Love and murder on th high seas. A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys sees Lily Shepherd boarding an ocean liner, leaving England and a life of drudgery for a new life in Australia. She’s instantly seduced by life crusing life … all cocktails and black tie balls, beautiful sunsets and rich people. But not everyone is as they seem, and by the time the boat docks, wto passengers are dead and war has been declared. A big read for a lazy weekend. Penguin.
Classical. Jazz. Punk. If it’s vinyl, Frank sells it in his music shop, where day after day he finds his customers the music they need. When he meets Ilsa Brauchmann, no ear for music, engaged to another man and way above him, he falls in love, and he takes her on a journey through music. She breaks his heart, but 12 years later she returns to find him. The shop, and Frank, has gone … all that remains is a series of musical clues. Rachel Joyce’s The Music Shop is wonderful … there’s a series of links for specially collated The Music Shop playlists, so you can listen while you read. Magical. Penguin.
Alvie’s heart is in the wrong place. Literally. So is her stomach, liver and spleen. Maybe it’s because her heart’s on the right that nothing has gone right in her life. Until now. She’s given up on Tinder and Twitter and stolen her identical twin’s perfect life. It’s just a shame Beth had to die. Set in Sicily, Chloé Esposito’s MAD is the what’s described as the ‘sexy, shocking and compulsively readable’ trio of Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know trilogy. This first novel is seven days of sex, violence and unapologetic selfies … a wild week that sees Alvie break every rule in the book. Penguin.
Three women all read a short paragraph in the local paper, telling of the discovery of a baby’s bones . For each of them, the story has a different meaning. For one, it’s the reminder of the worst thing that’s ever happened to her. To another, it reveals the possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. Fiona Barton’s The Child is a psychological thriller that’s impossible to put down. Penguin.
And with four fabulous reads, what are we drinking? This lovely red … a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merot and Petit Verdot. The L’Amour Toujours 2013 is the Allee Bleueu’s flagship red wine … delicate flavours of fynbos, cedar and cigar box are all beautifully wrapped in blackberry fruit. You’ll taste spice, dark chocolate and cinnamon … it’s brilliant with duck or a rich oxtail potjie. R200 from the cellar with confit of duck or a rich oxtail dish. Around R185.
Get it JHB West – February 2018