Monday, August 31, 2009

Wife of the Gods - Book #75

Title Wife of the Gods
Author Kwei Quartey
Genre Adult Mystery
Pages 312
Publisher Random House
Copyright 2009

Synopsis (from web-site)
An original debut novel set in Ghana, is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. Darko's own mother disappeared from this same village many years ago, and as the mystery unfolds, the reader meets a rich cast of characters, and learns about Trokosi, a system where young teenage girls are sent to live with fetish priests to bring good fortune to their families. Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu, and in addition to solving a recent murder, discovers the shocking truth about his own mother's disappearance.

Why I read It
Mystery is my favorite genre and Kwei Quartey met my requirement of being a foreign author. Ghanaian fiction doesn’t come my way to often so I got it.

The Good
A good first effort and a decent mystery plot. Quite educational for learning a bit about Ghana, a country I definitely know nothing about.

The Bad
Like a lot of first efforts, the dialogue was stilted occasionally, and the overall direction of the mystery was slightly telegraphed.

The Ugly (my opinion)
A good first book intended to be part of an ongoing series. I will be continuing with this author with his further books.

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Dr. Kwei Quartey was born in Ghana and raised by an African American mother and a Ghanaian father, both of whom were university lecturers. Even though his professional writing career began after he became a physician, his desire to be a writer started at a very early age.

Kwei Quartey now lives in Pasadena, California. He writes early in the morning before setting out to work at HealthCare Partners, where he runs a wound care clinic and is the lead physician at an urgent care center.


Anonymous said...

-sounds a bit hinky for me during this my "light" reading period. Would you agree? -- Cousin H

TStevens said...

I learned a lot about Ghana from this book - but then I knew nothing.