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Natalie Conyer and I talk to Malla Nunn on why our crime novels are set in South Africa

April 27, 2020

I was proud to launch the New South Wales chapter of Sisters in Crime with this online event: Deadly, Dangerous, Dazzling – the allure of South African crime fiction. Convener Catherine du Peloux Menagé welcomed viewers and introduced the panel: me, Natalie Conyer and Malla Nunn. In it we discuss our story locations, characters and inspiration.

In my latest thriller, Prey, journalist Olivia Wolfe must unravel the terrible secret that connects a British Cabinet minister, a Vietnamese billionaire, and a poor South African teacher to a series of gruesome murders. Wolfe is in a country she doesn’t know and surrounded by enemies. Who can she trust when her life depends on it?

Natalie Conyer’s debut crime novel, Present Tense, is set in Cape Town. It’s a hard-boiled police procedural about an ordinary cop trying to find his way in a thrilling and dangerous country.

Malla Nunn is the author of four internationally published adult crime novels set in 1950s Apartheid South Africa. Her debut YA novel, When the Ground is Hard, is set in a Swaziland boarding school where two girls of different castes bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre.

Copies of our novels have been stocked by Gleebooks in Glebe, NSW. This wonderful bookstore was going to host this event until Covid-19 hit. They are offering pick up and free delivery to the Inner West of Sydney.

If you would like to join the NSW chapter of Sisters In Crime Australia, please contact:

Catherine du Peloux Menagé
0412 517 885
nsw@sistersincrime.org.au

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