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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (695 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kwei Quartey Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Darko Dawson Mysteries Release Date:
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Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a good family man and a remarkably intuitive sleuth, is sent to the village of Ketanu—the site of his mother’s disappearance many years ago—to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. 

While battling his own anger issues and concerns for his ailing son, Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu. It soon becomes clear that in addition to solving a recent murder, he is about to unravel the shocking truth about his mother’s disappearance. 

Kwei Quartey’s sparkling debut novel introduces readers to a rich cast of characters, including the Trokosi—young women called Wives of the Gods—who, in order to bring good fortune to their families, are sent to live with fetish priests. Set in Ghana, with the action moving back and forth between the capital city of Accra and a small village in the Volta Region, Wife of the Gods brings the culture and beauty of its setting brilliantly to life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Wife of the Gods is a gem. Memorable fiction is always about discovery, and this fascinating debut delivers much that is new.”

    Stephen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Siege

  • “A sensitive novel of powerful family passions…It is a complex mystery and with a detective that I hope we meet again.”

    Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Buckingham Palace Gardens

  • “The uncommon grace and style of the writing will engender comparisons with Alexander McCall Smith’s Botswana stories, but this novel has more grit.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Engrossing…Quartey…renders a compelling cast of characters inhabiting a world precariously perched between old and new.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With a crisp English accent and deep but deliberate projection, Simon Prebble is a boon to any production…And blends beautifully with Quartey’s style.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Particularly moving is Prebble’s delivery of passages from the murdered woman’s diary…The bittersweet story should have wide appeal for its unique story and perfect presentation.”

    AudioFile

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce Silverstein | 2/16/2014

    " Another diverse detective to become familiar with, this one from Ghana. I liked the character of Detective Darko Dawson, a man not always in control of his wits and emotions, but basically an honest character fighting for what he thinks is right in society. Like Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana, the author makes Ghana a character in the book. It was interesting to learn about a society still struggling towards modernity. The author's descriptions of the local food will make your mouth water. The author's writing style is a bit awkward in spots, but overall this is an excellent mystery that will leave you looking forward to further adventures of Darko Dawson. I had some idea of who the killer was, but the author still surprised with a good twist at the end that you wouldn't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/6/2014

    " Set within the framework of a murder mystery, the story offers a fascinating, colorfully descriptive look at how the many societal contradictions in modern Ghana alternately clash and coexist. Although a quick read, the imagery lingers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/1/2014

    " Having been challenged to question whether #1 Ladies Detective Agency could be even remotely authentic, I went searching for more African detective fiction and found Detective Inspector Darko Dawson. You have to question a little whether Quartey's Ghana could be considered any more authentic than McCall Smith's Botswana because both have left their former homes there and both are educated Westerners writing for the English-language market. (knowing that Quartey is/was a doctor working in Montebello here in the unromantic San Gabriel Valley makes him rather less exotic than a literary Scotsman, frankly). The world he has created is much more gritty and twenty-first century than McCall Smith's Gaborone, but many of the same themes of the clash between modern and traditional values and thinking are part of the local color that makes the work "African." Conclusion: both are about as authentic as we can experience as Americans reading genre fiction. Precious Ramotswe and DI Dawson could be imagined to live on the same continent, though Quartey's world is no comedy of manners. In fact, I'd give bonus points to McCall Smith for trying to get inside the mind of a detective who isn't a male urban policeman. Comparisons aside, I liked the detailed world of Darko Dawson. The geography and culture were fascinating. Dawson has the usual array of baggage that burdens his detective psyche, family problems and trouble controlling his temper that is an Achilles heel. The second quarter of the book drags under the weight of all the characters and description, but if you persist to the halfway mark, it comes together and the revelation of the murderer unravels in a satisfying way. it is all rather too neatly wrapped up and there are a few too many standard archetypes among the characters, examples are the elder mentor cop and the small town bully sheriff. It maintains the 4 star rating because of the vivid characters that could only be in a Ghanaian murder mystery and whom I could only get to know through this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 1/30/2014

    " I found this lacking. It had a good plot idea but no follow through,. it was predictable, the worst thing in a mysery. Also felt the whole wife of the gods issue was lost. "

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About the Author
Author Kwei Quartey

Kwei Quartey was born in Ghana and raised by an American mother and a Ghanaian father, both of whom were university lecturers. As a teenager, he got into serious trouble with the military government for putting up protest posters; after a stint in prison for “sedition,” he left for the United States, where he has lived ever since. In 2008 he returned to Ghana for the first time and now visits frequently as research for his writing. A practicing physician, Quartey now lives and works in Pasadena. He writes in the morning before he sets off to work at HealthCare Partners, where he runs a wound clinic. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wife of the Gods and Children of the Street.