Thursday 16 April 2015

Review: Death in the Rainy Season by Anna Jaquiery

Death in the Rainy Season by Anna Jaquiery
Release date: 9 April 2015
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found brutally murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt. Quercy - dynamic, well-connected - was the magnetic head of a humanitarian organisation which looked after the area's neglected youth. Opening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yet. Morel must navigate this complex and politically sensitive crime in a country with few forensic resources, and armed with little more than a series of perplexing questions: what was Quercy doing in a hotel room under a false name? What is the significance of his recent investigations into land grabs in the area? And who could have broken into his home the night of the murder? Contd...

Death in the Rainy Season is Anna Jaquiery's second novel featuring the French detective Serge Morel. A detective whom I absolutely adore!

Death in the Rainy Season is a beautifully written crime novel. Is there such a thing as literary crime fiction? If not, I think there should be.

Morel is on holiday in Cambodia when Hugo Quercy is found dead in a hotel room. As the deceased is of French origin with family of political importance back in France, Morel is called in to investigate.

Reluctant at first, Morel soon realises that the Cambodian Police are largely incompetent and almost certainly corrupt, so he sets about the investigation with a quite lone determination, calling upon others only when strictly neccessary.

Morel uses his skill as a detective to form relationships and get to know those that were close to Hugo; the picture they paint of the deceased is not a particularly favourable one. It seems that it would almost be easier to ask who didn't kill Hugo, than who did?

One thing I did miss slightly in this novel was the presense of Lila, Morel's colleague back in the French police. I appreciate it would be unrealistic to have her fly over to get involved with the investigation, but I just loved their relationship so much the first time around.

I don't want to say too much more, as I want you to read this one for yourselves. Death in the Rainy Season is another brilliant novel by Anna Jaquiery and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for Serge Morel next.

I am pleased to announce that I will be taking part in the Death in the Rainy Season blog tour on Friday 17th April:


Death in the Rainy Season is available to buy now from Amazon online and all good book shops.

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Thank you to Sam Eades at Pan Macmillan who sent me an advanced proof of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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