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by Kwei Quartey

eBook Wife of the Gods: A Novel (A Darko Dawson Mystery) epub
  • ISBN: 0812979362
  • Author: Kwei Quartey
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • ePUB size: 1656 kb
  • FB2 size 1204 kb
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Kwei Quartey’s wonderful Inspector Darko Dawson mystery, Wife of the Gods, brings to vivid life a character and a setting that no mystery fan should miss

Kwei Quartey’s wonderful Inspector Darko Dawson mystery, Wife of the Gods, brings to vivid life a character and a setting that no mystery fan should miss. Charles Todd, author of A Matter of Justice: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery. Start reading Wife of the Gods: A Novel (A Darko Dawson Mystery Book 1) on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Quartey, Kwei, Wife Of The Gods: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery. In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman-a promising med student-has been found dead under suspicious circumstances.

Book Description Lyrical and captivating, Kwei Quartey’s debut novel brings to life the majesty and charm of. .In Wife of the Gods, these cultural webs are woven into a murder mystery

In a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, a young woman-a promising med student-has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. In Wife of the Gods, these cultural webs are woven into a murder mystery. The book title itself conjures up in the mind the connection of the physical, tangible world with a realm in which gods dwell. For some in Ghana, the two coexist in everyday life.

Wife of the Gods: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery is a Ghanaian-American detective novel by doctor and novelist Kwei Quartey. First published in 2009 by Random House, it is his debut novel. Focusing on a detective, Inspector Darko Dawson, as he investigates the murder of a medical student in a remote area of Ghana, the author shows the conflict between scientific medical knowledge and the prominence of traditional healers.

Wife of the Gods book. A powerful beginning for Kwei Quartey's debut novel, "Wife of the Gods", no question. When reading mystery novels set in countries other than one’s own, the reader may enjoy many details of everyday life that bring an unfamiliar region to life. It is his debut novel. The novel focuses on a detective, Inspector Darko Dawson, as he investigates the murder of a medical student in a remote area of Ghana. The novel focuses on the conflict between scientific medical knowledge and the prominence of traditional healers. Much of the plot focuses on the indentured servants of these "witch doctors", known as the trokosi

The case brings Inspector Dawson to the deep forests of Ghana's remote interior, where he encounters a conflict familiar to many in the country: science versus superstition. This is a topic of particular interest for Quartey, who practices medicine in California, but was raised in Ghana.

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Автор: Quartey Kwei, Quartey Kwei Название: Wife of the Gods ISBN: 1400163412 ISBN-13(EAN) .

Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police has personal as well as professional reasons to find the killer fast: Katherine was the first cousin of his wife, Christine, who is devastated by the tragedy.

A Darko Dawson Mystery. Kwei Quartey was born in Ghana, the son of a Ghanaian man and an African-American woman. Quartey does a good job giving us a sense of the Ghanian culture in which the story is set- though I can't vouch for its accuracy, it feels right. Random House Publishing Group. When his father died, he moved to the United States with his mother and he is now a practicing physician in California. The mystery is well crafted, with a surprise twist, and personal connections for Darko.

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.
Comments: (7)
Risky Strong Dromedary
I certainly enjoyed reading Kwei Quartey's Wife of the Gods. It's a mystery. The setting is Africa, Accra and surroundings. The main detective or policemen is Dawson. He is searching for who murdered a woman named Gladys Mensha.Gladys' work involved keeping in touch with people who were HIV positive or had Aids. She also worked to educate the community about the illnesses. From the very beginning, I liked Gladys. I never had a doubt about her good character. So I really wanted to know who had hurt her so brutally.

As the book went on I could never figure out who killed her. Well, I did guess the right person. I just couldn't come up with their motive or motives for murder. While Dawson hunts down Gladys Mensha's killer, he also contends with problems at home. His son has a hole in his heart and needs treatment. It is during this situation that Dawson's flaw in character shows up. When a medicine healer is careless while giving treatment to Christine and Dawson's son, Dawson flips out. His way of reacting seems over the top.

I did like the fact that the detective/policeman wasn't perfect. At the same time, I wanted Dawson to quickly take anger management classes. In the novel, there are other police officers who seem to have anger problems. In this instance, I felt sickened by the way Samuel is treated after he is arrested and jailed. He is almost forced to make a confession of guilt. His treatment is ghastly. Is the way we get statements from people in some police precincts here or abroad so reckless and brutal? I pray not. Samuel is one of the unforgettable characters in the novel.

