The South African Booksellers Association honoured Sally Andrew as their 2016 winner of the Booksellers’ Choice Award for her delicious mystery novel RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER, published by Umuzi.
The Association noted that it was an extraordinary year for the award, with around 150 nominations received and a high all-round quality. Two other Blake Friedmann authors were among the six shortlisted, 2012 winner of the award Deon Meyer and two-time nominee Zakes Mda. Sally was announced as this year’s winner on 30 August at a gala dinner in Cape Town.
Sally’s debut, which was published in the UK with Canongate in 2015, follows the heroine Tannie Maria, a loveable cookery columnist who suddenly finds a change of lifestyle on the menu. In an irresistible blend of recipes and page-turning intrigue, Tannie Maria, armed with her culinary wisdom, takes on her first investigation.
RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER has been published around the world, in the UK, South Africa, the US, Canada, China, Australia, Estonia, France, Israel, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Catalan, and Holland. It is the first of Sally’s TANNIE MARIA MYSTERY series, and was followed this year by the equally delectable THE SATANIC MECHANIC, another charming novel with a killer combination of mystery, romance and sumptuous recipes.
Praise for RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER
‘A bright new talent, her fiction debut is a flavourful blend of the #1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY and the GOLDIE SCHULZseries, full of humour, romance and featuring a charming cast of characters.’ – Edinburgh Evening News
‘From South Africa, the debut novel that conquered the world. A book that perfectly mixes suspense and thriller with romance and fun.’ – Vero
‘Well written and evocative… an ideal gentle read with a frisson of excitement’ – Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times
‘RECIPES FOR LOVE & MURDER’ an intriguing mystery in an exotic locale is a work of enormous charm.’ - Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
Other accolades for Sally Andrew’s RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER
A Kirkus Best Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Mystery Book 2015
The Bookseller Fiction Editor’s Choice 2015
A Good Housekeeping Book of the Month
Longlisted for Barry Ronge Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2016
Oprah’s Book Club ‘16 Books for 2016’