African mysteries & thrillers worth reading
Here’s our choice of the best African Noir Thrillers and why we chose them. Take a look:
Michael writes a monthly column Africa Scene in the International Thriller Writers emagazine The Big Thrill in which he interviews a contemporary writer who is African or whose setting is Africa.
Book of the Month
The Eye of the Beholder by Margie Orford is a stunner – Ian Rankin said “As powerful as it is elegant – it grips like a vice”. You can find out more about the book and read an interview with Margie at: https://www.thebigthrill.org/2022/10/africa-scene-margie-orford/
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One of the earliest writers of mysteries set in Africa was Elspeth Huxley (of Flame Trees of Thika fame). She wrote three mysteries in the 1930s.
- Murder at Government House (1937)
- Murder on Safari (1938)
- Death of an Aryan (USA); The African Poison Murders (1939)
James McClure was a South African journalist who left his homeland for the United Kingdom because of apartheid. He wrote a wonderful series featuring Afrikaner Lieutenant Tromp Kramer and Zulu Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi. Several of his books were banned in South Africa because this police team was multi-racial.
- The Steam Pig (1971)
- The Caterpillar Cop (1972)
- The Gooseberry Fool (1974)
- Snake (1975)
- The Sunday Hangman (1977)
- The Blood of an Englishman (1980)
- The Artful Egg (1984)
He also wrote a delightful thriller set in Lesotho.
- Rogue Eagle (1976)