This intriguing “Whodunnit” is structured like a celestial game of Cluedo. Its easy to see why Canton won the Booker prize for this award, at the very young age of 28. It is a book that is rich in texture, carefully plotted out and infused with different layers of telling.
The story is based in Hokitika, New Zealand, during the 19th century gold rush. We enter the story through Walter Moody’s eyes, a young Scotsman who has recently landed on Hokitika’s shores, and is swiftly drawn into a murder-mystery involving a deceased hermit, a suicidal whore, a missing mmillionaireand a pile of stolen gold.
The book’s characters are so carefully developed, and the story waxes and wanes like the planetary systems that Canton used as a model. While it may be thick, don’t be intimidated, once I was drawn into the intrigue, I couldn’t put it down.
I paired this one with the Springfontein Chenin Blanc, as well as the Rupert & Rothschild Classique, rich and flavoursome with complex notes of raspberry, plum and fig, this wine will delight your palate as much as this book will delight your mind.