Wife of the Gods E–pub/E–book
Ther who disappeared without a trace after a visit to her sister in Ketnau Oh I am oing to like this series Darko is a principled man but he has his demons and he seeks solace in smoking marijuana He s also sometimes prone to resorting to his own brand of vigilante justice But there s no denying that he s a talented and tenacious detective The way he ferrets out small clues and pieces the puzzle together is marvelously portrayed There are plenty of suspects and motives and a compelling subplot to keep the reader off balance and The GI Bride guessing I also really appreciated the information on the cultural ideologies and customs of this small corner of Ghana There s a significant clash between traditional beliefs and modern day medicine And Dawson also needs to tread carefully in the political minefield that is the turf of the areas leaders who if not exactly corrupt are certainly misguided and provincial in their thinking Simon Prebble does a marvelous job reading the audiobook He really brings these characters to life WIFE OF THE GODS is two stories The first story begins with the discovery of the body of Gladys Mensah in the forest outside the town of Ketanu Gladys is a medical student and a volunteer AIDS worker Efia finds the body early one morning Efia was a trokosi which meant she belonged to theods In Efia s life that means belonging to Togbe Adzima the chief and the High Priest of the village Eighteen years earlier Efia s uncle murdered a man and although he is in prison the family has been cursed with unending signs of the ods displeasure Desperate for a reversal of fortune the elders of her family o to the high priest asking him to intercede on their behalf so that there torment will be ended Togbe communes with the ods and learns that all will be well if they bring him a female child to serve at the shrine She will belong to the ods and she will Ratscalibur give birth to the children theyive her through Togbe At the age of twelve Efia becomes a wife of the ods Gladys and Efia belong to two different worlds but in a small town in Ghana their stories come together through fear and superstitionDetective Inspector Darko Dawson is assigned to the homicide division of the CID in Accra the capital of Ghana Darko has a wife and a son a brother and a father and he is a thoroughly modern man But he also has ties to Ketanu His mother was born in the village and his aunt and uncle are living there Most importantly from his superior s point of view is that Darko speaks Ewe the local dialect Darko is not happy to return to Ketanu When he was 12 years old his mother disappeared on her way home from a visit to her sister Darko has been haunted by dreams of his mother and he has spent his life ever since trying to understand what happened to her Darko s story is the second story that is woven with the first to produce a very satisfying book that owes it resolution as much to Darko s response to the sounds he hears as it is to modern police workThere is a large cast of characters in WIFE OF THE GODS all in some way touched by superstition and the practices of an old culture Darko is especially sensitive to the sounds of speech He can hear a
LIE IN A VOICE DESPITE GLADYS in a voice Despite Gladys as an AIDS educator some believe that AIDS is caused by a curse Faith healers prey on desperate people Secrets are hidden until they cry out to be spoken Greed and jealousy are as old humanity and as new as the next breath Lust and love lead to obsession And there are the trokosi who have no way to flee from the brutality they face as a WIFE OF THE GODSKwei uartey was born in Ghana the son of a Ghanaian man and an African American woman When his of a Ghanaian man and an African American woman When his died he moved to the United States with his mother and he is now a practicing physician in California In researching his book he looked at all aspects of the culture including the trokosi Although the practice has been outlawed it has not disappeared because many in Ghana still believe is the power of the chiefs and high priests The media has made known practices that violate human rights but the trokosis have yet to come to light in the main stream media I am always looking for a new mystery series to start and recently took the recommendation of Michael Sears one half of the writing duo Michael Stanley and tried the Detective Dawson series by Kwei uartey Set in Ghana the series focuses on the local culture cuisine customs and everyday issues facing Ghanians today while also tackling clever and original crimes and mysteries that contain some elements that are universal and other aspects that are uniuely relevant to Ghana Wife of the Gods is a window into another part of the world about which I know very little and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it I look forward to starting the next one very soonFor reviews check out my Instagram account and my newsletter After finishing another book set in Ghana Homegoing I thought I should o back to this book I first started it back in July 2015 when I included it in a pile of books I was speed dating It passed the 50 page test and went back on the shelf until now I m still working my way through reading a book from every country and now Ghana is coveredThis is a solid crime novel featuring Darko Dawson who is called in