The Satanic Mechanic

(Tannie Maria, Bk. 2). 9 CDs. 11:10 hrs. Dreamscape. Mar. 2017. ISBN 9781520067377. $30. 1 MP3-CD. F
Tannie Maria, the much-loved advice and recipes columnist at the Klein Karoo Gazette, has PTSD. And when she and her boyfriend Det. Henk Kannemeyer try to take their relationship to a new level, true love is interrupted by flashbacks. Then her friend Slimkat is poisoned right in front of her. It is all too much, so she finds herself a haven, a therapy group run by a man known as the Satanic Mechanic. Alas, all too soon, violence and murder invade the group. Fortunately, Maria's personal defenses, a warm appreciation of the natural world, the support of her good friends, and, of course, her own excellent cooking help her to triumph over evil. Sarah Prinsloo's reading is outstanding, particularly her ability to distinguish among and enunciate the many different accents, making it possible for English-only listeners to figure out the meaning of Afrikaans words from context. Listeners are in for a very pleasant surprise.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of well-written mysteries.
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