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Coldsleep Lullaby

A Mystery

Andrew Brown

Minotaur Books

"A finely crafted novel with an unstoppable plot."
—Top Billing

In the sleepy Cape Winelands of South Africa the body of a young woman is found drifting in a river, and Detective Eberard Februarie is called in to investigate the case. It doesn’t help matters that the young woman—Melanie Du Preez—was the daughter of a prominent local citizen. Professor du Preez is a lecturer in the University’s Faculty of Law, and a conservative activist in the defense of the Afrikaans culture. Has a murder happened here, and if so, is the motive politics or something much more personal?

Eberard discovers a scrapbook of lullabies that Melanie had collected over the years, it's a clue that could unlock the case for him, if only he could figure out what he’s looking for? A man struggling with his own demons, Eberard discovers even more secrets that lead him to the rotten core of this old university town.

Andrew Brown's Coldsleep Lullaby weaves a spellbinding story about prejudice and deceit, courage and redemption. The swift twists in the plot will keep the reader riveted and breathless. Intelligent, chilling, compelling.

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Praise for Coldsleep Lullaby

Praise for Coldsleep Lullaby

"Beautifully crafted."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"Fans of gritty procedurals in unfamiliar settings will look forward to the next book."

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

 

"Brown skillfully creates a handful of compelling and well-drawn characters and offers a plausible sense of a country still consumed by racial tensions and suspicion of immigrants from other African nations. American devotees of international crime fiction will embrace the emotionally scarred Eberard and the fractious society that is at once exotic and all too familiar."

Booklist

 

"With its lush, detailed descriptions, Brown’s debut successfully captures both the beautiful landscapes and the violent textures of South Africa’s racially charged history.

Library Journal (starred review)


"Coldsleep Lullaby is that rare beast: a thriller novel that functions both as a superb mystery and an engrossing historical fiction.  It marks Andrew Brown out as a superb talent."
—John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker series

 

"Taut and chilling. Andrew Brown is a terrific writer."
—Mark Giminez, author of The Color of Law

 

“A book to curl up with and devour way past bedtime…a thrilling novel from an exciting literary talent.”
—Tom Gray, iafrica.com

 

"A beautifully assured whodunit."
—Michele Magwood, Sunday Times (UK)

 

"A cracker of a thriller."
—Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times (South Africa)

 

“Excellent and gripping."
—Conrad Linstrom, Pretoria News (South Africa)

 

"A first rate thriller."
—Brian Joss, Community Newspapers, Cape Town

Praise for Coldsleep Lullaby

"Beautifully crafted."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"Fans of gritty procedurals in unfamiliar settings will look forward to the next book."

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

 

"Brown skillfully creates a handful of compelling and well-drawn characters and offers a plausible sense of a country still consumed by racial tensions and suspicion of immigrants from other African nations. American devotees of international crime fiction will embrace the emotionally scarred Eberard and the fractious society that is at once exotic and all too familiar."

Booklist

 

"With its lush, detailed descriptions, Brown’s debut successfully captures both the beautiful landscapes and the violent textures of South Africa’s racially charged history.

Library Journal (starred review)


"Coldsleep Lullaby is that rare beast: a thriller novel that functions both as a superb mystery and an engrossing historical fiction.  It marks Andrew Brown out as a superb talent."
—John Connolly, bestselling author of the Charlie Parker series

 

"Taut and chilling. Andrew Brown is a terrific writer."
—Mark Giminez, author of The Color of Law

 

“A book to curl up with and devour way past bedtime…a thrilling novel from an exciting literary talent.”
—Tom Gray, iafrica.com

 

"A beautifully assured whodunit."
—Michele Magwood, Sunday Times (UK)

 

"A cracker of a thriller."
—Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times (South Africa)

 

“Excellent and gripping."
—Conrad Linstrom, Pretoria News (South Africa)

 

"A first rate thriller."
—Brian Joss, Community Newspapers, Cape Town

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  • Andrew Brown

  • ANDREW BROWN is an author, a lawyer, and a volunteer police officer who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize for Coldsleep Lullaby, and his work has also been shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa Region). He is married and has three children.
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