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A Death in the Medina

A Death in the Medina

Author(s): James von Leyden

Location(s): Marrakech

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary



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.

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5* for location and a good read but a little slow for a thriller

Author: Charl

I read this book as part of the TripFiction bookclub and overall I enjoyed it. I thought the setting of Marrakech was beautifully described and I was instantly taken back to a holiday I...

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Very atmospheric and rich in Moroccan culture…..

Author: MiriamSmith

Death stalks the medina of Marrakech . . . Set in Marrakech, Morocco this crime thriller ‘ A Death in the Medina”, written by James von Leyden is a highly atmospheric and rich in...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021