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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
The Meerkat Murders by R. J. Corgan is a murder mystery that delves into the darker side of human nature under the volatile skies of the Kalahari when Dr. Kea Wright is invited to join a research expedition by her good friend Tamaya Rose. This expedition, comprised of students and teachers from Burlingame University of San Diego, is studying several meerkat clans in Botswana. Kea’s initial surprise at being invited is pushed aside by a sequence of events that eventually leads to two deaths; one seemingly through sheer bad luck and one more sinister in nature. How Kea slowly unravels the mystery behind these tragic losses, whilst dealing with the majesty and brutality of the environment in which she is placed, will hold you captive until the very last word.
R. J. Corgan’s The Meerkat Murders is a slick and sublimely constructed voyage into the world of the African wilderness, juxtaposing the widely varied nature of human beings with the equally varied extremes of the ecosystem. Parts of this book will make you cringe at the depths of depravity people can plumb in pursuit of their own agendas, whilst other parts showcase the good that we are all capable of doing. The characters brought to life are all real, and I had no trouble relating to any of them. Dr. Kea Wright’s somewhat satirical side was made manifest in an amusing and appropriately weighted way that allowed me to form a close bond with her character. I also enjoyed Professor Addi Rose, whose offbeat persona was a refreshing breeze to those around him. This was a very good read punctuated by the most appropriate ending possible.