The #TFBookClub reads ‘A Death in the Medina’ set in Marrakech

6th December 2019

#TFBookClub January/February 2020. ‘A Death in the Medina’ set in Marrakech

Our latest #TFBookClub outing takes us on an investigation with 24-year-old detective Karim Belkacem to MARRAKECH, Morocco, for A Death in the Medina by James von Leyden..

Death stalks the medina of Marrakech . . .

Marrakech, August. It is the start of Ramadan, the hottest in memory. Among the few foreigners left in the sweltering city are a riad owner, her French boyfriend and an English girl whose bag has been stolen after a hen weekend. At the local commissariat 24-year old detective Karim Belkacem is struggling to fast while holding down two jobs to pay for his sister’s wedding. On the day that the English girl comes to him for help, a Moroccan girl is found dead, her body dumped in a handcart. Investigating, Karim uncovers a world of shadowy predators and ancient secrets hidden behind the high walls of the medina.

‘Clever, captivating and colourful; an absorbing thriller rich in atmosphere’

Forget your Rough Guides and Lonely Planets – a couple of pages of Death in the Medina will plunge you into a world of bustling souks and sumptuous riads

Apply for a copy to read along:

If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during January and early February 2020, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer PAPER or DIGITAL or EITHER – by midnight 17th December 2019. UK ONLY. The first names out of the hat on Wednesday 18th December 2019 will be sent copies of the book. After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.

We will be in touch if you are one of our lucky readers, and hopefully you’ll receive your copy of the book by the New Year! Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 17th December 2019!

Our first seventeen outings for the #TFBookClub have seen us travel the world, seeing different locations through the eyes of authors:

  • We have been #OnLiteraryLocation in SARDINIA with Rosanna Ley’s The Little Theatre By The Sea 
  • We have explored the sense of history in PRAGUE, reading Prague Nights by Benjamin Black
  • We have been on a real adventure to CENTRAL AMERICA with Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed 
  • We have been immersed in an intense relationship between two female writers in Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, set in NORTHUMBERLAND and the LAKE DISTRICT,
  • We have met Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva in 1930s CEYLON (now SRI LANKA), experiencing Trouble in Nuala
  • We have time-travelled to exotic GRANADA in historic ANDALUCIA SPAIN with Jane Johnson’s Court of Lions
  • We have dived into the beautiful CYCLADES in GREECE with Hannah Fielding’s Aphrodite’s Tears
  • We have returned to CEYLON (now SRI LANKA) with The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies
  • We have gone west to CORNWALL with One Cornish Summer by Liz Fenwick
  • We travelled to NORWAYSCOTLAND and FRANCE with The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting 
  • We were in wintry WALES with dark crime thriller Halfway by B. E. Jones
  • We endured a bitter winter and murder in SWEDEN with Red Snow, another Tuva Moodyson Mystery from author Will Dean
  • We have toured the artistic world – to LONDONNEW YORK CITYROME & the SOUTH OF FRANCE – with The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman.
  • We journeyed to IRELAND to smile at Future Popes of Ireland by Darragh Martin 
  • We explored old friendships in MALLORCA with Fanny Blake’s A Summer Reunion 
  • We have been on a dark journey to Victorian BIRMINGHAM with The Conviction of Cora Burns, Carolyn Kirby’s exquisitely crafted debut novel
  • And most recently we have looked at A Map of the Sky through the eyes of young Kit, in this enchanting novel by Claire Wong set in YORKSHIRE  

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  1. User: Tom Hocknell

    Posted on: 15/12/2019 at 9:25 am

    I’d like to be involved and read the paperback copy if possible please. Fingers crossed.


  2. User: Dawne Archer

    Posted on: 09/12/2019 at 8:53 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful idea. A Kindle copy would suit me best if I am chosen to receive one.


  3. User: Dawne Archer

    Posted on: 09/12/2019 at 8:42 pm

    I would love to be a part of this. A Kindle copy would suit me best if I get chosen. It sounds brilliant to read along with others and Marrakech is a city close to my heart. The other books the group has read also sound really interesting so I have some good book suggestions for next while


  4. User: Nita Joy Haddad

    Posted on: 08/12/2019 at 10:40 pm

    Would love a paperback! This book looks so interesting!


  5. User: Naomi

    Posted on: 08/12/2019 at 6:23 pm

    Paper please


  6. User: Suzanne Ryan

    Posted on: 08/12/2019 at 1:30 pm

    Digital copy please



    Posted on: 08/12/2019 at 9:33 am

    Paper copy please-love the sound of this one.


  8. User: Barbara Khan

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 1:26 pm

    I am happy with an e-copy. Marrakech is on my bucket list, so this is perfect! Thanks.


  9. User: Ruth Anne Sahin

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 12:11 pm

    I love paperbacks because I am one of those people who cover their books in post it notes and highlight bits I love This book sounds brilliant


  10. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 10:52 am

    I’d love the paper edition please


  11. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 8:58 am

    I loved Marrakesh apart from the camels’ heads hanging from the butchers’ stalls in the siouk. (I can’t decide where to put the apostrophes)! I would like a paper copy please.


  12. User: LisaRowsell

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 8:58 am

    I’d really love a paper copy please.


  13. User: Roisin Murray

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 7:49 am

    Really sounds interesting – would love a paperback copy.


  14. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 6:34 am

    A thriller set in a very hot Marrakech, this sounds a fabulous read for our cold months ahead.
    I would love a paper copy please.


  15. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 11:07 pm

    This sounds like a good read. I’d love a paper copy if possible, please.


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    • User: Tracey Turner

      Posted on: 07/12/2019 at 7:18 am

      Sounds like a good read. Would love a paper copy please.


  16. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 10:28 pm

    I’d love a paper copy please x


  17. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 10:14 pm

    Would love a paper copy.


  18. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 9:53 pm

    Oh and a paper copy would be brilliant. Thank you


  19. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 7:36 pm

    Paper copy please sounds intriguing


  20. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 6:36 pm

    Paper copy please. This sounds good!


  21. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 6:17 pm

    This sounds intriguing! A paper copy for me please.


  22. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 5:36 pm

    Sounds like the book has the potential to be very original and I do love getting to grips with a whole different culture and understanding how a community operates. Please count me in!


  23. User: Melanie Daniels

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 4:49 pm

    Hi, I’d love a paper copy please. This sounds really interesting!


  24. User: Barbara Holdhusen

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 4:48 pm

    Don’t mind paper or digital – either would be great!


  25. User: Sara Ainsworth

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 4:41 pm

    I would really love a paper copy, please.


  26. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 06/12/2019 at 4:23 pm

    Would love to be involved reading and reviewing. Paper copy please if possible.


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