TANNIE MARIA MYSTERY #3.
Tannie Maria, that agony aunt with rescue recipes from the Klein Karoo is back, much to my delight. She is busy with answering calls for help in her column, with suitable recipes and advice of the heart via the stomach, when a feisty investigative journalist, Zaba Kani, roars up on her Ducati bike. It is soon evident that she is in danger, so Tannie Maria lets her hole up at her own home, inexplicably drawn to the woman. Another colleague joins them, but before long the journalists are threatened and attacked.
Tannie Maria’s boyfriend, Lieutenant Henk Kannemeyer is not happy when Maria not only helps Zaba, but agrees to go off on a road trip with her all the way to the Limpopo River on the far border of the country where they hope to find answers to some heavily guarded political as well as personal secrets. Quite rightly so, because the dangers are frequent and harrowing, but Maria is too stubborn to allow Henk to persuade her to turn around.
Okay, that’s the gist of the plot, but the mouthwatering nosh consumed all through the narrative has one drooling all over the pages, and maybe the recipes at the end are just as finger-lickingly exciting as the nail-biting finale.
There is a delightful sprinkle of tongue-in-cheek humour that further adds spice to an already delectable dish.
If you are having your first nibble on this delightful series, here is my taste of Tannie Maria and The Satanic Mechanic:
Thanks to Sally and Penguin Random House SA for this UMUZI imprint ARC.