The Satanic Mechanic: A Tannie Maria Mystery

The Satanic Mechanic: A Tannie Maria Mystery

by Sally Andrew

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Tannie Maria—recipe writer turned crime fighter—has barely had time to return to her cooking and advice column for the local Gazette when she finds herself embroiled in another whodunit: Slimkat the Bushman’s life is being threatened, and Tannie Maria is determined to find out who wants to kill him. The nature reserve beside the Kuruman River has been recognized as ancestral land of the Bushmen, also known as the San people, and a host of greedy parties, including diamond miners and cattle companies, are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them from claiming it.

Adding to the mix, Tannie Maria is also trying to overcome her own hang-ups in love with her boyfriend, the rugged detective Lieutenant Henk Kannymeyer, and—for the first time in her life—to go on a diet. There is no shortage of conundrums, personal and professional, for an amateur sleuth to confront in this delightful, warm-hearted sequel to Sally Andrew’s Recipes for Love and Murder, one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s 16 Books to Start 2016 Right.

Blending a madcap mystery with lovable characters in the beautiful setting of South Africa’s rural Klein Karoo, Sally Andrew really does have the perfect recipe for a crime series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062397713
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Tannie Maria Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 411,864
File size: 780 KB

About the Author

Sally Andrew lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo, South Africa, with her artist partner, Bowen Boshier, and other wildlife (including kudu and leopard). She also spends time in the wilderness of southern Africa and the seaside suburb of Muizenberg.

Her background is in social and environmental activism. She has a Masters in Adult Education. The Satanic Mechanic is a sequel to Recipes for Love and Murder, which has been published in thirteen languages across five continents.

