Book review: Death Cup by Irna van Zyl

Death Cup

Book review: Death Cup by Irna van Zyl

Death Cup is a South African crime thriller set in the Cape region.

I hesitantly started reading Death Cup by Irna van Zyl as I didn’t know what to expect from this South African crime thriller.

Death is on the menu for a disliked local food blogger at Zebardines, the latest “it” restaurant in Hermanus. Turns out that she was poisoned with mushrooms. Finding the murderer is detective Storm van der Merwe’s top priority. There are more murders and threats while she investigates and finding the killer is paramount with Fooddotcom’s annual awards lurking.

As if Storm doesn’t have enough on her plate, friend and ex colleague detective Andreas Moerdyk quits his job and basically moves in with her. She doesn’t need him to be another irritation in her and her dogs’ lives too.

It took me a couple of pages to get into reading typical South Africa, and more so Capetonian, colloquialisms. Once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed Death Cup. It was kind of nice to read a local book having been to most of the places the book plays off.

The story line was enjoyable, well thought out and I honestly didn’t know who the serial killer was until the last chapter. I also enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t one-dimensional. The book deals with the main story line – the murders, but also examines the topic of unrequited love, the sometimes-tricky subject of friendship and also sexual assault and harassment in the work place.

If you’re craving to read a crime thriller set in the fair Cape, this book is for you. It’s also available in Afrikaans – Gifbeker.

Anne Dolinschek
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