Review by Lesley Thomson
Author of the popular thrillers Dead in the Water and Death Cup, fans of Irna van Zyl will enjoy her latest, Blood Stone.
Despite being involved in an investigation into the murder of Beebee Bukelwa Babu, in Hermanus, Detective Storm van der Merwe has to drop everything and rush to London. She had received a phone call from her mother’s current, and younger, boyfriend to tell her that her mother is in a coma after having fallen under a train at Paddington Station.
Beebee, one of her mother’s clients, and a leading fashion designer had been found dead in a luxury Hermanus hotel just before she was about to launch her designs to the world. At the same time as investigating this murder and discovering her mother hadn’t fallen under the train in London, but been pushed, Storm has to cope with the mass hysteria in town caused by a mysterious and power-hungry pastor.
There is also tension between Storm, her father and her best friend, both also in the police force.
Meanwhile Storm’s former colleague, the bumbling Andreas Moerdyk, now a PI, is doing his best to locate a missing and very valuable red diamond. Still in love with Storm, he wants to help her and questions if the red diamond is connected to BeeBee’s death, and the pastor’s interest in diamonds.
A very involved plot, moving from Hermanus, to Namibia, England, the Netherlands and Cape Town, this is a fast-paced thriller, which probably reads better in Afrikaans than the English translation.
*Available in Afrikaans and English. ISBN 9781485904250. Published in 2020 by Penguin Random House, rrp R280.