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Wife of the Gods – by Kwei Quartey

June 24, 2011

This mystery takes place in contemporary Ghana, portraying the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Accra as well as small rural communities where witchcraft still influences the villagers. Inspector Darko Dawson is assigned to investigate the murder of a young medical school student in a part of the countryside where his mother suddenly disappeared twenty-five years ago. The student also volunteered as an AIDS outreach counselor, and her work clashed at times with the village priest who, according to custom, takes teenage girls as wives.

The mystery is fairly satisfying and Quartey’s character development is great. I liked the complexity and depth to Inspector Dawson. If you like Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, you might enjoy this book (though it’s slightly darker). Wife of the Gods is also similar in style to Tarquin Hall’s The Case of the Missing Servant.

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