Released on 09 April 2015.

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Death in the Rainy Season

4 based on 54 ratings & 23 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

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?
Becoming increasingly drawn into Quercy's circle of family and friends - his adoring widow, his devoted friends and bereft colleagues - Commandant Morel will soon discover that in this lush land of great beauty and immense darkness, nothing is quite as it seems . . .
A deeply atmospheric crime novel that bristles with truth and deception, secrets and lies: Death in the Rainy Season is a compelling mystery that unravels an exquisitely wrought human tragedy.

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This extremely gripping second crime novel by this new author is very well plotted and very atmospheric . . . The Lying-Down Room, her lauded debut novel, was the first in a series to feature Commandant Serge Morel. Death in the Rainy Season is her second novel. She writes her beautiful novel in a literary and very atmospheric style with very detailed descriptions that really capture what she is describing exactly in one's minds eye. I absolutely loved reading this story which I recommend extremely highly.
Eurocrime
Concentrating on the relationships between variously troubled characters in a fascinating ex-pat setting, this mystery novel also gives an atmospheric picture of modern Cambodia.
Morning Star
A neat and conventional murder mystery, rendered fascinating by its vivid description of life in contemporary Phnom Penh.
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