by Andrew Brown (Random House Struik, R180)
The mutilated body of a Muslim boy is found in a synagogue. Inspector Eberard Februarie is called in to investigate what looks like a ritual sacrifice.
As news of the murder gets out, religious violence in Cape Town escalates and threatens everyone.
Eberard suspects that the case is not as clear cut as it seems and he is in a race to solve the murder before all hell breaks loose.
The story moves from forensic lab to drug house, from church office to street demonstration, as the case takes unpredictable and violent twists.
Eric the Brave
by Johann Vlok Louw (Umuzi, R175)
Set during the Border War between the SA Defence Force and Swapo, this is the story of Eric Gardner, a soldier who is part of a platoon guarding a remote outpost near the Namibian/ Angolan border.
The tension of an approaching battle is mounting at camp and when Eric engages in bush warfare in Angola he soon learns it is not clear who the enemy really is.
by Robert Goddard (Random House Struik, R215)
A dead friend, a lost lover and many other mysteries pepper Jonathan Kellaway’s past.
When his employer queries the gaping holes in his records, Jonathan embarks on a mission to fill in the blanks and find answers to the tragedies of his past.
But his search for the missing documents that are the key to his past also becomes a voyage into dangerous waters – a voyage others have died on.
Armed with a determination to get to the truth in spite of the dangers, Jonathan has to stay alive at all cost.
Memories at Low Altitude
by Jacinto Veloso (Zebra Press, R220)
Jacinto Veloso participated in the Mozambican liberation struggle and served on Samora Machel’s cabinet after independence.
His story covers many fascinating aspects, including the conflict between Renamo and Frelimo and the airplane crash in which Machel was killed.
This is a story of war and peace in Mozambique and beyond – extending into Angola and Namibia.
It spans four decades and offers insights from a man who lived through it all.
Keith Kirsten’s Garden Plants & Flowers
by Keith Kirsten (Struik Lifestyle, R190)
This book is a directory of trees, shrubs and flowering plants that are ideal to grow in South African gardens. This updated edition includes new species and hybrids.
On Safari: Desert, River, Bushveld
by Nadine Clarke (Struik Nature, R190)
This book comprises three lively children’s nature guides and brings together information, images, games and activities for young readers.
It brings to life important southern African natural habitats, and will engage young readers from beginning to end. - Meneesha Govender