The Final Bet by Abdelilah Hamdouchi

The Final Bet

Abdelilah Hamdouchi

This is a classic crime story. Rich old woman marries much younger man. When she is found stabbed one night, Othman, her unfaithful husband and the sole beneficiary of her will, is the the prime suspect. The author's strong political message, highlighting the flaws in the Moroccan police system, do not overpower what I found to be a quick and enjoyable, if slightly predictable, read.

Extract

The detective looked up and exchanged a glance with the inspector, who was standing with his elbow on the edge of the large fireplace. Alwaar took something down in his notebook.
'Listen, Othman,' he said in an official tone. 'I'll be straight with you. You're the only one who knows what happened. You've got to remember all the details.'
Othman grimaced as his eyes widened.
'That's it. I told you everything.'
The detective felt Othman's story didn't check out. There was clearly something wrong with the knife. It wasn't normal for killers to leave the murder weapon behind at the crime scene, unless something forced them to. Also, the knife wasn't still in the victim's stomach; someone pulled it out and left it next to her on the bed.
The detective swallowed with difficulty. For him, the murder weapon was always the fundamental clue in discovering the killer. And this point was shrouded in obscurity.

Parallels
  • Dead Man's Share (Inspector Llob Mystery) by Yasmina Khadra
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Books with similar mood

Still Life

Louise Penny

Death in Pont-Aven

Jean-Luc Bannalec

The Burgess Boys

Elizabeth Strout

The Sweet and Simple Kind

Yasmine Gooneratne

The India House

William Palmer

Speak the Truth, Laughing

Rose Zwi

The Outing

Audrey Corr

The Memory Game

Nicci French

Miss Chopsticks

Xinran -

Wild Geese

Lara Harte

Triangulation

Phil Whitaker

No Christian Grave

Edmund Power

Blessings

Anna Quindlen

A Little Stranger

Kate Pullinger

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Anthony & Ben Holden (eds)

The Snack Thief

Andrea Camilleri

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Ann Weisgarber

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

Jamilia

Chingiz Aitmatov

The Island

Victoria Hislop

Despite the Falling Snow

Shamim Sarif

A Crying Shame

Renate Dorrestein

Grandfather's Tale

Ulfat Idilbi

Coastal Treasure

Mark Alan Griffis

The Light Between Oceans

M L Stedman

Catching the Light

Karen Powell

Undue Influence

Anita Brookner

The Pact We Made

Layla AlAmmar

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Missing Nancy

Carolyn Lewis

The Pocket Guide to Being an Indian Girl

B K Mahal

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Revenge of the Middle-aged Woman

Elizabeth Buchan

River, Cross My Heart

Breena Clarke

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Tiffany Baker

Blue Murder

Cath Staincliffe

The Beekeeper's Pupil

Sara George

Fasting, Feasting

Anita Desai

How to Read the Air

Dinaw Mengestu

Luke and Jon

Robert Williams

Short Girls

Bich Minh Nguyen

Old Filth

Jane Gardam

Darling?

Heidi Jon Schmidt

Upstairs in the Tent

Cynthia Rogerson

Missing Joe

Stephen Thompson

The Happiest Days

Cressida Connolly

The Collector of Lost Things

Jeremy Page

Alice Bliss

Laura Harrington