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Crime Fiction

"My personal framing of African crime fiction is that it incorporates phenomena that might not be commonly found in fiction of Western origin, which relies largely on hard quantifiable evidence, motive and opportunity, alibis and the mechanics of timing and murder. In African crime fiction, other factors intervene eg. the role of beliefs, magical thinking and something called 'spiritually-caused death', which comes about by preternatural means. Other phenomena include indigenous healers, juju, ritual murder, and curses, all of which can disguise the truth of whodunit and how. These types of indigenous beliefs can coexist with and are not mutually exclusive of good, African detective work in the physical realm..." - Kwei Qaurtey

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Dead Dead Girls

A Harlem Renaissance Mystery: Book #1

By Nekesa Afia
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

“In this terrific series opener, Afia evokes the women’s lives in all their wayward and beautiful glory, especially the abruptness with which their dreams, hopes and fears cease to exist.”--The New York Times

The start of an exciting new historical mystery series set during the Harlem Renaissance from debut author Nekesa Afia


Harlem, 1926. Young... Read more »

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The Lazarus Effect

Vee Johnson Mysteries: Book #1

By H.J. Golakai
Narrated by: Motshidi Moshegwa
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

Voinjama Johnson is a woman on the brink of a dark, downward spiral. Suffering from misfortunes past and present, all Vee has is her work as an investigative journalist to hang on to. Now her career, like her sanity, is under fire. A revenant haunts Vee's steps – during her blackouts, the ghost of a strange teenage girl in a red woollen hat... Read more »

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The Score

Vee Johnson Mysteries: Book #2

By H.J. Golakai
Narrated by: Motshidi Moshegwa
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

In this fabulous follow-up to the internationally acclaimed The Lazarus Effect, newspaper reporter Vee Johnson reprieves her role as Cape Town's most feisty female investigator. Vee and her ever-faithful sidekick, Chloe Bishop, have been banished from City Chronicle's newsroom to review a tourist lodge in sleepy Oudtshoorn. But Vee and Chloe are... Read more »

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Haiti Noir

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By Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by: Robin Miles, Peter Jay Fernandez & Rachel Leslie
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat edits this collection of stories that puts a noir twist on the Haitian experience. From kidnappings gone wrong to deadly sibling rivalries, Haiti Noir features some of the Caribbean nation's leading voices, including Gary Victor, Evelyne Trouillot, Kettly Mars, and Patrick Sylvain. "This anthology will give... Read more »

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Accra Noir

By Nana-Ama Danquah
Narrated by: Nana-Ama Danquah, Anniwaa Buachie & Kofi Boakye
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Now, Accra joins Lagos, Nairobi, Marrakech, and Addis Ababa in representing the African continent in the Noir... Read more »

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Black Noir

Mystery, Crime, and Suspense Fiction by African-American Writers

By Otto Penzler
Narrated by: Sean Crisden & Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes

Some of the best-known and most influential pieces of crime fiction have been from African American writers. Be it Walter Mosley's great detective Easy Rawlins, or the mean streets of Harlem at the hands of Chester Himes, the stories and characters in this anthology have shaped the mystery genre with their own unique viewpoints and styles.... Read more »

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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours

Razorblade Tears

“At once gritty and graphic, tender and heart wrenching, Razorblade Tears is the story of two fathers hardened by life circumstances and their respective prejudices who seek vengeance against those who killed their gay sons. The audio was perfection. We NEED this novel to be on the big screen, with Denzel Washington playing Ike. ”

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Harlem Shuffle

A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

Harlem Shuffle

“A tribute to Harlem...a mystery...so well written, and great characters too!”

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Blacktop Wasteland

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

A New York Times Notable Books of 2020

"Narrator Adam Lazarre-White's voice exudes confidence and depth; his performance is an example of how the best audiobooks deliver pure storytelling." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

This...

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Blanche on the Lam

Blanche White: Book #1

By Barbara Neely
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there's a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So... Read more »

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Lightseekers

By Femi Kayode
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

A respected Nigerian psychologist travels to a remote southern border town to uncover the truth about the murder of three university students.

When Dr. Philip Taiwo is called on by a powerful Nigerian politician to investigate the public torture and murder of three university students in Port Harcourt, he has no idea that he’s about to be... Read more »

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

By Oyinkan Braithwaite
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 4 hours 14 minutes

My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer is one of the best books to come along in quite a while — fast, funny, and completely engrossing. Oyinkan Braithwaite offers up a tale of Nigerian sisters Ayoola, a beautiful and sociopathic serial killer who destroys boyfriends, aware that all they ever want her for is her appearance, and Korede, a nurse whose average looks leave her continually passed up in preference for Ayoola. Still, taciturn and devoted Korede works hard to cover up her charming sister’s crimes. What will happen when they both fall for the same guy? At once a page-turner and a perversely righteous tale about the emptiness of physical beauty and the superficiality of being charmed by it, My Sister, the Serial Killer is entertaining, provoking, and utterly fascinating!”

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Death by His Grace

Inspector Darko Dawson Mysteries: Book #4

By Kwei Quartey
Narrated by: Corey Allen
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

Katherine Yeboah's marriage to Solomon Vanderpuye is all the talk of Accra high society. But when it becomes apparent that Katherine is infertile, Solomon's extended family accuses her of being a witch, hounding her until the relationship is so soured Solomon feels compelled to order Katherine out of the house they shared. Alone on her last... Read more »

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Wife of the Gods

A Novel

By Kwei Quartey
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 9 hours 21 minutes

Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a good family man and a remarkably intuitive sleuth, is sent to the village of Ketanu—the site of his mother's disappearance many years ago—to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker.

While battling his own anger issues and concerns for his ailing son, Darko explores the motivations and secrets of... Read more »

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Sleep Well, My Lady

Emma Djan Investigation: Book #2

By Kwei Quartey
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

In the follow-up to the acclaimed series debut The Missing American, PI Emma Djan investigates the death of a Ghanaian fashion icon and social media celebrity, Lady Araba. Hard-hitting talk show host Augustus Seeza has become a household name in Ghana, though notorious for his lavish overspending, alcoholism, and womanizing. He’s dating the... Read more »

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The Missing American

Emma Djan Investigation: Book #1

By Kwei Quartey
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 13 hours 14 minutes

Accra private investigator Emma Djan's first missing persons case will lead her to the darkest depths of the email scams and fetish priests in Ghana, the world's Internet capital. When her dreams of rising through the Accra police ranks like her late father crash around her, 26-year-old Emma Djan is unsure what will become of her career. Through... Read more »

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