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The Satanic Mechanic

A Tannie Maria Mystery

The Satanic Mechanic by Sally Andrew
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Tannie Maria writes the Love Advice and Recipe Column for the Klein Karoo Gazette: words of wisdom for the lovelorn, along with a recipe for something delicious that may help.

But Maria’s own problems resist her attempts to self-medicate, even with an amazing peanut-butter coffee chocolate cake. Her new relationship with Detective Henk Kannemeyer continues to be haunted by the memory of her abusive husband, and she decides to check out a PTSD counselling group run by a man they call the Satanic Mechanic.

But then someone is murdered—poisoned with mustard sauce—before her eyes, and Tannie Maria’s quest for healing takes a more investigative turn. Which means her intimate relationship with Henk is about to get professional. And more importantly, very complicated.

Sally Andrew lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve near Ladismith in the Klein Karoo (South Africa). She has published a number of non-fiction books and educational articles. The feel-good books Recipes for Love and Murder and The Satanic Mechanic are her first novels.

‘Sally Andrew gives the reader a murder mystery with an original plot, a twist or two and quite a few red herrings...She laces it with plenty of humour, fills it with wonderful food, and wraps the whole thing in some gorgeous descriptive prose…[the] second Tannie Maria mystery is even better than the first.’ Bookmooch

‘I enjoyed the characters, of which there were many but they were well-drawn and distinct, and admired Andrew’s evident love of her South African surroundings, which comes across in her descriptions of the landscape, animal and bird life, and her liberal use of Afrikaans. Her writing has a strong sense of place and the setting serves the plot well.’ Otago Daily Times

‘Food heals, arouses, coerces, and kills in Andrew’s sublime second psychological cozy featuring South African agony aunt Tannie Maria van Harte. Her food wisdom is universal, unassailable: potato salad eases worry; warm orange pudding makes one feel whole.’ Publishers Weekly, starred review

‘The sights and sounds, animal life and community affairs of the Klein Karoo in South Africa, the huge diversity of people and cultures and the big issues that face the Bushmen, all form a fascinating background to the murder mystery. Readers who enjoyed the first book, will have another treat in store for them.’ ReadPlus 

‘Exotic and enchanting…All the characters in Ms Andrew’sevocative novel are finely drawn.’ Wall Street Journal


‘This friendly novel is something to savour…especially inits assertion that there’s not much in life that the love of a little lamb,stalwart friendships, intimate relationships and several slices of thetantalisingly-titled Venus Cake can’t cure.’ Seattle Review ofBooks 


‘Sublime…Tannie Maria’s authentic recipes for which Andrewcredits many sources are easy to make far from the veldt. Her food wisdom isuniverse, unassailable: potato salad eases worry; warm orange pudding makes onefeel whole.’ Publishers Weekly, starred review 


‘This wonderfully-written South African read will have youlaughing all the way…The cultures and languages of South Africa are richly andbeautifully expressed…this book is the sequel to Recipes for Love andMurder, but it can easily be read as a standalone book with its charm andloveable characters.’ Writers Write 


‘Sally Andrew stirs up another engaging mystery in hersecond Tannie Maria novel, The Satanic Mechanic…Tannie Maria’ssecond adventure is like the meals that come from her kitchen: a bit eclectic,with many different influences, but ultimately a satisfying feast for readers.’ ShelfAwareness 


‘I really love Sally Andrew’s voice. It’s simple, strippedof all excess and cuts you to the core. Tannie Maria is a wonderful, warm,comforting character…At the same time, she is much more complex than that…Thereis so much character and soul in this series it’s impossible not to fall inlove.’ Nocturnal Book Reviews 


‘Sally Andrew’s latest entry in her Tannie Maria series isan enticing, engrossing novel filled with charmingly fascinating characters,interesting subplots, believable psychological struggles, a delightful sense ofplace and yes, a mystery…If you’re looking for a good story with a lot ofpsychological development, great characters, and a wonderfully portrayedsetting, this is it.’ Reviewing the Evidence 


‘Sally Andrew created a most unusual protagonist in TannieMaria in last year’s Recipes for Love and Murder. The sequel isjust as captivating—perhaps even more so—with The Satanic Mechanic,filled with eccentric characters, a budding romance, and an interestingmystery…Readers will end the book feeling they wish they knew Sally Andrew and TannieMaria.’ Auntie M Writes


‘Don’t miss this great story. Trust me. It’s darn good.’ BookLoons


‘Blending a madcap mystery with loveable characters, in thebeautiful setting of South Africa’s rural Klein Karoo, Sally Andrew really doeshave the perfect recipe for a crime series.’ Crime Spree 


‘This book was like nothing I’ve ever read before and Iabsolutely loved it. The characters are wonderful and I fell in love withTannie Maria from the first page…if you are looking for a series with aloveable amateur sleuth and a puzzling mystery without a lot of blood and gore,this is the series for you.’ Mystery Playground 


‘Very readable, with a charm which is sustained to the lastpage.’ Crime Review 


The Text Publishing Company; August 2016
320 pages; ISBN 9781922253729
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