Death in the Rainy Season

Anna Jaquiery

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21 April 2016
352 pages

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.

Even more compelling than her impressive debut The Lying Down Room . . . Cambodia is evoked with stunning delicacy, humidity seems to pour from every page and the engaging Morel is emerging as a detective the great Aurelio Zen would admire . . . Jaquiery may just be on her way to assuming the mantle of the much-missed Michael Dibdin

Daily Mail

Another beautifully written crime novel with a decidedly intriguing main protagonist at the heart of it all . . . . There are a lot of things to love about this story - not the least of which is the absolutely evocative sense of place Anna Jaquiery brings to her stories . . . There are some beautifully drawn characters, the mystery itself is intelligent and evocative . . . Overall then a most terrific read. Definitely highly recommended for fans of literary crime stories.


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.