27. Wife of the Gods

by Kwei Quartey

Great book by a first time novelist. Wife of The Gods is a mystery set in a small village in Ghana. A young female med student is murdered in Ketanu on her way home from distributing information about AIDS. Her murder is pinned on a local boy widely thought to be a troublemaker. Darko Dawson, an investigator in Accra, is called in from the big city to help solve the crime. When the Chief of Police, who resents having him there, is convinced that it is an open and shut case, Dawson must continue to pursue the truth on his own.

Its not easy finding the truth in a village that carries cell phones, but still puts a lot of faith in the powerful medicine men who have connections to the case. Further muddying the case is Dawson’s own past and his family currently living in Ketanu. It turns out his own mother went missing from the village when he was just a boy.

I plan to make more of an effort to read more novels on contemporary Africa and this mystery is a wonderful start to that. If you like The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, you will like this also.

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