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Katherine Yeboah’s marriage to Solomon Vanderpuye is all the talk of Accra high society. But when it becomes apparent that Katherine is infertile, Solomon’s extended family accuses her of being a witch, hounding her until the relationship is so soured Solomon feels compelled to order Katherine out of the house they shared. Alone on her last night there, Katherine is brutally murdered by an intruder wielding a machete.

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. As Darko investigates, he discovers that many people close to Katherine had powerful motives to kill her, including: Solomon, her husband; James Bentsi-Enchill, her lawyer and ex-lover; and her filthy rich pastor, Bishop Clem Howard-Mills. In order to expose the truth, Darko must confront the pivotal role religion plays in Ghana—and wrestle with his old demons the investigation stirs up.

Reviews

Praise for the Darko Dawson investigations "Quartey provides such a strong sense of Ghana that you'll be wishing for a platter of kenkey, a staple food made from fermented corn, to keep you from biting your nails to the quick as Dawson winnows down the list of suspects to solve the mystery." —Oprah.com   “A sensitive novel of powerful family passions, set in the unique and vivid colors of Ghana.” —Anne Perry "An absolute gem of a first novel and the sort of book that will delight not only hard-core mystery fans, but also those who visit the genre only casually in search of an occasional literary entertainment . . . Wife of the Gods undoubtedly will be compared with Alexander McCall Smith's phenomenally successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, but Quartey's debut is—to this reader, at least—a far richer and more sophisticated experience." —Los Angeles Times “[Quartey] renders a compelling cast of characters inhabiting a world precariously perched between old and new . . . Intriguing." —Booklist, Starred Review "Quartey’s mastery of the art of misdirection serves him well . . . A complex plot, combined with a warts-and-all lead and an evocative portrayal of the author’s native country, add up to a winner." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781616957087

    September 15, 2017

    Soho Press

    272 pages

    RRP $55.00

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