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, romance, and recipes and featuring a charming cast of characters.
Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook—and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper—until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner.
Tannie Maria doesn’t like the change, but soon discovers she has a knack—and a passion—for helping people. Of course she shares her recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her past, like a woman desperate to escape her abusive husband.
When the woman is murdered, Tannie Maria becomes dangerously entwined in the investigation, despite the best efforts of one striking detective determined to keep her safe. Suddenly, this practical, down-to-earth woman is involved in something much more sinister than perfecting her chocolate cake recipe . . .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful surprise this book is! If you loved Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books, you will adore this book. Deeper, important themes and lots to learn about South Africa, including the language. Can't wait for the next book featuring Tannie Marie and her friends.
A great book. Cannot wait for the sequel! Hope it turns into a long series. Very authentic descriptions. You hear the same love for Africa and its people that is present in Alexander McCall Smith's works. Deep assessment of human nature in the characters.
DDelightful read, genuine and surprising characterisation, far from the normal detective sleuth type. Surprising element that the recipies (typically South African ) suplllied in the appendix generate superb meals. HIghly recommended to read and to cook.
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