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Soon online – Deadly, dangerous, dazzling: the allure of South African crime fiction

April 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


You can’t see Natalie Conyer, LA Larkin and Malla Nunn in the flesh but you can meet them on YouTube on Saturday 25 April.  Details will also be sent to members and supporters via the e-newsletter, A Stab in the Dark, on Sunday 26 April.

Deadly, dangerous, dazzling: the Allure of South African Crime, originally scheduled as a Gleebooks event on 23 April, is also the official launch of the newly-established Sisters in Crime NSW Chapter.

Convenor Catherine du Peloux Menagé will  introduce the event, which will see authors L A Larkin and Natalie Conyer in conversation with Malla Nunn.

Deadly, dangerous, dazzling? What drew Larkin, Conyer and Nunn to set crime-thrillers in Africa? These Sydney Sisters in Crime will discuss their story locations, their characters and their inspiration.

In L A Larkin’s new 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.

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. It was The Pick of the Week for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald in January on 25 January.

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. Her debut adult novel, A Beautiful Place to Die, won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Fiction in 2009.

All books are available from Gleebooks online.

Click here to contact the NSW Chapter of Sisters in Crime.