Popular African Crime Books

Find crime books written by authors from Africa for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge. (8)


Addis Ababa Noir by ed. Maaza Mengiste EN

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Country: Africa / Ethiopia flag Ethiopia
Addis Ababa is a sprawling melting pot of cultures where rich and poor live side by side in relative harmony--until they don't.


African Psycho : A Novel by Alain Mabanckou EN

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Country: Africa / Congo flag Congo
Gregoire Nakobomayo has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine. However, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation. Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far more accomplished serial killer Angoualima. The fact that he is dead doesn't prevent Gregoire from talking with him.


Lightseekers by Femi Kayode EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Selected as a Best Crime Novel of the Month by The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Observer, Financial Times and Irish Times. Waterstones Thriller of the Month 'Lightseekers is the type of detective crime thriller that should be on everyone's shelves' Dorothy Koomson, author of My Other Husband 'A fast-paced thriller that offers insight into the ever present tensions in a poverty stricken community. An action-packed and spirited debut' Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, the Serial Killer Winner of the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize, Lightseekers is the start of a major new cri... continue


Present Darkness : A Novel by Malla Nunn EN

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Country: Africa / Eswatini flag Swaziland
A tale set in the harsh world of apartheid South Africa finds Detective Emmanuel Cooper cancelling his holiday plans to learn the truth about his best friend's wrongful murder charge by a high-profile white teen, a case that pits him against violent gangs and corrupt government officials. By the author of A Beautiful Place to Die. Original.


The Girl on the Train : A Novel by Paula Hawkins EN

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Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives, from the author of Into the Water and A Slow Fire Burning. “Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair “The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times “Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised b... continue

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith EN

Rating: 4     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and its proprietor, Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe—with help from her loyal associate, Grace Makutsi—navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, good humor, and the occasional cup of tea. This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in thei... continue


Zoo City by Lauren Beukes EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things. To save herself, she's got to find the hardest thing of all: The truth.