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The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton

The Honey Guide

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February 2013 Debut of the Month.

With sharply plotted storylines and interesting locations ex BBC journalist Richard Crompton’s debut novel, described as Alexander McCall Smith meets Ian Rankin, has some real appeal. In the lead up to the presidential elections, among allegations of vote rigging and corruption, Detective Mollel is called in to investigate the brutal murder of a prostitute in a public park, and he suspects the case is more complex than it appears. This is an accomplished crime thriller, first in a series with a new character, Mollel, who will do for Nairobi what Ian Rankin’s Rebus did for Edinburgh.

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The Honey Guide by Richard Crompton

Meet Mollel, a former Maasai warrior whose beloved wife died in the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi. Mollel has been assigned to the investigation of the brutal murder of a local prostitute. Despite the resistance of his colleagues, Mollel soon begins to uncover something more far-reaching. But are his warrior's instincts, which have always served him so well, correct? Or will his convictions about the case be turned on their head? The investigation will become more personal to him than he could have possibly imagined...Set against the backdrop of turbulent elections, THE HONEY GUIDE brings Nairobi and its citizens vividly to life, and introduces a truly unforgettable leading character in crime fiction.


GOING BACK is a captivating book that many will relate to... As first-time novels go, we commend English on her keen observation of Ireland through the decades and accentuating this to bring us a clever plot that dabbles between the eras. Now that it comes in paperback, we recommend this one to go along in the suitcase as it's a perfect poolside read. IRISH COUNTRY LIVING The Honey Guide introduces Mollel, a former Maasai warrior...an intriguing figure, famous as the man who pulled dozens of survivors from the wreckage of the US embassy after it was bombed in 1998...Mollel's vulnerabilities gradually unfold, revealing a damaged but determined character who promises to be a fine addition to the ranks of fictional detectives -- Joan Smith THE SUNDAY TIMES This is a smashing debut, as fleet-footed as the warrior himself. It will make you long for the next instalment FINANCIAL TIMES a good plot and an interesting cast of characters -- Marcel Berlins THE TIMES Crompton brings the streets of Nairobi to life, Mollel and Kiunga, his investigation partner, are strong characters and with the traditions and history of the country integral to the plot, this is an excellent crime series in the making CHOICE Good news for fans of exotic police procedurals, crime fiction's first Maasai detective makes his debut here in what promises to be a series to watch. It is 2007 and Mollel, an outsider in a mostly Kikuyu force, investigates the murder of a woman as riots sweep through Nairobi following claims of corruption and vote- rigging in the Kenyan elections TIMES SOUTH AFRICA A fascinating debut novel set against the turbulent Kenyan 2007 election in which more than 1,500 were killed in riots, this is the first in a series that will bring Nairobi and its colourful citizens vividly to life -- Myles McWeeney IRISH INDEPENDENT This outstanding debut... a vivid and sensitive depiction of an alarmingly volatile situation, riven with tribal divisions, in a place where glittering tower blocks and shopping malls sit cheek-by-jowl with tin shacks. This, however is more than mere local colour, with traditions, beliefs and conflicts being properly defining factors in the characterisation of a strong cast... The good news is that it is the first in a projected series - more, please -- Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN [Crompton] successfully incorporates the regions many customs and difficulties within his characters, giving readers a real insight into what makes Nairobi and its citizens tick. The Honey Guide is the first in a planned series of crime novels featuring Mollel, and, if it is anything to go by, we are in for an enjoyable ride TRAVEL AFRICA Ever since the success of tartan noir and the Scandinavian crime wave, publishers have been searching for the next sleuth and location. Now, Richard Crompton, a former BBC journalist, offers us Mollel, a Maasai detective in Nairobi. Mollel is a good character, with a credibly tragic past, and an even more credible inability to give his young, motherless son the attention he needs... virtuous and brave but domestically careless, a rule-breaker who always gets his man... The setting feels authentic and the glimpses of Mollel's tribal past are sparing and well drawn, as are the murderous tensions in the Nairobi slums -- Natasha Cooper TLS A compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya, where tribal politics can get you killed -- Ian Rankin THE MAIL ON SUNDAY Crompton's thrilling African mystery is accomplished, atmospheric and engrossing. Good Book Guide

About the Author

Richard Crompton

Richard Crompton is an ex-BBC journalist who moved to East Africa several years ago with his wife, a human rights lawyer who worked on the Rwanda genocide trials. Richard won the DAILY TELEGRAPH SHORT STORY AWARD in 2010.

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14th February 2013


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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


320 pages


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