The Artful Egg

The Artful Egg Naomi Stride was a wealthy woman and her death has left several people richer none so than her twenty six year old son Theo with whom she had long had bitter differences over money She was also a co

  • Title: The Artful Egg
  • Author: James McClure
  • ISBN: 9781555040116
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • Naomi Stride was a wealthy woman, and her death has left several people richer none so than her twenty six year old son Theo, with whom she had long had bitter differences over money She was also a controversial woman, a writer whose novels had been banned in South Africa But was it for money, politics, or some other unknown reason that she was killed And why was hNaomi Stride was a wealthy woman, and her death has left several people richer none so than her twenty six year old son Theo, with whom she had long had bitter differences over money She was also a controversial woman, a writer whose novels had been banned in South Africa But was it for money, politics, or some other unknown reason that she was killed And why was her naked corpse strewn with flowers and herbs These are the questions South African Lieutenant Tromp Kramer and his Zulu partner, Mickey Zondi, must answer But this task becomes much difficult when Kramer is unexpectedly taken off the case Ordered by his superiors to discreetly wrap up a fatal accident that could be embarrassing for the South African police, he is plunged into a second investigation, and fighting to keep it free of political whitewash, he and Zondi find themselves moving inexorably toward a haunting and horrifying climax.

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    1. I've read all of it, and still haven't caught the title reference. As far as I know, there is no egg, artful or otherwise, in the novel, though there are plenty of artforms: drama, novel, sculpture, painting, danceMuch better than the preceding installment, it's a good, fast-paced yarn. A banned author is found stabbed in her own home, naked and surrounded by flowers. Whodunit, why dunit, and why dunit like that? A day or two later, a retired SAP officer's wife is found dead in her shower. Was i [...]

    2. Our intrepid officers of SAPD of Trekkersberg are back on the case, or here two cases. A woman who is famous as an author is found dead next to her pool. She was supposed to be in London to receive an award. The first problem for the Police is that all of her books had been banned by the Apartheid government. The second is that the murder weapon was a sword (or more precisely a foil). On her typewriter, at the end of the last page she had been working on is typed, “ II ii “. There are little [...]

    3. The Artful Egg by James McClure was an accidental discovery. I have one of his non-fiction books on my shelf, but didn't know he wrote mysteries. The setting is South Africa in the 1980's. A woman writer has been murdered. Lt. Tromp Kramer, a white man, and his partner, Zulu officer Zondi must fight their way through a cast of incompetent characters to find the killer. The egregious treatment of non-whites is as much a part of this tale as is the crime. McClure manages to paint a picture of the [...]

    4. I really don't know what to think of this book. I started reading it three times before I finished it. Not because it was a bad book, but because it wasn't a "can't put it down" book, and it was an e-library book. That meant I could only borrow it for two weeks at a time, and then had to return it through , then re-check it out, and re-borrow it through . So, while I was reading it, I was really enjoying it, but I didn't enjoy it enough to hurry and finish it during the loan period. That said, I [...]

    5. Set in South Africa, this Kramer/Zondi novel concerns the murder of a prominent woman novelist who while much admired abroad, is banned from publishing under Apartheid. Her body is initially discovered by a young postman of Indian background, who is portrayed as almost idiotic or delusional. His own family despise him, so the portrayal can't be construed as stereotypical Asian-bashing. The book contains some characters from artistic and bohemiam circles, and has a very exciting finish. Like McCl [...]

    6. Fascinating thriller from deep within the apartheid era. A seditious little tale that places its two heroes into an Agatha Christie type of puzzle set in South Africa. The sedition comes from the relationship between the white detective Kramer and his black sergeant Zondi. Not quite equals - Zondi is definitely the sidekick - and couldn't be in that era in South Africa's troubled past but their working relationship is a solid one where each respects the other in a way that is contrasted with the [...]

    7. James McClure's detective books are set in Pietermaritzburg in Apartheid South Africa, featuring two policemen, Kramer and Zondi. The plots are OK, and the writing not bad, what is excellent, though, is how they capture the zeitgeist.The relationship between the white Afrikaans Kramer, and the black Zulu Zondi is brilliantly explored. The town, too, appears almost as a character.

    8. A clever plot with interesting twists told in a "South African dialect". Possibly non-South Africans would miss or not appreciate some of the humor.

    9. Fine plot, lots of 'male thoughts' (sex), like the plot & cast, not the sex thoughts so much. I think it hampers the plot — just an opinion. Forewarned is forearmed.

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