Wife of the Gods

Wife of the Gods

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"Fans of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency may have a new hero: Detective Inspector Darko Dawson."-- The Wall Street Journal

Introducing Detective Inspector Darko Dawson: dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field--and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. When we first meet Dawson, he's been ordered by his cantankerous boss to leave behind his loving wife and young son in Ghana's capital city to lead a murder investigation: In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman--a promising medical student--has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. Dawson is fluent in Ketanu's indigenous language, so he's the right man for the job, but the local police are less than thrilled with an outsider's interference. For Dawson, this sleepy corner of Ghana is rife with emotional land mines: an estranged relationship with the family he left behind twenty-five years earlier and the painful memory of his own mother's inexplicable disappearance. Armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, Dawson soon finds his cosmopolitan sensibilities clashing with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered to fetish priests as trokosi, or Wives of the Gods. Delving deeper into the student's haunting death, Dawson will uncover long-buried secrets that, to his surprise, hit much too close to home.

Praise for Wife of the Gods

"An absolute gem . . . mystery fans have an important new voice to savor." -- Los Angeles Times

"Full of suspense, humor and plot twists . . . Quartey's remarkable characters give the reader a worthy whodunit." -- Ebony

"[A] winning debut . . . Dawson is a wonderful creation, a man as rich with contradictions as the Ghana Quartey so delightfully evokes." -- Publishers Weekly

"Engrossing . . . [Quartey] renders a compelling cast of characters. . . . Fans of McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency will relish the opportunity to discover yet another intriguing area of Africa." -- Booklist (starred review)
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9780812979367
Branch Call Number: M QUA
Characteristics: x, 319 p. :,map ;,21 cm


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Oct 07, 2017

Picked this book at random. I really enjoyed it and was happy to find out that the author has penned many more. I look forward to reading the series! Great who done it.

Aug 14, 2017

Darko Dawson's not keen on being sent out of Accra, Ghana, in this debut police procedural. The death of a young woman has prompted a request for an "expert" detective, guaranteed to set on edge the teeth of the local police. Darko doesn't really want to go to this specific place, as 23 years before, his mother disappeared there on a visit to her sister. The murder of a lovely young pre-med student brings out the worst in many, as the area is still highly superstitious, and some people believe in witchcraft as well. Darko believes in logic, though he has some anger management issues. I began with a later book in the series, but I prefer to begin at the beginning. I was glad to be able to quickly find this first in the series. Quartey gives us a wonderful sense of place, character, pacing, and a feel for what the people wear and eat. Highly recommended.

Jan 28, 2016

Kwei Quartey gives us portraits of each character with all their flaws and talents as well as their setting in Ghana. I relished the descriptions of the forest, the traffic, and the customs and dress. Dr. Quartey's talent for description drew me into the story. Darko Dawson is not a perfect person, but he is a sympathetic character. I look forward to reading the next books in the series and hope it will be a long series.

PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

When Inspector Detective Darko Dawson is sent to a small village to investigate a murder he is drawn back into the mysterious disappearance of his own mother when he was a child.

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