from Accra to help with an investigation of the murder of an AIDS relief worker His investigation reveals police corruption multiple suspects and it takes a while to unravel the stories What I like about reading a crime novel set in another country is how much the author can include about the culture Food history traditions family structure politics it s all here One major element becomes about the fetish priest and belief in spellsmagic in the village something that is still true in some parts of Ghana and making the investigation complicated I liked this novel much better than anothe. Tudent 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. R Ghaniain author s Tail of the Blue Bird Darko Dawson is a police inspector in Accra who is called to investigate the death of a young female AIDS worker in a village where his mother disappeared many years prior The author sets up four possible suspects a young boy the high priest the holistic medicine man and the The Selected Poems girl s boss and does a respectable job integrating modern life with varioud tribal beliefs There are someood underlying stories tension among the policemen and family matters Will definitely read the other books What if the truth is terrible than the forestDarko 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 uartey s debut novel Wife of the Gods no uestion And the village and the forest around beautifully evoked take centre stage for the action when Darko now a Detective Inspector returns to assist the local police in a murder investigation Not being A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent generally drawn to crime or police procedural stories I have recently been intrigued by several of those by African writers eg Moussa Konate Mali 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 a complex community allows uslimpses or into the social and cultural diversity of their society Kwei uartei follows this emerging African My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA 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 power over the local people than any efforts to apply justice andor to protect innocents The novels title Wife of the Gods refers to an old local tradition the trokosi youngirls 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 The Book of Leviathan 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 muchround 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 Nine Ghosts genre novel like this not all aspects can be covered with as much detail or depth as I for one would have liked uartey does provideood insight into the conflict 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 in identifying the real culprit The ending was predictable and somewhat for me Still this being uartey s first foray into the world of fiction and murder mysteries I am looking forward to DI Dawson s next adventure Any attempts of becoming dissatisfied with this book will be close to impossible For Wife of the Gods is that impressive of a narrative Consisting of suspense mystery and adventure it is not surprising that Kwei uartey Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia gained noteworthy attention for thisripping novelWife of the Gods is a spellbinding mystery set in Ghana and taking place within the vigorous capitol of Accra and small town of Ketanu Readers are introduced to the main character Detective Darko Dawson living contentedly in Accra as a Detective Inspector when he is summoned to Ketanu to investigate the startling murder of a young village woman The victim is Gladys Mensah a promising medical student and AIDS activist who is found murdered by a nearby village woman The assignment is imperative and holds much significance for Detective Dawson because the town of Ketanu is where his mother s family originated and is where she is last seen alive The hunt for the murderer will expose hidden truths concerning his mother divulge the powerful impact of his role as a detective and address several adverse cultural practices within the villageAuthor Kwei uartey earns a nod of admiration for his literary performance in Wife of within the villageAuthor Kwei uartey earns a nod of admiration for his literary performance in Wife of Gods uartey elouently constructed a tale that exhibited authentic Ghanaian culture Whether by describing various foods languages or customs uartey seemed to effortlessly familiarize the reader to numerous traditions I found myself salivating as he described the preparation of plantains شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى garri also known as tapioca and fufu pounded cassava and plantains I was also keenly aware of myself becomingreatly appalled by the treatment of women living as Trokosi or wife of the The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) gods a practice where young virginirls are offered as payment to a man for a misdeed done by a family member Disturbingly these Riding Hard girls usually serve against their will as slaves to the priests or elders of a traditional shrine Written with impeccable skill Wife of the Gods is a superb bookuaranteed to intrigue and appease one s desire for a ood read I look forward to reading the next book in the Darko Dawson series Children of the Street. 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 irls 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 ho.
