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What Hidden Lies (Persy Jonas #1)

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When Detective Persephone (Persy) Jonas is forced to work with retired criminal psychologist Dr Marge Labuschagne to solve the murder of a suspected sex offender, suspicion and distrust threaten to derail the investigation. Persy believes the killer is her childhood sweetheart, now turned vicious gangster; Marge is sure the answer lies in the victim's shady past.

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Paperback, 347 pages
Published June 2013 by Penguin Books (South Africa)
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Stephen Hayes
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A South African whodunit.

I've read lots of British and Swedish whodunits. I've read several whodunits set in the USA and Norway, and a few set in Denmark, Greece and Turkey. But it doesn't seem to be a popular genre with South African writers. So I enjoyed this one, and not just because it was set in South Africa, but because it was a pretty good specimen of the genre.

The protagonist, Detective Sergeant (or is it Constable? she seems to get promoted without explanation in the first couple of c
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read by this author and I think it will also be my last. The writing style is not really to my liking. The whole thing was filled up with so much stuff I had problems to filter out what was important to the main story line. All these developments that in the end weren't really important to the crime took away from my reading fun and made it quite some work to finish.

Shelagh P.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review from my blog: The Word Fiend

Rating: 8

The opening chapters of this debut novel won Michéle Rowe the 2011 CWA (Crime Writers Association) Debut Dagger Award and I can see why. This is crime writing just the way I like it – smart, pacy and character-driven.

The cover for What Hidden Lies is very much in line with the current style in crime fiction – moody with large print that catches the eye. The image of a lone figure walking along a beach with dark clouds hovering above has been chosen to
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa, crime, book-2016
Brilliant first novel from a scriptwriter who obviously knows her trade.
Apart from a solid if not revolutionary plot, Michele Rowe portrays with subtlety two very different women: a young agressive coloured cop full of material/racial insecurities and a 50-ish white shrink, divorced, a control-freak mother with difficulties to cut the umbilical cord with her youngest son and face the changes in her life. Fascinating, realistic and well defined different women working together on a case and no,
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was expecting too much from this book and I ended up being disappointed...
The two main protagonists were (imho) equally hard to like, and the investigation felt blurry, far-fetched and tedious.
The third point of interest of this book - the depiction of south-african society - was indeed delivered and it was truly interesting, but I feel i could have gotten the same level of insight by reading or watching a documentary.
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was the first for me by the Michele Rowe. I hope I do not have to wait long for the next book.
An einem Strandabschnitt südwestlich von Kapstadt wird ein Toter gefunden. Die zuständige Abteilung der südafrikanischen Kriminalpolizei zeigt sich bei den Ermittlungen wenig motiviert. Detective Sergeant Persephone Jonas, schwarz, jung und ehrgeizig, würde gern die Ermittlungen leiten, wenn man sie nur ließe. Persy will in ihrem von Männern dominierten Team endlich ernstgenommen und nicht mehr als schwarze Quotenfrau belächelt werden. Als Partner bei den Ermittlungen drückt ihr Chef ihr den ver ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shew, I had actually forgotten I had this book, it took me so long to get around to reading it (having a Kindle will do that to regular books). I bought this ages ago at the Bloody Book Week event we went to.

I wasn't so sure about this book when I started it ... I know it sounds strange, but the title annoys me. It feels incomplete. What Hidden Lies ... Beneath? I know it's supposed to be lies, the noun, but when you read it, it sounds like it is a verb and there should be another word or two th
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai trouvé un peu rebutant l'obligation d'aller à la fin du livre pour trouver la traduction de certaines expressions. J'ai cependant beaucoup aimé l'intrigue, en espérant que nous reverrons la policière et la psy dans d'autres enquêtes! ...more
Penny de Vries
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
what a find! if you're a lover of SA Crime Fiction, this is a must read ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'écriture rend très palpable la difficulté de vivre en Afrique du Sud pour la majorité de la population.

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May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had mixed feelings about this book. The story held together but I found all the racial adjectives & stereotyping really offensive.
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