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Murder at Government House (Penguin Crime Fiction) (edition 1989)

by Elspeth Josceline Huxley

Series: Vachell (1)

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Title:Murder at Government House (Penguin Crime Fiction)
Authors:Elspeth Josceline Huxley
Info:Penguin USA (P) (1989), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Tags:PR6015, mystery, grtb!, new author challenge

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Murder at Government House by Elspeth Huxley



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Finely crafted "Dame Christie" type mystery. The twist is that Huxley sets the story in the imaginary East African colony of "Chania" which is clearly a pseudonym for Kenya. And nobody writes a colonial Kenya story like Elspeth Huxley. The setting, the characters, it's a beautiful between-the-wars period piece. It is a good mystery by itself, but even more fun if one is somewhat familiar with Kenyan history and landscape. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
I liked this mystery set in Africa during the colonial period. I especially liked Vachell and Olivia working together to figure out who killed the Governor and why. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Murder on Safari. ( )
  krin5292 | Jan 22, 2013 |
A high official of an African colony is murdered just before an importance conference and a transplanted Canadian policeman (aided by an anthropologist) must sort out the various business and tribal clues to find a surprising solution. Pleasant and interesting for the glimpses into different cultures. ( )
  Bjace | Sep 24, 2011 |
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Mark Beaton was in that embittered mood that was apt to follow the nerve-racking preparations for a Government House dinner-party.
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Life at Government House in the African colony of Chania seems relaxed and booming though Olivia Brandeis, a young anthropologist, senses trouble brewing. And when the governor, Sir Malcolm McLeod, is found strangled at his desk, her intuition is proven sound.

Enter Superintendent Vachell. His interrogation removes the crust of calm from the local community. But it is not until Olivia relates her encounter with a tribal witchdoctor that the riddle surrounding the murder is solved.

"Secret societies, murder and mystery are set against the vivid African landscape in this crime classic from the author of THE AFRICAN POISON MURDERS and THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA." (Publisher's Source)

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