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New Clare Hart Crime Novel by Margie Orford: Water Music

Water MusicMargie Orford, the queen of SA crime fiction, returns with Water Music:

When an emaciated child is found on an icy Cape mountainside, profiler Dr Clare Hart is baffled that no one has reported her missing. Where does she come from, who does she belong to? To further complicate matters, a distraught man pleads with Clare to find his missing granddaughter, Rosa, a gifted but troubled young cellist who has abandoned her music scholarship.

In a race against time, Clare battles to unravel the two cases and locate the missing Rosa. As winter tightens its grip, she is confronted by chilling secrets in a context where criminals act with increasing impunity and the police can no longer be trusted. Amidst the frenzy of the investigation, Clare must also bear a secret of her own.

Water Music is a page-turner with a masterly plot that will keep you reading to the last sentence. It is the fifth novel in Margie Orford’s Clare Hart series, which has been published to international acclaim.

About the author

Margie Orford is a South African crime novelist. She is also well-known as an award winning journalist, film director and author of children’s fiction, non-fiction and school text books.

Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa. While at the University of Cape Town she wrote for Varsity and was detained during the State of Emergency in 1985. She wrote her final exams in prison. After traveling widely, she studied under JM Coetzee, and worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia. Here she became involved in training through the African Publishers Network. In 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. While in New York she worked on a groundbreaking archival retrieval project, Women Writing Africa: The Southern Volume.

Margie Orford is the author of five fiction novels published through Jonathan Ball: Like Clockwork, Blood Rose, Daddy’s Girl, Gallows Hill and, in 2013 Water Music.

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