Title: Rhino Charge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery #3)
Author: Victoria Tait
Published on: 5th Feb 2021
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rhino Charge is the third book in Victoria Tait’s Kenya Kanga Cozy mystery series. A Kenya setting, an elderly amateur sleuth and charmingly cozy storytelling, Kenya Kanga is one of my favorite series.
I read Rhino Charge twice. Once in December 2020 as a beta reader and then at the end of Jan 2021 – the final copy post feedback from Vicky’s beta readers. I loved the story both times. I must say this cozy albeit a little slow paced story is the perfect read for any season – be it winter or summer.
In the previous books of this series, we were introduced to a few characters (i.e. apart from the main character, Mama Rose) and they play a major role in Rhino Charge. We have Thabiti, Chloe and Sam – we saw these three in book #1 and #2. The other characters who appear only in this series include Kumar, Mayur, Deepak, Jono, Aatma and Lavanya. Then there’s Marina, Aatma’s cousin and a fellow runner at Kumar’s team.
Mama Rose and Chloe are going to Rhino Charge – a racing challenge. Thabiti is participating in the challenge as a mechanic for one of the teams. They meet Kumar, Marina and others at the venue. Kumar’s son Mayur is nasty and abuses his wife, Lavanya. Halfway through the race, Mayur’s car meets with an accident and the blame falls of Thabiti.
Mama Rose knows Thabiti is not responsible and wants to learn the truth about the accident. Will Mama Rose be able to solve this mystery before the participants pack up and leave?
If you haven’t been to Kenya before, do not worry. Victoria gives you a detailed description of life in Kenya – from the nagging trinket sellers to the Masai Tribes and wildlife, you are in for a visual treat when you read the Kenya Kanga series.
The storytelling is excellent and having read the first two books of this series, I would say the character development is fantastic. The recurring characters are now settling into their new lives – a couple of changes in the lives of Mama Rose, her husband Craig and Thabiti.
From Domestic Violence to Dowry Harassment, this story sends out a strong message on the difficulties few women face after marriage. The spotlight is on the two rival teams and their story – they have been at each other for decades now and at Rhino Charge, things get a little out of hand.
Rhino Charge is an informative, interesting and a charming cozy mystery. If you like cozy settings, amateur sleuths and a mystery with a twist, you wouldn’t want to miss reading Rhino Charge.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.