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The Satanic Mechanic: A Tannie Maria Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a "Serial Read" and I really couldn't wait for chapters to be released each day. I absolutely loved the setting of South Africa. The characters are interesting and relatable. A great perspective on the culture !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some similarity to the Number 1 Woman’s Detective Agency in atmosphere. Loved the cultural exposition. I felt like I was there and really enjoyed the mores and values expressed by the characters. The alchemy of food, relationships, and forensics is brilliant. Thank you to B& N for Readouts that introduced me to Tannie Maria and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable to read something not filthy with a good story line, and some intreague leading to a nice ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy summer read. Interesting story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is the next one in the series to be published? I can't wait. The characters resonate, The environment and culture are exotic enough to me to grab my attention. I didn't figure out who the murderer was but didn't care as it is more important to read the story and enjoy the characters and interactions, the environment, culture and language and food. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It is so satisfying to read a series where the heroine isn't perfect! Planning to go to Africa now because of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you B&N for Book #1 ~ readout for June 2918. Great choice. It has been a very long time that I could not wait for the next chapter, chapters, in this case, So here I am anxiously looking forward to Book 2. Just got it on Nook. I am going to read the next one 3~4 chapters a day. I loved the story, the characters and especially the info about the land, its people, flowers, animals and the interesting cooking techniques and spices, If you are looking for something different give this author a try! Hope there will be a third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was quite enjoyable reading from Nook Readouts. I waited until all chapters were published, then read it in a single sitting. I'm not patient enough to wait for chapters. I will probably read the next book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this different but interesting book. Delved into domestic violence as well as a murder mystery. The use of African words in the story sometimes interrupted the flow of the reading. Still a very good story with likable characters.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t resist diving into this book, almost as soon as I got the copy, and have read it twice since: each time brings out something I missed in this lovely series by Sally Andrew. It transported me to the South African countryside, much as Alexander McCall Smith’s No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency did, ripe and rich with characters and old-fashioned advice and truths handed down by the locals we meet. Having not read the first (a situation I’ve remedied by ordering that book ) I was worried that I wouldn’t see the character development, or find myself horribly confused with the connections, and Andrew did a wonderful job of bringing the reader along, if not in actual “remember that this happened’ form, but with developing relationships that continue to grow and change as expectations and connections did. Tannie Marie is one of those people who seems to understand that sometimes, all people want is to be heard, and pointed in the right direction. To that end, she writes an Agony Aunt column in the local newspaper, where she doles out advice, pain relief and recipes with equal aplomb, helping to mend issues in lives, health and relationships. Her curiosity and common sense go far, and when she discovers her co-worker is being sent to interview a renown San (bushmen), Kabbo, the leader, at a large music and arts festival, she decides to tag along. Sitting with Kabbo at the festival, he suddenly drops dead, and the questions, not the least of which was who could have poisoned him with all of his security present, begin, and we are whipped through a whodunit plotline that is as twisty as it is engaging. Throughout the story, we meet Tannie’s new love interest, Henk, a policeman who isn’t thrilled with her curiosity regarding the murder, and as one of the men assigned to protect Kabbo, he’s also more than a touch guilty. While we have the murder and the chase to discover if it was the Agricultural company or the Diamond company, or someone entirely different that sent threats and then followed through with the murder of Kabbo, there is more to discover. And this is where the Satanic Mechanic comes in. A former Satanist with a knack and reputation as a good mechanic, he’s struggling to make up for his old belief system and behavior, and wants to help others. To that end, he’s got a loosely organized support group to help members deal with PTSD and it’s effects on their lives. Tannie, now widowed with a tentative foot in a new relationship, decides to join this group to deal with her own issues: a long marriage to an abusive man have left her unable if not entirely unwilling, to move the relationship with Henk to a deeper level. With everything going on, the two threads of the story move forward nicely, and there are plenty of secondary characters that add life, color and even some emotional moments to the story as they reveal theirs. Andrew uses ‘africanisms’ frequently, many of which are easily understood in context, but they all add to the atmosphere of the story, placing it firmly ‘elsewhere’, but moments to laugh, wonder and even just enjoy the banquet laid out to enjoy are many. And the recipes – oh you will be hungry too: from simple cakes and treats to actual entrees and regional favorites, the desire to taste the food as described, made by those with access to the ingredients and the flavors of the place are, at times, overwhelming. And, if you are like me, you won’t be able to put this one down after just one read.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
“I was deciding whether to call Henk when the phone rang and it was him. That sort of thing happens a lot, you know. I think about something, and then there it is. It makes me wonder if my life is neatly woven, instead of the tangle it looks like. If I could just follow all the threads, maybe I’d see a nice pattern”. The Satanic Mechanic is the second book in the Tannie Maria Mystery series by South African author, Sally Andrew. Slimkat Kabbo is the face of the Kuruman Bushman’s successful land claim case. With his peace-loving attitude (“Fighting can make you bitter. But sometimes it must be done. If you have to fight, then you must do so with soft hands and a heart full of forgiveness”), he is no boastful victor. So when he is poisoned right there in front Tannie Maria and the Klein Karoo Gazette’s intrepid investigative reporter, Jessie Mostert, and under the noses of the Oudtshoorn and Ladismith police, they are puzzled. Would the vanquished in the land case, the Hardcore diamond miners and the Agribeest cattle company really take revenge in this manner? Or was someone else behind the harassment and death threats the Bushmen had received? Tannie Maria’s boyfriend, Detective Lieutenant Henk Kannemeyer doesn’t want Maria getting involved; after her recent kidnapping and near murder, he doesn’t want to risk losing her again. Tannie Maria dislikes being told what to do, but she has another problem with Henk, one of a more intimate nature, one that stems from her former husband’s abuse and needs a counsellor’s help. The first one she sees puts her on a diet. Readers familiar with Tannie Maria know that food plays a big role in her life: “I took a mouthful of tart, and I closed my eyes and let the sweet warm brandy and cream sing down my throat to my belly”. A visit to the doctor has a different outcome, as well as some dietary advice: “’If you apply common sense you should be fine. Obvious stuff: exercise, eat healthy food, only eat when you're hungry.’ The problem is, I thought as I left his office, I am always hungry”. Eventually, she consults the Satanic Mechanic. Sally Andrew gives the reader a murder mystery with an original plot, a twist or two and quite a few red herrings. She touches on some topical issues: PTSD, the plight of wildlife crossing roads, and the status of gays and lesbians certain African nations. She laces it with plenty of humour, fills it with wonderful food, and wraps the whole thing in some gorgeous descriptive prose: “The phone rang. It was Henk. His voice was warm and sweet like hot chocolate, and it made a smile run through my whole body” and “...they started on a beautiful Xhosa song. Some sang high, others low, with choruses answering each other. They moved in time to the music. The voices wove a hammock of sound that held me and rocked me” are examples. Also: “Hattie’s fingers were running around her keypad like mice…” and “He was a small man who walked lightly on the ground. But he seemed very tall, as if his head was being pulled up to the stars” and “I picked up another letter on the pile, one that looked impatient to be opened”. Sentences like: “In the Karoo sky, there are so many stars it is hard to see the darkness” are sure to make readers want to visit the Klein Karoo. Andrew’s characters are appealing, much more than one-dimensional, and occasionally quirky; their dialogue is natural and evokes the South African accent. If there is a flaw in this book, it’s that all those mout