Death in the Rainy Season – Anna Jaquiery
Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found brutally murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt. Quercy – dynamic, well-connected – was the magnetic head of a humanitarian organisation which looked after the area’s neglected youth.
Opening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yet. Morel must navigate this complex and politically sensitive crime in a country with few forensic resources, and armed with little more than a series of perplexing questions: what was Quercy doing in a hotel room under a false name? What is the significance of his recent investigations into land grabs in the area? And who could have broken into his home the night of the murder?
The lovely Sam Eades sent me this book – she is the master of all things crime at Pan Macmillan.
It was a little different from what I usually read, but I was intrigued to get started.
The book itself was easy to get into and the storyline flowed easily. The characters were easy to keep up with and overall it was a very well-paced read.
The details around the murder that took place were described brilliantly, and went into just the right depth. It wasn’t too gory, nor was it too vague about exactly what had happened.
The characters were easy to relate to, and I enjoyed how different and dynamic they all were. They had been written brilliantly, and I kept having to remind myself I wasn’t reading about real people.
Despite this not being the sort of novel I would pick up, I did find it interesting reading about something set in a country I wouldn’t typically read about, Cambodia. Now, I’m not adverse to reading stories set in other countries, not at all, I just find I enjoy stories better when they are set in landscapes I am familiar with, or that I have a deep-rooted understanding of.
Unfortunately, I have only given this book 3 stars, but this is not to say it is a bad book, this rating is purely based on my opinion of the book, and sadly it wasn’t my cup of tea overall. This is not to say, by any means, that other people wouldn’t enjoy it – I would certainly recommend this to people who I know would have an interest in it, it just wasn’t to my taste, hence the rating I have given it.