Kwei Quartey » 9 SummaryThis is first in a series about Detective Darko Dawson of Accra in Ghana I have wanted to read this book ever since I saw it in a bookstore a couple of years ago and I was thrilled to be This police detective led mystery set in Ghana is enjoyable Darko Dawson is sent to a village to investigate the death of a young medical student He s particular in his methods has a known anger problem and a lingering rief over the unexplained disappearance of his mother when he was a boy Darko s investigation leads to a few unpleasant people and while they have reat motives Darko re The story of a West African detective in Ghana begins with a weak prologue a nightmare sueezed from the pages of former dime store books The following first chapter opens with promise a dead body Then the author tries too hard to tell the story That s the problem too much telling and not enough showing The sentences read like announcements or headlines and the prose is shopworn and musty hauled from a high school creative writing course The author is also on an adverb and Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students gerund frenzy in the same sentences which bogs down the narrative to a watery substance Sentences are lifeless and clunky and contain no fresh turns of phrase or descriptive power This is a typical passage not an exception to the ruleHe loved to sit on her lap with his head resting against her while he played with theold necklace she always wore and never removed The pendant was a little butterfly because she loved butterfliesThe author states the obvious ad nauseam Here I ILLERAMMA Kathalu go again with another example he is describing cars nowand the most ostentatiously obnoxious of them all HummersWe know that Hummers are ostentatious and obnoxiousRazor thin and the broiling sun or the scorching sun Physical descriptions are jejune and often inserted into unmanageable sentencesHer forehead was high as were her lovely cheekbones her nose straight yet flared and her lips were richSometimes when she looked at her son at his tallness his strength his beauty she felt a jolt a shock as she realized that she had him and that he was real and not just a vision He was her jewel He made her heart hurtWith the vision of a hawkMoreit stabbed Efia like a red hot dagger and she jumped visiblyIt was tearing at her heartShe was pretty with a heart shaped face and lovely skinThe writing is wholly derivative and amatuer it reads like a first draft the stuff you write before you clean it up The tone is flat and without a style Aesthetics are absent the author fails to convey the sensory component of writing the power of choice words and the art of connecting them in vital and vigorous passagesThe locale and subject matter of the novel enticed me I love novels with an Africaneography and culture But this book had no seasoning just sentences sputtering with a dull thud I thought it would have piuant passages depicting an exotic ambience Instead you American Literature Student Text get trumpeted exposition that prevents a mood from emerging and an atmosphere from ascending No nuance no style There is an agenda here to educate us about the disenfranchised culture of a marginalized community It is as if he forgot he was writing a novel and began writing a polemical magazine article about the trials and tribulations of living in Arccra capital of Ghana but there was no flair there Even as a magazine article it would flail So many lost opportunities to create a rich atmosphere with a tasty blend of textures But there is no sensory substance or strength to the prose Sentences are hamstrung together with a fingerless handThe story is diluted by the various loud pronouncements of Ghanian life Subtlety is absent What could have been charming was churning and dull The author never leaves your side and he doesn t trust us toet It Unless He Delivers It With Hammer Blows And Drives unless he delivers it with hammer blows and drives on
with re treads Tension was absent suspense was suspended for lack of imaginationre treads Tension was absent suspense was suspended for lack of imagination novel isn t taut it s trite and forcedThe dialoguebanter between Darky Dawson and his colleagues is puerile and corny Again no texture just banal bluster This is the second book from the Vine shelf this month that I have read that was marketed improperly It was described as crisp And reat artistry Crisp An English professor or competent editor would keel after seeing these unwieldy soggy sentences Apparently editing wasn t a priority with this novel Great artistry Who is writing these blurbs It was pallid ready made It is
written like a drugstore shelf mystery clich d and hokey Are publishers etting cynical or just desperateThe onlylike a drugstore shelf mystery clich d and hokey Are publishers etting cynical or just desperateThe only strokes I can offer are to workshop it This reads like an early draft It needs several to trim the fat and polish the prose Although my review is blunt and brutal it is honest I see only 4 and 5 star reviews so far and I am puzzled did they receive an improved manuscript A later draft I risk being highly unpopular with my solitary and excoriating criticism Negative reviews are not appreciated by many voters on but astute literature lovers may welcome a frank assessmentFor a smart polished and contoured African detective story read A Beautiful Place to Die A Novel by Malla Nunn Digital audiobook performed by Simon PrebbleFirst in a series featuring Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of Accra Ghana Dawson is a dedicated family man with a loving wife and a charming if medically fragile young son He s also somewhat of a rebel in the police force and freuently at odds with his cantankerous boss He s not happy about his new assignment in remote area of Ghana a young woman a promising medical student and AIDS worker has been found dead in a jungle area near the small town of Ketanu The local police are not euipped to handle an investigation like this and Dawson who has relatives in the town is fluent in the local indigenous language But what he uncovers brings up many memories of his own mo. 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 rove outside the small town of Ketanu a young woman a promising medical