“With the gritty streets of Joburg as a backdrop, Angela Makholwa delves with assurance into that most deadly of South African preoccupations: serial murder. Her protagonist is chillingly at home in the corridors of C-Max in a psychological thriller you might prefer to read with the lights on.” – Jenny Crwyswilliams
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Black Widow Society
In 1994 when South Africans were finally seeing the light of freedom and independence, three well-respected businesswomen – Talullah Ntuli, Edna Whithead and Nkosazana Dlamini – formed the Black Widow Society, a secret organisation aimed at liberating women trapped in emotionally and physically abusive relationships by assisting in ‘eliminating’ their errant husbands.
For fifteen years the Black Widow Society operated undetected, impeccably run by The Triumvirate with the help of their suave and mysterious hired gun, Mzwakhe Khuzwayo, a slick ex-convict meticulous in his responsibilities. But as the secret organisation recruits more members, the wheels of this well-oiled machine threaten to fall off. Will Talullah’s controlling streak or Nkosazana’s unfettered material aspirations jeopardise the future of the Black Widow Society? Or perhaps one of the new recruits, unsettled by the reality of the elimination of her former husband, will lose her nerve and expose the workings of the group after all this time?
As the tension mounts, Black Widow Society builds to a chilling and bloody climax that will keep you guessing and riveted until the very last page.
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Angela Makholwa Moabelo is a South African author born and raised in the East Rand township of Tembisa. Angela worked as a journalist, reporting mostly on crime in the 1990’s. As a young journalist, Angela was concerned about the scourge of crime in South Africa and focused her energies on covering crime stories in the townships of Johannesburg. In the late 1990’s, South Africa’s East Rand townships were gripped by a wave of violent rapes and killings of young women. A pattern emerged that led police to believe that a serial killer was behind these crimes. Like many crime reporters, Angela followed this story with interest until the killer was finally arrested and convicted of serial homicide.
He was given multiple life sentences and went onto serve his jail term at the Pretoria Maximum Security Prison. The man approached Angela to write a book on his life story. After months of visiting the maximum security prison in order to gather research material for the biography, Angela decided to abandon the project due to professional and personal reasons. The serial killer started sending disturbing letters to her postal address, which further exacerbated her decision to terminate the project.
A few years later, she decided to resuscitate the manuscript in the form of a fictional novel, which was published by Pan Macmillan in 2007 under the title ‘Red Ink’. The book was the first South African crime thriller with an African female protagonist.
Angela went onto publish The 30th Candle in 2009 and The Black Widow Society in 2013.
Angela has gained critical and popular acclaim for her contribution to African literature and has been nominated for several literary awards. The crime and women’s fiction writer has been invited to speak at a number of local and international literary events and is committed to the advancement of literature on the African continent.
She works with a number of South African writers to encourage the love of reading amongst township and rural youth through various initiatives, including Read SA, a non-profit organisation.
Angela Makholwa Moabelo is currently working on her fourth fiction novel due for release in the last quarter of 2017. When she is not writing, Angela runs digital marketing and communications agency Britespark Communications in Midrand, Johannesburg and is Non-Executive Director at legal insurance company, LIPCO Law For All.
She is married with two children and... one husband.
In order to purge herself of the demons of ageing that were haunting her, she devoted this episode of her life to penning her next novel, "The 30th Candle" - a book that revolves around four university friends who deal differently with the milestone of turning 30.
The "Black Widow Society" followed in 2013 - the book is the realisation of a dream to write a crime suspense novel that will hopefully challenge and entertain the reader... while giving them a sleepless night or two.