Popular African Mystery Books

Find mystery books written by authors from Africa for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge. (17)

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A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Eswatini flag Swaziland
Description:
Jacob's Rest, a tiny town on the border between South Africa and Mozambique, 1952. An Afrikaner police officer is found dead. Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, begins investigating the murder following a trail of clues that lead him to uncover as

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Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
Description:
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. It seems that nothing will fill the emptiness that her strange death leaves behind in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father. Until Mona. When Nuri first sees Mona, sitting in her bright yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina holiday resort, the rest of the world vanishes. But it is Nuri's father with whom Mona falls in love and who she will eventually marry. And their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he longs to get his father out of the way. However, Nuri will soon regret what he wished for. And, as he and his stepmother's w... continue


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Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Description:
The heroine in this actor's tour-de-force is an ordinary middle class English housewife. As she prepares egg and chips for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for romance and adventure. Ultimately, Shirley does escape to Greece, has an "adventure" with a local fisherman and decides to stay. This hilariously engaging play was a hit in London and New York, performed by Pauline Collins, who later recreated her role on film garnering an Oscar nomination.


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My Sister, the Serial Killer : A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite EN

Rating: 4     46 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
"Slasher meets satire in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--

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Ramata by Abasse Ndione ES

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Country: Africa / Senegal flag Senegal
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Ramata, la bella esposa del todopoderoso ministro de Justicia de Senegal, acude al hospital Le Dantec, en Dakar, donde, tras una serie de incidentes, acaba provocando la muerte del portero de la Maternidad, Ngor Ndong. La corrupción policial y política pr

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Tears of the Giraffe

Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
Description:
THE SECOND BOOK IN THE BELOVED NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES The one where Precious gains a new family . . . Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is hoping to set up home with Mr J.L.B. Maketoni. But first she must deal with his scheming, misbehaving maid. She also has to confront the most difficult case of her career so far: that of an American who went missing ten years ago, and about whom all leads have long since dried up. Then there are not one, but two sudden additions to Mma's family . . .

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The book of Memory by Petina Gappah EN

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Country: Africa / Zimbabwe flag Zimbabwe
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In The Book of Memory, an albino woman named Memory is languishing in a maximum security prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been tried and convicted of murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened; that is, the events that led to the killing of her adoptive father, Lloyd Hendricks. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers? Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between past and present, the 2009 Guardian First Book Award–winning ... continue

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The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed EN

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Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2021 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2022 'Chilling and utterly compelling, The Fortune Men shines an essential light on a much-neglected period of our national life' Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff's Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen and Jewish families. He is a father, chancer, some-time petty thief. He is many things, in fact, but he is not a murderer. So when a shopkeeper is brutally killed and all e... continue