Detective Emmanuel Cooper

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,039 ratings

A Beautiful Place to Die Publisher's Summary

Unfolding in 1952 South Africa, A Beautiful Place to Die is a riveting international mystery that flows from the pen of author Malla Nunn.

Police officer Emmanuel Cooper is dispatched to a remote town after a police captain is found murdered in a creek. Even though Cooper judges the crime open and shut, the government's feared Special Branch is summoned, making for an intrigue that will titillate any mystery fan.

©2009 Malla Nunn; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • A Beautiful Place to Die

    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 723
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 574
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 574

    Unfolding in 1952 South Africa, A Beautiful Place to Die is a riveting international mystery that flows from the pen of author Malla Nunn. Police officer Emmanuel Cooper is dispatched to a remote town after a police captain is found murdered in a creek. Even though Cooper judges the crime open and shut, the government's feared Special Branch is summoned, making for an intrigue that will titillate any mystery fan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth listening to both as mystery and history

    • By Majorie on 05-26-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Beautiful Place to Die

    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    The first in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper series, A Beautiful Place to like a brilliant combination of Raymond Chandler and Die marks the debut of a talented writer who reads Graham Greene. It is a tale of murder, passion, corruption, and the corrosive double standard that defined an apartheid nation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Robyn on 01-19-15

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 2

    • Let the Dead Lie

    • A Novel
    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    The follow-up to her much-acclaimed debut, A Beautiful Place to Die, Malla Nunn’s Let the Dead Lie takes listeners back to 1953 South Africa. When Cooper discovers the body of a young child on the Durban docks, he resists the urge to figure out what happened and leaves it for the local police. But after he is accused of the crime, he has 48 hours to clear his name and find a depraved killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner!

    • By Cary on 10-08-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Let the Dead Lie

    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    In Let the Dead Lie, Emmanuel Cooper is a changed man. Forced to resign from his position of Detective Sergeant and re-classified as 'mixed race', he winds up powerless and alone in the tough coastal city of Durban, filling his days with labouring and his nights with surveillance work for his old boss, van Neikerk. Patrolling the freight yards one evening, Emmanuel stumbles upon the body of a young white boy, and the detective in him cannot, or will not, walk away.

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 3

    • Blessed Are The Dead: The Detective Emmanuel Cooper series, Book 3

    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    A remote town. A girl of rare and exquisite beauty. A murder that silences a whole community. The body of a seventeen-year-old girl has been found covered in wildflowers on a hillside in the Drakensberg Mountains, near Durban. She is the daughter of a Zulu chief, destined to fetch a high bride price. Was Amahle as innocent as her family claims, or is her murder a sign that she lived a secret life? Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glad to hear Emmanuel back

    • By DRae on 09-22-17

    Regular price: $34.07

    • Silent Valley

    • Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper, Book 3
    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    The body of a 17-year-old girl has been found covered in wildflowers on a hillside in the Drakensberg Mountains, near Durban. She is the daughter of a Zulu chief, destined to fetch a high bride price. Was Amahle as innocent as her family claims, or is her murder a sign that she lived a secret life? Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate. He must enter the guarded worlds of a traditional Zulu clan and a white farming community to gather up the clues Amahle left behind and bring her murderer to justice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • GOOD JOB MALLA NUNN

    • By Ben on 09-07-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 4

    • Present Darkness

    • By: Malla Nunn
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: a respectable white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala— the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala—Cooper’s best friend and a man to whom he owes his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brillliant ! Wonderful !

    • By Glenn on 05-04-15

    Regular price: $30.54