A Cozy Mystery with a Tenacious Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
About Tusk Justice
Tusk Justice:(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kanga Press (October 9, 2020)
Number of Pages App. 300
Digital ASIN: B08FXVFKK7
At a summit on poaching, the keynote is homicide. Can a veterinarian solve the case before she becomes an endangered species?
Kenya, 2016. Community vet and skilled sleuth ‘Mama’ Rose Hardie is passionate about saving elephants. As she runs her monthly clinic for the animals at the local resort, she plans to attend a conference on the issue with her ailing husband. But things turn sour when a world-renowned conservationist is found brutally stabbed to death.
With the authorities tied up in Nairobi, Rose sets out to bring the killer in herself. But with multiple suspects all hiding secrets and scandalous truths surrounding the victim, the culprit may be too slippery for the aged amateur detective to handle.
Can Rose trap the murderer before she ends up as the next target?
Tusk Justice is the second book in the thrilling Kenya Kanga Mysteries series. If you like quirky characters, lush African locales, and a love of animals, then you’ll adore Victoria Tait’s adventurous whodunit.
Note: Take a moment to read the Glossary of words before starting to read the book because the author uses many words local to the region. I love that she did this.
Mama Rose Hardie returns and she is tested to solve not just one mystery but two!
First, she is asked by the manager at the Mount Kenya Resort and Spa to investigate a series of thefts from small throwaway items to some very pricey merchandise. She is excited because she and her husband Craig are given some wonderful accommodations while she sleuths and he attends a conference leading up to the inaugural Giant’s Club Summit for wildlife conservation.
The second mystery involves Davina Dijan, a woman Rose met after saving a young elephant and wasn’t very impressed with. Davina Dijan is the keynote speaker for the conference as the managing director of the local Gaia Conservancy. Her program started with a few hiccups and we saw her true colors. Rose witnesses Davina’s rude behavior again that night at dinner. She is floored though when the resort manager wakes them during the night to report the woman is dead and he needs Rose’s help. One look tells Rose that Davina Dijan has been murdered. With Police Commissioner Akida tied up elsewhere, he asks Rose to assist on the case. With her efforts divided she is going to do her best to solve both cases but then a surprise lands something personal on her plate as well. Rose is juggling a lot, and there is a killer on the loose.
The story focuses on the poaching of elephants for their tusks. Such beautiful animals dying just hurts so much. The book is set in 2016 and there has been progress to curtail poaching but 1 dead healthy elephant is too many for me. The author blends awareness with a fictional story that ends with the hope that change may be happening.
Mama Rose is a complex character and this time we delve further into her personal life. Her husband Craig has some serious health problems but I was glad to see he was able to attend the conference and enjoy some time with friends. He is Rose’s #1 priority and she does all she can to keep him out and about and comfortable but she sees his health continue to deteriorate. As someone living with a disability for almost 20 years I can identify with the man very well.
The author has penned a compelling mystery. Rose is a tenacious investigator and to tag along with her as she tries to solve it all was very entertaining. She rarely takes a break so the pages were flying. I read the entire book in one evening and that is very rare for me right now.
I enjoy the imagery Ms. Tait creates with her words. I will never travel to Kenya in my lifetime which why I truly appreciate descriptive storytelling. Readers are carried thousands of miles away by her words and are able to escape for a few hours to a place so different and full of adventures.
Endearing characters, a splendid location, a worthy cause, and an entertaining mystery, Tusk Justice has it all. A Perfect Escape!
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About Victoria Tait
Victoria Tait is the exciting new author of the Kenya Kanga Mystery series. She’s drawn on 8 years living in rural Kenya, with her family, to write vivid and evocative descriptions. Her readers feel the heat, taste the dryness, and smell the dust of Africa. Her elderly amateur sleuth, “Mama Rose” Hardie is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple reincarnated and living in Kenya.
