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Blood Rose (Clare Hart #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  125 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A breathtaking, atmospheric thriller and a stunning return for investigator Dr Clare Hart. The gruesome murder of a homeless teenage boy suggests a methodical serial killer is at work in Walvis Bay, a depressed port, isolated in the vast sweep of the Namib Desert. It is a corrupt, claustrophobic place with a shifting population of people who came here only because they had ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Atlantic (first published 2006)
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Jayne Bauling
Jul 07, 2012 Jayne Bauling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of Orford's Clare Hart thrillers that I've read, and the best yet. She's an author you can count on to deliver. Blood Rose is typically atmospheric, the evocative setting heightening the sense of menace that is one of Orford's trademarks.

Walvis Bay, the Namib Desert, fogs, winds, burning heat and old and dirty secrets - all contribute to the suspense, as a series of homeless boys' murdered bodies are discovered.

Then there is the charged relationship between Hart and Riedwaan Fa
Dec 20, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, part of the Clare Hart series, Clare Hart is called to act as profiler in a murder case in Walvis Bay. Two murdered teenage boys are found and Clare Hart needs to solve the mystery.

Similar to the other books in the Clare Hart series, this book is full of suspense. I found the other books in the series better, but maybe because they were set in Cape Town and surrounds which is more familiar to me than Walvis Bay. I also found the ending a bit blunt without explaining all the plots w
Digamos de entrada que los principales propagandistas del género pólicíaco son sus mismo autores. No abandonan para nada la zona confortable de sus relatos tremendistas, horrorizantes y adjetivos similares. Ahí entramos los lectores. Eso de la tensión narrativa, ese ocultar a lo largo de la narración datos para conservar el llamado interés ya me resultan un tanto, digámoslo sin tapujos, aburrido. Pero el talento palabrero, la secuencia lógica del transcurrir en tiempo y espacio de las acciones e ...more
Rachel Nowakowski
I do love these characters. This one definitely focussed on the female perspective in contrast to the last book. I have a soft spot for Riedwaan and so glad he came into the story halfway through. It is difficult to read about the way human life, especially that of children, is treated so lightly, but Margie Orford writes sensitively about this subject and brings it right to our attention.
South African crime writer Margie Orford is a new favorite of mine. This is the second mystery of hers I have read. The first one was set in Cape Town and this one in Namibia. Each one involved Dr. Clare Hart, profiler of serial killers.

The narrative itself is well told. I was engaged to piece together the crime and to see how all of the pieces came together. I also enjoyed the characters, including Clare Hart.

If you know South/ern Africa, you will appreciate the details of place in this book. I
Apr 06, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Clare Hart series. She goes to another part of Africa to help solve serial murders of children. it kind of reminds me of Law and Order SVU with an international flair. Well written, and a good mystery.
An interesting read, written by a South African writer. Dr. Clare Hart, a police profiler goes to Walvis Bay to help find the killer of four homeless boys. The sad life of this isolated town is vividly described and the people she meets, from a very pregnant local police officer to the orphans of the town are engaging, she also keeps you fascinated with her description of the slowly disappearing native culture to the desert. Unfortunately for me it is yet another Aids story woven into a otherwis ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Cant wait to get into her other books...
Jul 18, 2012 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I just love Margie Orford's style - great romping good reads..
This one is no exception - a page turner and some interesting historical notes and social history. This is my 2nd Clare Hart book - although the stories are faultless, the endings aren't quite as slick. However, this doesnt detract from Orford's genius as a story teller - she has to be one of the world's best crime writers - keep them coming!
Judith Klinger
Nov 16, 2015 Judith Klinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rock solid detective thriller. Set in South Africa, the omnipresent violence is a character unto itself. Addictive.
Apr 03, 2011 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only the 2nd of her novels that I have read and have to confess to enjoying it immensely.
Written by a Namibian and set in Namibia it was brought to life with great descriptions of the countryside/Namib. It is another Dr Clare Hart novel where she is still involved with Capt Riedwaan Faizal of SAPS.

Arja Salafranca
Feb 12, 2012 Arja Salafranca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Clare Hart is back in the second crime thriller to feature this feisty documentary-maker and police profiler. Set in Namibia, where Orford herself grew up. Blood Rose delivers a read that is thrilling and satisfying.
Kathy Manten
Jun 09, 2012 Kathy Manten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great characters. Lovely, concise descriptions of the areas in which the story was set.
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Margie Orford is a journalist, film director and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books.

She was born in London and grew up in Namibia and South Africa, studying at UCT where she wrote her final exams in prison while detained during the State of Emergency. After travelling widely, she did an honours degree at UCT, then worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia,
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