I think most of the incidents in Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey are quite serious and not to be flipped over. He gives so much information about family life, religion and justice in Africa. I look forward to heading back there with Kwei Quartey and eating cooked plaintains along the way in another mystery.kweiquartey.com/
Uafrmaine
Darko, the child is frightened as the mother disappears into nothing; Darko Dawson, the adult, has a recurring dream: his mother walks with him through the forest and urges him along... It is not any forest, but a forest he remembers from his childhood, near the village of Ketanu, the place where his mother disappeared all these years ago. A powerful beginning for Kwei Quartey's debut novel, "Wife of the Gods", no question. And the village and the forest around, beautifully evoked, take centre stage in the action when Darko, now a Detective Inspector returns to "assist" the local police in a murder investigation. Not being generally drawn to crime or police procedural stories, I have recently been intrigued by several of those by African writers, eg. Moussa Konate (Mali) and Michael Stanley (South Africa). In fact, I have found that their ability to successfully embed a fast-moving murder mystery into a broader-based portrayal of cultural environments that allows us glimpses, or more, into the socio-cultural diversity of their society. Kwei Quartei follows this emerging African genre with his story, set in the Volga region of northern Ghana, an area where long-held beliefs clash with modern (urban) convictions, where a traditional healer and a fetish priest can have more power over the local people than any efforts to apply justice and/or to protect innocents.

The novels title, 'Wife of the Gods', refers to a local tradition, the "trokosi": young girls are "offered" to the fetish priest to sacrifice their lives at the religious shrine to atone for a crime comitted by one member of their family. When they are old enough, the young women serve the priest in every way and bear his children. Gladys Mensah, a volunteer with the Ghana Health Service, has been supporting the "wives" in whatever way possible. The spread of AIDS is one serious concern to her. One day Gladys is found dead in the forest and DI Darko Dawson is sent from Accra to ensure that the guilty person is convicted of the crime...

Darko is a personable sort of character, a family man, usually jovial, yet with a few flaws of character, and his own sense of justice - sometimes. His assignment takes him back to that forest of his childhood nightmares and Ketanu, the village that he had not visited in 25 years, since his mother didn't return from a stay at her sister's place there. There is much ground to cover in this novel, starting with the murder suspects, the victim and her environment, and the fetish priest, his "trokosi" and their surroundings to the actual details of the murder investigation. While, understandably in a cross-genre novel like this, not all aspects can be covered with as much detail or depth as I for one would have liked, Quartey does provide good insights into the conflicts that are affecting remote rural communities like Ketanu. At the same time, I found the essence of the murder mystery component less satisfactory. After some detractions and sidelining leads, Dawson seems to be less smart than the reader in identifying the real culprit. The ending was predictable and somewhat disappointing for me. Still, this being Quartey's first foray into the world of fiction and murder mysteries, I look forward to the next adventure of DI Dawson. [Friederike Knabe]
Morlurne
As a true lover of a good "Who Done It," I was pleasantly surprised to begin reading "Wife of the Gods." In this amazing murder mystery/detective novel by Kwei Quartey, I found all the elements of a novel to make me curl up by the fireplace with a cup of hot tea and a bowl of popcorn, turning its pages--noting the clues, disregarding some suspects, becoming suspicious of others, holding my breath as the action unfolded--until the story ended and I closed the cover with satisfaction--hoping that the next Darko Dawson tale would soon reach my eager hands! What made this such a great novel? The characters are so well-developed that I as a reader became involved in their lives, admiring some, relating to others and hating a few. The setting of modern-day Ghana is vividly portrayed without taking away from the fast-paced suspense-filled plot. What I love most about "Wife of the Gods" is how believable the spiritual world is interwoven with the physical world; even as skeptical and methodical as Darko's character is, he even experienced and accepted the connections. I have enjoyed reading mysteries since I was eleven years old, and usually know how they will end before I am half-way finished reading them. "Wife of the Gods" is exceptional in that I was about three-fourths of the way through the book, keeping in mind the subtle clues Quartey sprinkled throughout the narrative, before I figured out who the murderous culprit was! I truly do not understand why this book, published in 2009, has NOT been the topic of conversation in reading circles; however, I am so glad that a book club member suggested that we read it. NOW, we are talking about it and recommending it to others as a book club read. Quartey will be on my reading radar from now on.
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