#2 in series

Death in the Rainy Season

Book 2 in the series

4 based on 52 ratings & 23 reviews on Goodreads.com
Mantle

Publication date: 09.04.2015
ISBN: 9781447244462
Number of pages: 0

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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The story is told from multiple points of view, including that of the killer and those involved in the crime, resulting in a view of Quercy as both hero and villain. With a fine sense of place, some excellent characters and complex plotting, this is a beautifully crafted crime novel and compelling read.
Choice
One of my most eagerly anticipated reads this year . . . I thoroughly enjoyed being reunited with Morel having loved Book 1 - The Lying-Down Room . . . One of the things I appreciate most about the author's writing style is the way she slowly builds up background and atmosphere with all the characters and weaves them into an intricate plot. This makes her books irresistible and addictive (this is me trying to avoid the word unputdownable) . . . I know I won't be the only reader impatiently awaiting the next instalment.
TraceyBookLover
A beautifully crafted story full of layers which we have to peel away to discover exactly what has happened and who the murderer is. With beautifully formed characters which and are both fascinating and intelligent you really cannot go wrong. This book certainly gives some insight in to some of the darker and seedier aspects of life, giving us an insight both in to life in France and Cambodia; making for a truly fascinating and compelling read'
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