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Reapers: A Botswana Mystery    by Frederick Ramsay order for
by Frederick Ramsay
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Reapers is the second in the Botswana Mystery series by Frederick Ramsay. In it, South Africa is swarming with dignitaries from all over the world North Koreans, Russians, Arabs, Okavango, French, Chinese, as well as the American Secretary of State to attend the World Cup games.

Sports is ostensibly the reason for the gathering of so many countries' representatives; intrigue raises its head as each country watches the others. Fanatics have decided that this would be a good time to orgonize the continent. Orgone, these ill-advised souls believe, will purify Africa, eliminating drought, poverty, and HIV/AIDs. Noble thought, but pouring an unnatural element into the waters of Africa is not likely to cure the continent's problems.

Sanderson, Game Ranger in Chobe National Park, finds a body which leads her and Inspector Kgabo Modise to disover evidence of local bribery, smuggling, and the possibility of an international incident.

Now we look at the wildlife of the Park, in particular the silverback mountain gorillas. Patriache, the leader of his family, feels threatened by one of the Congo's many bloody war lords. He realizes the value of a weapon.

Reapers has a convoluted plot that works. Exciting, suspenseful and with a cast of characters that fit their roles. Ranger Sanderson is especially welcome back to my library. I hope to read more of this independent woman, who manages successfully in a part of the world where it is hard for a woman to carve a career for herself.

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