The Satanic Mechanic

The Satanic Mechanic

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Tannie Maria, recipe writer turned crime fighter, writes the love advice and recipe column for the Klein Karoo Gazette: words of wisdom for the lovelorn, along with a recipe for something helpful and delicious. But Maria has a problem of her own. Her relationship with the rugged detective Henk Kannemeyer is still haunted by the memory of her abusive late husband, so she decides to check out a counseling group run by a man they call the Satanic Mechanic. Then a local land-rights activist is murdered--poisoned before her eyes--and Tannie Maria's quest for healing takes a more investigative turn. Which means her relationship with Henk is about to get professional. And more important, very complicated.

There is no shortage of conundrums personal and investigative for an amateur sleuth to confront in this delightful, warm-hearted sequel to Sally Andrew's Recipes for Love and Murder. Blending a madcap mystery with lovable characters in the beautiful setting of South Africa's rural Klein Karoo, Sally Andrew really does have the perfect recipe for a crime series.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062397690
Branch Call Number: FIC Andre
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm.

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elizabetsyr
Aug 19, 2017

I picked this one up by name. I enjoy mysteries and in a foriegn country I thought I would also learn new things. This is true, including learning some Africaan which is scattered liberally throughout (I kept a translation app open for that). I liked the characters. I enjoyed the sdifferent cultural feeling, however, there is a component of PTSD and a group sharing their experiences as a healing process. The vivid descriptions, through the stories told, of terrorism, torture, and death were very hard to read. I know these things are real, but one isn't often faced wiht an individual character relating their own story so graphically and so painfully. Be aware

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m0k1m3
Jul 15, 2017

What a wonderful surprise this book was! I read murder mysteries - they are my go-to-bed-relaxers. I generally read cozys or, at least, women (not so likely to be gory). Just grabbed this off the shelf -woman, humorous cover - okay. It is a treat on so many levels - language, culture, food/recipes and most of all - the psychology of it all --- pure magic.

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