Death in the Rainy Season

Death in the Rainy Season 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 th

  • Title: Death in the Rainy Season
  • Author: Anna Jaquiery
  • ISBN: 9781447244455
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 buriedPhnom 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 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 Becoming increasingly drawn into Quercy s circle of family and friends his adoring widow, his devoted friends and bereft colleagues Commandant Morel will soon discover that in this lush land of great beauty and immense darkness, nothing is quite as it seems .A deeply atmospheric crime novel that bristles with truth and deception, secrets and lies Death in the Rainy Season is a compelling mystery that unravels an exquisitely wrought human tragedy.

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    1. Always a tense time to be reviewing a second book from an author whose debut you absolutely loved. Anna Jaquiery’s haunting debut The Lying Down Room was a joy to read and review, so much so that it was second in my Top Read of 2014, and is one of the books that I most consistently recommend in my day job as a bookseller, when people are looking for a new slice of Euro crime.Death In The Rainy Season is the next book to feature Jaquiery’s charismatic and thoughtful French detective Commandan [...]

    2. So “The Lying Down Room” was one of my favourite debuts of its year, so I was very excited to revisit Serge Morel in the second book in the series – it was absolutely worth the wait, another beautifully written crime novel with a decidedly intriguing main protagonist at the heart of it all.Here we find Morel on holiday in Cambodia, hoping to reconnect with family, but the brutal murder of a French man finds him thrown into the centre of another mystery. Dealing with the rather eclectic way [...]

    3. The Lying Down Room was one of my favourite books of 2014 so I was really pleased when I received the follow up book to review. Serge Morel is on holiday in Cambodia when a fellow countryman is found murdered in a hotel room. He is told to cut his holiday short and solve the murder as quickly as possible, with the victim being related to his employer. He struggles, policing methods are very different in Cambodia than in Paris and he feels that he isn't being told everything by Savit, the policem [...]

    4. One of my most eagerly anticipated reads this year."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 haltOpening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yetA deeply atmospheric crime novel that bristles with truth and deception, secrets and lies: Death in the Rainy Season is a compelling mystery that unravels an exquisitel [...]

    5. For the booktrail of the literary locations in the book - link: Booktrail of Death in the Rainy SeasonMaybe the setting of Phnom Penh and the rain and the humidity was the reason we wanted to read this, but the crime story and mystery soon took over and threw us into the dark murky waters and alleyways and underbelly of the country. It is monsoon season – the rainy season of the title – so the country is being deluged, homes destroyed and the Mekong River turning into a great flood.Morel mov [...]

    6. Crime mystery set in Phnom PenhAll through September, the rains cause “havoc along the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap Lake, ruining rice crops and destroying houses…”It is the end of September 2011 and the monsoons are in full swing, the rain blasts across the country, the deluges are regular and insistent. Commandant Serge Morel is taking a well-earned break up in Siem Reap where he is enjoying the wonders of Ta Prohm. Meanwhile, down in Phnom Penh a French national is found brutally murd [...]

    7. Death in the Rainy Season is the second novel in the Commandant Serge Morel series but true to form I haven't yet read the first book, The Lying-Down room. It's always a concern when reading subsequent books in a series without having read the first, do I need prior knowledge of the characters for this book to make sense? Thankfully in the case of Death in the Rainy Season the answer is no and while I intend to read the first book now I felt this one can be read and enjoyed as a standalone book [...]

    8. This is Anna Jaquiery’s second novel featuring Serge Morel and it was my introduction to a new author. And I thought it was beautiful, different and oddly familiar.I adore a crime novel, that takes me out of my comfort zone. Jaquiery expertly sets ‘Death in the Rainy Season’ in Cambodia and the ex-pat community. If you have ever been there or to countries near-by like Thailand, you will instantly recognise the way it is described. From the first page, there is a strong welcoming sense of A [...]

    9. What an outstanding book. After reading her first novel - The Lying Down Room, I was looking forward so much for more. This book delivered in many levels. The atmosphere, the descriptive writing and the plot was outstanding. Not just a great crime book, this also delves into fantastic literary fiction. For her second novel, Anna is a talent to look out for. Highly recommend.

    10. I can't praise this novel enough. Everything about it is finely done, from the intriguing and complex main character to the steamy, atmospheric backdrop of Cambodia as well as the satisfying mystery itself. Outstanding.

