When her bosses instructs the editor of a newspaper serving the Klein Karoo in South Africa to add an advice column she had a small problem. The only possible way to include one was to replace the recipe column written by her friend, Tannie Maria. Fortunately the kind and intelligent Tannie Maria agrees to take on the role of Agony Aunt. She answers a couple of letters each week. She strongly believes in the power of good home cooking so she slips in an appropriate recipe too.
Her advice to a battered woman to leave her abusive husband inadvertently and indirectly leads to one, maybe two murders. Tannie Maria and the reporter on the newspaper (who is keen to be an investigative journalist) look into the circumstances, taking a quite different approach from the police.
The landscape, vegetation and wildlife are economically and beautifully described, making it easy to visualise this exotic setting. As bonus, we are given the recipes featured in the story. A delight!
Author: Sally Andrew Reviewed by Christine O, Takapuna Library. Christine O has worked in North Shore libraries for over 20 years. She likes her fiction to be credible and her nonfiction to be accessible.