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Los Angeles Times - August 13, 2009
"Kwei Quartey's first novel -- "Wife of the Gods: An Inspector Darko
Dawson Mystery" -- has all those qualities in abundance. It's 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. The author is working on a
Kirkus Review - June 1, 2009
"Move over Alexander McCall Smith. Ghana has joined Botswana on
the map of mystery... There’s plenty of room for them both, and the
newcomer is most welcome."
Essence Magazine - June 1, 2009
"Like The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency? You'll love Wife of the
Booklist Starred review – May 1, 2009
Quartey’s crisp, engrossing debut introduces readers to Darko
Dawson, a talented and temperamental detective inspector in Accra,
capital city of Ghana. As the novel opens, DI Dawson is called out
to the remote village of Ketanu to investigate the suspicious death
of Gladys Mensah, a medical student and passionate AIDS worker. Was
Gladys killed for her professional ambition (she had a run-in with a
local healer who was convinced she was stealing his potions) or
because of an unrequited romance with a married man? Returning to
Ketanu is a deeply emotional experience for DI Dawson, whose mother
disappeared there more than two decades before. He immediately
senses the hostility of the Ketanu police, who resent having a
big-city officer in their midst. He is also unsettled by the area’s
tolerance of the custom of trokosi, in which beleaguered families
atone for sins by marrying off their young daughters to fetish
priests. Quartey, a Ghana-born medical doctor who now lives in Los
Angeles, renders a compelling cast of characters inhabiting a world
precariously perched between old and new. Fans of McCall Smith’s No.
1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels will relish the opportunity to
discover yet another intriguing area of Africa.
-- Allison Block
Publishers Weekly – April 13, 2009
Quartey's winning debut, a police procedural set in modern Ghana,
introduces gifted detective Darko Dawson… Dawson is a wonderful
creation, a man as rich with contradictions as the Ghana Quartey so
delightfully evokes—a loving husband and father with anger
management issues on the job and a personal fondness for marijuana…
…readers will be eager for the next installment in what one hopes
will be a long series.