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International Thrills: Will Dean

Identity, Family, and How Childhood Shapes Us By Allison McKnight Molly Raven is half a person. Her other half, her identical twin KT, is everything Molly isn’t. KT is fun, carefree, fearless,…

Africa Scene: Sally Andrew

Cooking Up a New Mystery By Michael Sears THE MILK TART MURDERS is Sally Andrew’s fourth mystery featuring the delightful Tannie Maria. Set in Ladismith in the Klein Karoo (where Andrew herself…

International Thrills: Simon Toyne

True Crime as Entertainment By Allison McKnight People are murdered every day. These deaths are often background chatter in our lives, always present, though rarely acknowledged. Until something interesting happens. Kate Miller…

Africa Scene: Mike Nicol

Nicol Hammers Home a New Hit By Michael Sears HAMMERMAN is the latest blockbuster from one of South Africa’s most talented thriller writers. Mike Nicol is a novelist and stylist, and every…

International Thrills: James Swallow

Careful What You Wish For By R.G. Belsky Bestselling author James Swallow has spent a lot of time waiting around airports. So much so, he decided to use this as inspiration for…

International Thrills: Vanessa Savage

The Fascination of Dark Tourism By Dawn Ius Vanessa Savage used to write books with an expected Happily-Ever-After—but her fascination with the darker side of humanity led her to write crime fiction.…

Africa Scene: Deon Meyer

A Well-Crafted Blend of Suspense, Culture, and Humor By Michael Sears If you’re already a fan of Deon Meyer’s Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido thrillers, you’ll be excited to learn that the…

International Thrills: Kate Quinn

A Story Begging to Be Written By Esme Addison In THE DIAMOND EYE, New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn brings us a haunting World War II story about a quiet librarian…

Africa Scene: Bryony Rheam

An Old-Fashioned Detective Story—With a Twist By Michael Sears Bryony Rheam is a Zimbabwean who lives in Bulawayo. Her debut novel This September Sun was named Best First Book in the Zimbabwe…

Africa Scene: Lauren Beukes

A Thriller with Parallels to Our Current Reality By Michael Sears Lauren Beukes shot to prominence in 2013 with her debut The Shining Girls. Before that, she was a feature journalist and…

Africa Scene: Peter Kimani

An Eye-Opening Collection Set in Nairobi By Michael Sears In their City Noir series, Akashic Books has been bringing out some eye-opening collections from Africa. The first sub-Saharan volume was Lagos Noir,…

Africa Scene: Nechama Brodie

A Gripping Fusion of Police Procedural and Thriller By Michael Sears Nechama Brodie has worked as a journalist, editor, and publisher for nearly 25 years. During this time she’s dodged the secret…

Africa Scene: Johan Jack Smith

Not Your Average Serial Killer Book By Michael Sears Johan Jack Smith’s new novel, ZOLA, starts off as a classic serial killer police procedural: the horrendous murder of a young woman, followed…

Africa Scene: Oyinkan Braithwaite

A Unique Take on the Serial Killer Formula By Michael Sears Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut, MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER, is an extraordinary novel. The premise is that two sisters are so close…

Africa Scene: Chris Abani

Lagos Featured in New City Noir Collection By Michael Sears On a recent trip to Botswana I picked up a copy of LAGOS NOIR, an anthology edited by well-known Nigerian author Chris…

Africa Scene: Louisa Treger

Turning Real Life into a Convincing Mystery By Michael Sears Louisa Treger was a classical violinist until she turned to literature and earned a doctorate in English. Her critically acclaimed debut, The…

Africa Scene: Tony Park

Strong Female Characters Drive Narrative in Park’s 16th Thriller By Michael Sears Tony Park is the acclaimed author of 16 thrillers all set in southern Africa, as well as six biographical books.…

International Thrills: Ashley Dyer

Exploring Murder as an Artform By Dawn Ius Nearly 200 years ago, Thomas De Quincey published the controversial essay “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts”—a fictional, satirical account made…

Up Close: Michael Stanley

Balancing the Line Between Fact and Fiction By Dawn Ius More than a decade has passed since Michael Stanley—pseudonym for the acclaimed writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip—published A Carrion…

Africa Scene: Max Annas

A Cheetah in Book Form By Michael Sears Max Annas is a German journalist who lived for a time in East London, a coastal city in the Eastern Cape province of South…

Africa Scene: Peter Church

Nothing as it Seems in Dark and Racy new Thriller By Michael Sears Cape Town author Peter Church’s debut Dark Video was released in 2008 and he was acclaimed as the best…

International Thrills: Harriet Tyce

Marriage, Murder, and Plenty of Questions at Heart of Thrilling Debut By Dawn Ius Harriet Tyce knew she wanted to create a character who was fully human—not only with good and bad…

The Very Least by Ken Kuhlken

By Basil Sands Ken Kuhlken’s THE VERY LEAST: A HICKEY FAMILY CRIME NOVEL, about a journalist who runs afoul of crime bosses, politicians, and tycoons on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border,…

Africa Scene: Paul Hardisty by Michael Sears

Closing The Book On A Powerful Series By Michael Sears Paul Hardisty has made a name for himself with his powerful issue-driven thrillers featuring Claymore Straker, a South African who discovered the…

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