Teen thriller book launch

Who did it? Acting out the murder plot at Exclusive Cavendish book launch.

Sally Partridge launched her latest book, The Witches of Hogsback, at Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square, on Saturday July 1.

This was no ordinary launch. The Durbanville author had participants acting out a murder mystery game and being tested on their witchy knowledge with a chilling quiz for a chance to win prizes of books and gift vouchers.

The book is aimed at teens from 13 to 16 but older readers and fans also joined in the fun.

The story is about Zelda, a self-proclaimed do-gooder who cannot stay quiet if she sees something wrong. Unfortunately, this does not win her any popularity contests, and even her ex-boyfriend does not want to put up with her anymore.

Desperate to escape for a while, Zelda signs up for the school’s hiking trip to Hogsback. She stumbles upon a mystery that no one wants to solve – the death of local teen – and is soon neck-deep in trouble, from having her room vandalised to almost being killed. Someone clearly does not want her solving the murder.

Her prime suspects are the group of teenagers known as the “witches of Hogsback”, but are they really witches? There is more to this case than meets the eye.

With their prizes, Chloe Mulder, of Century City, and Grace Kester, of Wynberg.
Playing the quiz, Leilah Abrahams, of Bo Kaap; Ruby Oldroyd, of Pinelands; and Chloe Mulder, of Century City.
What is the answer? Grace Kester of Wynberg.
Leilah Abrahams, of Bo Kaap, thinks she has the right answer.
Playing their parts in the murder mystery, from left, author Sally Partridge, Sam Marshall, Petula Ballakistan, Leilah Abrahams, Chloe Mulder, Ruby Oldroyd and Grace Kester.