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Book Launch: Balthasar’s Gift by Charlotte Otter

Balthasar's Gift

Charlotte Otter at Frankfurt

Charlotte Otter at Frankfurt

Charlotte Otter, author of Balthasar’s Gift will be in South Africa in June to promote her debut crime fiction novel. It’s the first in a series featuring detective, Maggie Cloete, an investigative journalist who lives in Pietermaritzburg.

Charlotte Otter lives in Germany now, and her novel was first published in German. She is a journalist by training, and began her career as a trainee reporter on The Witness and The Star, before working at The Citizen as a crime and court reporter. She then moved to Anglo American and De Beers to do corporate communications. Charlotte relocated to Germany in 1996 to work for the German technology company SAP. She then freelanced for many years, writing for De Beers, SAP World, SAP Spectrum, EMBO encounters, Buzzine and the South African Marie Claire. She now works at SAP as a corporate communicator.Read more about Charlotte and her life and work here.

Charlotte will be launching her book in Pietermaritzburg on the 5th June at the Tatham Cafe and in Durban on the 11th June at Adams in Musgrave, in Cape Town at The Book Lounge on the 17th June, in Joburg at Love Books on the 19th June.

This title has already been published to critical acclaim in Germany:
Balthasar’s Gift is the hard-hitting overture to what we hope will be a long series. Die Welt
Abrasive, fast and instructive. Das Stern
Balthasar’s Gift is a scorching debut – from the Blog: Krimi-Couch

Maybe it was an error for crime reporter Maggie Cloete to ignore the call from the softly-spoken man. Now he is dead. Someone put four bullets in Balthasar’s chest. It is post-apartheid South Africa, at the turn of the century. In Pietermaritzburg, capital of KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC rules. However, in the townships and villages, fear and superstition rule too. Is it a political murder? Maggie’s instincts are on red alarm, and during the search for the truth, she comes up against both gangsters and politicians – and has their henchmen on her tail. However threats and attacks against her make her even more stubborn and determined. She learns too much about Balthasar’s life and his work at the AIDS Mission to be distant and professional. She is deeply, and dangerously, involved. Balthasar’s Gift continues the tradition of pacy, hard-boiled South African crime fiction.

Modjaji Books and The Book Lounge are delighted to invite you to join us for the launch of Balthasar’s Gift by Charlotte Otter. Charlotte will be in conversation with Sam Wilson.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 17 June 2014
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town 8001
  • Guest Speaker: Sam Wilson
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine and a snack
  • RSVP: The Book Lounge,, 021 462 2425

Book Details
Balthasar's Gift


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