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Contemporary Lit | Planning > Contemporary: Mystery & Thriller (Sep 2012)

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message 1: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Please suggest books for this genre. Remember that the author must be African. Setting does not matter.


message 2: by Nina (new)

Nina Chachu | 205 comments Malla Nunn's novels, including A Beautiful Place To Die, Let The Dead Lie and Blessed Are The Dead.

Kwei Quartey's Inspector Darko series: Wife of the Gods: A Novel and Children of the Street.

No doubt I will think of others!


message 3: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments Nairobi Heat by Nukoma wa Ngugi


message 4: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments Bloody Harvest by Richard Kunzmann
Death of the Mantis - Michael Stanley


message 5: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Is Oil on Water considered mystery/thriller?

Please do think of more!


message 6: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments Marieke wrote: "Is Oil on Water considered mystery/thriller?

Please do think of more!"


No it is not - it is contemporary.
Earlier this evening Goodreads was acting crazy on me.
I will re-enter my suggestions in the morning.
Sorry about that


message 7: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
i was having a lot of trouble getting into GR, too. No worries.


message 8: by Nina (new)

Nina Chachu | 205 comments Mixed Blood: A Thriller andWake Up Dead: A Thriller, by Roger Smith (South African)


message 9: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments Beverly wrote: "Nairobi Heat by Nukoma wa Ngugi"

I think we read that as part of the contemporary lit book club some time this year... otherwise it'd fit perfectly! :)


message 10: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments Anything by Deon Meyer would fit the bill as well.


message 12: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
hmmm...Muphyn, is the Michael Sears part of Michael Stanley actually South African or is he just living there right now? hmmm and maybe the Stanley part is originally South AFrican but just living in Minneapolis? i'm not sure..


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Muphyn | 816 comments Marieke wrote: "hmmm...Muphyn, is the Michael Sears part of Michael Stanley actually South African or is he just living there right now? hmmm and maybe the Stanley part is originally South AFrican but just living ..."

Yeah, that's what I couldn't work out either. Perhaps best excluded since it's a bit unclear??


message 14: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Muphyn wrote: "Marieke wrote: "hmmm...Muphyn, is the Michael Sears part of Michael Stanley actually South African or is he just living there right now? hmmm and maybe the Stanley part is originally South AFrican ..."

i think so...especially since we have plenty to choose from. we will only be reading two books from this genre (if i'm remembering the plan correctly!)


message 15: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments No worries, let's do that. :)


message 16: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
In June we will read our first selection for Mystery/Thriller. Here are the top 5 from the random list generator, which I will put into a poll:

Bloody Harvests
Let The Dead Lie
Blessed Are The Dead
Jaime Bunda, Secret Agent: Story of Various Mysteries
A Beautiful Place To Die


message 17: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments Woohoo, great selection!


message 18: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
WE HAD A TIE!

So I'm going to include both of the titles as our official selection and see how that works, since it is now June 1.


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