    11. Interesting book set in a city completely foreign to me, Phnom Penh. With different approaches to solving crime, it is a French detective on holiday who speaks French and Khmer who is requisitioned to discovering why a french subject was murdered.

    12. Thanks to Anna Jaquiery, Sophie Orme, Sam Eades & PanMacmillan for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I’m normally really boring when it comes to the books I tend to choose. I like books set in a few choice locations (boring alert: England, USA) and I have a horrible habit of sticking pretty rigidly to that. But I really am trying to be better, so when I saw Death in the Rainy Season (would you look at the awesome colours on that cover??) I figured this would b [...]

    13. Death in the Rainy Season is Melbourne-based writerAnna Jaquiery’s follow up to her 2014 debut,The Lying-Down Room. Both novels feature Parisian detective Commandant Serge Morel, whose late mother was Cambodian, and whose French father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. (Jaquiery, herself of French-Malaysian descent, spent time in Cambodia as a child prior to 1975). Where the first novel, set in France, was a slow burner, Death in the Rainy Season, set in Cambodia, sets a cracking pace f [...]

    14. 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 countr [...]

    15. This is the second book to feature Commandant Serge Morel, the first being The Lying-Down Room, which I haven’t read, fortunately that didn’t seem to matter with this book working perfectly well as a stand-alone read.At the start of the story Serge Morel is on holiday in Cambodia from his native Paris when Hugo Quercy, a French national is murdered in a hotel room in Phnom Penh. Morel’s asked to stop his holiday and help the local police in Phnom Penh with their investigation but not only [...]

    16. I absolutely loved the first book in the Serge Morel series, The Lying Down room, when I read it last year. Death in the Rainy Season is the second book in the series that features Parisian detective Commandant Serge Morel, whose late mother was Cambodian, and whose French father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. In this book, he's on holiday in Cambodia where he feels a special kinship. The death of a French citizen with connections in the Government forces Morel to abandon his vacation [...]

    17. This is apparently the second book of Commandant Morel mysteries, which I didn't know. Not having read the first didn't make a difference, though. Commandant Morel is a French detective whose mother was Khmer, and this book begins with him on holiday in Cambodia, hoping to meet her family. Those plans go awry when a French aid worker is murdered in Phnom Penh, and Morel is roped into the investigation. I liked Morel, and wouldn't object to reading the first book to see what he's like when he's d [...]

    18. Death in the Rainy Season is Anna Jaquiery's second novel featuring the French detective Serge Morel. A detective whom I absolutely adore!Death in the Rainy Season is a beautifully written crime novel. Is there such a thing as literary crime fiction? If not, I think there should be.Morel is on holiday in Cambodia when Hugo Quercy is found dead in a hotel room. As the deceased is of French origin with family of political importance back in France, Morel is called in to investigate.Reluctant at fi [...]

    19. While I was momentarily slightly disappointed that we weren't visiting Paris again, I found Cambodia the perfect setting for this wonderful read: it is a country I've visited and loved (and, like Morel, sat in silence at Ta Prohm ahead of the tourist hordes), and it was interesting to see him separated from his support network, seeking reconnection with his family, and working with the Cambodian police where very different political considerations come into play. I loved the book's sense of plac [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. Serge Morel is a "grow on you" character and here, inevitably, he is back on holiday in Cambodia and gets dragged into a local crime. His half French/half Cambodian character does a little less origami on this outing and his complex social life is not much on show. But Anna Jaquiery draws very well on her own background to capture a lot of the atmosphere of contemporary Phnom Penh in all its ratty elements. Significantly, Morel himself is dragged down from Siem Reap to the capital and does not m [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this book - the character development was great and I enjoyed the moody setting (rainy Cambodia) too. Perfect choice for a long weekend as it was also a real page turner. While it was ultimately a mystery novel, I enjoyed the cultural aspects that it explored as well. In particular, it illustrated the tensions of surviving a horrific past, while trying to build the future.

    23. A great story. Set in Cambodia, so that already guarantees enjoyment, a prominent NGO worker is found dead in a hotel room, brutally murdered. The murder is investigated by a French detective, pulled away from holiday and sent to unravel the mystery.

    24. As I have been in Siem Reap can vouch for the authenticity of the locations, which are are well researched. The plot didn't really grip me, so I won't rush to read any books by the author.

    25. I grew tired of this book; it was just not interesting enough for me. The story seemed to get mired down. Didn't finish it.

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