful blend of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency and Goldie Schulz series, full of humor,...


Salamander Cotton

Jacob Tshabalala #2

by Richard Kunzmann

A dark, chilling mystery set in the brooding, atmospheric lands of South Africa

In his debut thriller, Bloody Harvests, Richard Kunzmann gave readers a glimpse into the turbulent South African landscape. Now...


Bloody Harvests

Jacob Tshabalala #1

by Richard Kunzmann

Even your soul isn't safe in death…

On the outskirts of shimmering Johannesburg, Detective Harry Mason and his crew are summoned to a grisly crime scene. By all accounts, discovering the mutilated corpse of...


Murder at Cape Three Points

Darko Dawson #3

by Kwei Quartey

Accra’s hotshot Detective Inspector Darko Dawson returns to solve a complex mystery that will take him out of the city to the beautiful coasts of Ghana, where a grim double-murder seems to have larger political...


The Secret History of Las Vegas: A Novel

by Chris Abani

A gritty, riveting, and wholly original murder mystery from PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author and 2015 Edgar Awards winner Chris Abani

Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve...


The Top Prisoner of C-Max

by Wessel Ebersohn

The far reach of evil from inside a maximum-security jail


Those Who Love Night

by Wessel Ebersohn

When Abigail Bukula, a young lawyer in the South African Justice Department, learns that the secret son of her aunt, who died in a massacre years ago, has been arrested by the Zimbabwean government, she races...


Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery

Darko Dawson #2

by Kwei Quartey

In the slums of Accra, Ghana’s fast-moving, cosmopolitan capital, teenagers are turning up dead. Inspector Darko Dawson has seen many crimes, but this latest string of murders—in which all the young victims...


The Classifier

by Wessel Ebersohn

Growing up and falling in love in a time of racial classification


The October Killings

by Wessel Ebersohn

Abigail Bukula was fifteen years old when her parents were killed in a massacre of antiapartheid activists by white apartheid security forces. Because a young soldier spoke up in her defense, she was spared....


Wife of the Gods: A Novel

Darko Dawson #1

by Kwei Quartey

Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field—and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, he’s been...


Devil's Peak: A Novel

by Deon Meyer

From rising South African thriller writer Deon Meyer, a gripping suspense novel about revenge, forgiveness, and the race to catch a trained killer.

A young woman makes a terrible confession to a priest. An honorable...


Dead at Daybreak

by Deon Meyer

A headspinning thriller from crime writer Deon Meyer: the story of an ex-cop who has seven days to solve a seemingly unsolvable crime--the answer to which lies in his own dark past.

"Exciting....A terrific ride...