|DEATH BY CARBS by Paige Nick|
|Hilarious who-dunnit by one of South Africa’s best comic writers. Banting guru Dr Tim Noakes *(b.t.w. he’s a real, live resident of Cape Town, even as I type) is murdered by a hitman – chaos ensues when the ambulance conveying the body to the mortuary is hijacked by two incompetent bad guys and thereafter mayhem compounds with every page – jealous co-authors of a banting book; fervent Facebook banting fans; a back-sliding banting CEO; adultery; bribery; conspiracy – just another normal day in sunny South Africa, but elevated by the fact there’s a laugh on every page. And well done, Paige: I’m dying (not lit! ) to read your next novel.
*P.S. When interviewed by the local press on how it felt to be the body in a murder mystery, Dr Noakes was a good sport, and laughed about his new-found fame as a corpse.”Give that man a Bell’s” – South Africans will understand the joke; but I’m not sure it’s allowed on the banting regime …
VIGILANTE – by Shelley Harris
What stuck-in-a-rut wife/mother/McJob worker woman doesn’t fantasize about another version of her life where she’s bold, powerful, adventurous ? Read this unusual novel about a woman who acts out her fantasy as a caped crusader, rescuing teen age girls from a serial rapist. We can do it, ladies! Recommended.
THE ALTOGETHER UNEXPECTED DISAPPEARANCE OF ATTICUS CRAFTSMAN – by Mamen Sánchez
Quirky fun novel, translated from Spanish. It’s the stereotypically eccentric, cold British v.s. the loud, passionate Spanish. A big mystery, a little crime, colourful characters, romance – a quick easy read. I enjoyed the book.