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.
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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I thoroughly enjoyed Victoria Tait’s second Kenya Kanga Mystery, Tusk Justice. Once again it stars Mama Rose, an older woman who helps with the veterinary needs of her area, from dogs to elephants. She is also a remarkable help to the local police in solving crimes.
This book covers a huge Conference on Wildlife Conservation which takes place in a sprawling hotel near Nairobi. The pre-conference speaker and fund raiser is a waspish woman, who – yes, you guessed it – becomes a murder victim.
Mama Rose is first asked to stay in a cottage at the hotel (along with her eager, but handicapped conservationist husband) in order to solve and stop a flow of thefts from the hotel; from jelly packets to hotel towels to visitor laptops. She’s already discovered one avenue of theft when the murdered woman is found. The Commissioner can’t respond right away, but sends his best – and most discreet substitute – Constable Wachira.
Between the policewoman and Mama Rose, they narrow the culprit down to three possibilities, all with strong motives. But it’s only after a unique clue arises, that Mama Rose is sure of the killer. But can she tell someone before she too loses her life?
I love how Mama Rose is down-to-earth and always willing to help people out, sometimes even minor criminals. She is methodical and has a sharp eye for things that aren’t right, both with animals and with crime scenes. She cares for others with insight and kindness. (I’d love to meet this character!)
As the book ends on a somber note, with her husband’s illness escalating, so did it begin. “One elephant is killed every fifteen minutes in Africa.” I highly recommend this book.
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