For seven years, Maria (Maria Doyle Kennedy) wrote the recipe column for the Klein Karoo Gazette, so when it was decided an advice column would sell more papers, she just added advice to her recipes. The first advice-seeking letter she picks up is from Martine Burger (Tinarie van Wyk Loots), and it asks her to ignore a previous letter because her husband would kill her if he found out about it. Maria bases her first food/advice column on Martine’s difficulties (without revealing her name), and the column goes viral. Continue reading →
Weeks after two probably related homicides, a lot of Eden’s townspeople seem worthy of suspicion. Anna (Daneel Van Der Walt), Martine’s would-be lover shares a gun fetish with Martine’s husband Dirk (Bennie Fourie). The two take target practice together in the Dirk’s barn, and dream of assassinating whoever it was that killed Martine. The town’s business leaders seem to object to The Gazette’s articles on workers’ rights, but might be using that as a pretext to stop Maria and Jessie from pursuing their private investigations into the murders. And speaking of fetishes, the local real estate guy, Marius Rabie (Grant Swanby), tried to get back together with one of his exes by anonymously leaving a doughnut on her doorknob every morning. Continue reading →
RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER – Season 1 – Episodes 9 & 10 – SPOILERS
Tannie Maria hides from the killer
Jessie (Kylie Fisher) has been kidnapped, probably by the same person who killed Martine. In the course of her investigations, Tannie Maria (Maria Doyle Kennedy) figures out who the killer is when she comes across a handwritten copy of the curry recipe she published in response to murder victim Martine’s letters in Episode One. The murderer catches Maria before she can catch him, and takes her to his cabin where he first imprisons her in a shed containing several dead animal carcasses, then forces her to cook him a steak. He tells Maria: “You see all those carcasses out there in the shed? I did that. I killed everything here. That’s how I knew I could do it. That’s how I knew I could kill a human.” (Those dead animals are being stored in the shed at room temperature, and if the killer has been eating that meat, a parasitic infection might well be responsible for his violent behaviour.) Using a frying pan as a weapon, Maria escapes and flees into the surrounding hills.
Both Martine and Maria had abusive husbands, and both of those men complained about the quality of the food prepared by their wives. This brings to mind the scene in THE GRUDGE 2 in which Jennifer Beals responds to a similar situation by whacking her abusive hubby with a cast iron skillet (after first pouring bacon grease over his head). Continue reading →
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