Pale Horses, Jassy Mackenzie, Soho Crime, ISBN 9781616952211, $25.95, 320 pgs

Private investigator Jade De Jong is approached by a young man who believes that his girlfriend’s death is of a suspicious nature.  she dies while base jumping from a sixty-five story skyscraper.  Jade is reluctant to get involved but begins a preliminary investigation just to see if she 51zuS5qOhnL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_can ease his mind.  As she begins to dig deeper however, Jade uncovers a number of disturbing clues having to do with a fatal but unknown disease, a cover up, a reporter who is connected to the woman who died and the story, and a charity that helps impoverished communities become self-supporting.  De Jong finds herself unable to give up the search for the end result and as she follows the clues she stumbles on a conspiracy of national significance.

This is an interesting story, as much for the South African setting as for the writing itself.  This book is, I believe, the third in the series and it’s always interesting to follow a female protagonist working in what is typically male line of work.  Of course no story or character is going to make a work worth reading unless it is well written and Jassy Mackenzie does a great job of keeping everything moving along while introducing the odd twist here and there.  The pacing fits the story, the characters are interesting, the setting is unique–at least for those of us in the US–and the entire thing comes together into an interesting read that’s definitely worth the time.

My main reading genres are science fiction and fantasy and while I do dip into the odd thriller here and there, reading mysteries is a fairly new thing for me so it’s always with a bit of trepidation that I pick one up.  Frankly, I expect to not like them very much but am often surprised by how quickly I get sucked into the story.  This was one of those times and I would recommend this book as well as Mackenzie’s other books without fear.

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