Like all good military wives, Victoria follows the beat of the drum and has recently moved to war-scarred Sarajevo in Bosnia. She has two, fast-growing nearly teenage boys. She enjoys horse riding and mountain biking but is apprehensive about learning to ski. Victoria is looking forward to the sun, sand, and seafood of neighbouring Croatia when the world returns to normal.
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Fowl Murder: A Cozy Mystery with a Determined Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery) by Victoria Tait
About Fowl Murder
Fowl Murder: A Cozy Mystery with a Determined Female Amateur Sleuth (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – Kenya
Publisher: Kanga Press (July 21, 2020)
ebook, 190 pages
Digital ASIN: B089RRXBC1
A shooting on the savannah. A tragedy she’d rather forget. When past and present collide, will she survive to see her future?
Kenya, 2016. Semi-retired vet Rose Hardie just wants to enjoy her golden years and care for her disabled husband. But her peace of mind shatters when a forgotten confidant returns and reopens a case where Rose pulled the trigger. With her memories of the poacher’s shocking death flooding back, she barely catches her breath before her childhood friend is brutally murdered.
Braving blackmail and entrenched corruption, the tireless woman dives headfirst into helping the victim’s son solve the crime. But when the lead suspect is killed, Rose’s plans for a peaceful life end up dead and buried…
As her own traumatic history unravels, can Rose catch a killer before she becomes the next victim?
Foul Murder is the first book in the compelling Kenya Kanga Mystery series. If you like determined heroines, unpredictable twists and turns, and vivid African settings, then you’ll love Victoria Tait’s pulse-pounding tale.
Note: Take a moment to read the Glossary of words before starting to read the books because the author uses many words local to the region. I love that she did this.
We meet Rose Hardie, known as “Mama Rose,” and her invalid husband, Craig, in Nanyuki, Kenya. Rose works as a volunteer vet. She also helps anyone with a need the best she can. They are happily married but do clash when Rose is away and not tending to Craig.
When a childhood friend, Aisha, suddenly moves nearby talking about an event that happened decades ago, an event Rose would like to forget, she gets nervous. Soon after the friend is murdered. True to her nature Rose jumps in to help the victim’s son find her killer. She is also being blackmailed by someone connected to the event Aisha reopened. Unfortunately, Aisha was killed before Rose could get any details from her. Now with Aisha’s son and a little help from Craig, Rose is doing her best to catch a killer and find the truth, but she could end up the killer’s next victim.
Ms. Tait has taken us to Kenya and creates wonderful imagery with her words. I could easily envision every place the characters went. The dryness of the land, the weather that comes in, Mount Kenya, the homes of the characters. I will never travel to Africa but enjoyed this virtual trip immensely.
(Mama) Rose is such a strong character. She is smart and, in some ways, methodical as she ventures into her investigation. She sees things others don’t. She knows everyone and they open up and tell her things they wouldn’t share with others. Husband Craig makes a great sounding board even though his disability keeps him from going everywhere Rose goes. Aisha’s son Thabiti steps in as her sidekick but his youth sometimes gets in the way. Other characters weigh in with information. All these characters develop over the course of the book. They come across as believable and real.
The mystery is full of twists and turns. The subplots blend in easily and the flow is great. The story has many layers to hold readers’ attention from beginning to end. I did figure out part of the whodunit before Rose but was totally surprised when all was explained. Rose also gets some unexpected news that really evokes a change.
Fowl Murder is an exceptional start for the Kenya Kanga Mystery Series. Rose and Craig are definitely characters I want to visit again. Victoria Tait is an author to watch.
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About Victoria Tait
Victoria Tait is an exciting new author launching her Kenya Kanga Mystery series. She’s drawn on 8 years living in rural Kenya with her family to transport her readers to a world of curiosity, community and conspiracy. The Kenya Kanga Mystery series brings to life the beauty of the Kenyan landscape, the magic of its wildlife and the warmth of its people.
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