” . . . fans may be stunned by the suddenness of the unexpected cliff-hanger ending.” –Library Journal
” . . . shocking in every imaginable way.” —Kirkus Reviews
” . . . top-notch writing and full-sensory settings.” —Booklist starred review
” . . . very hard to put down.”–Linda’s Book Reviews
” . . . A good whodunit, and quick read, with a wonderful glimpse of Ghanaian food, customs, and societal woes.”–Lisa Diane ★★★★
” . . . I love Kwei’s writing style . . . That ending though…WOW!”–Tracy ★★★★★
” . . . an excellent sense of place and time.”–HBalikov ★★★★
” . . . I can’t wait to see what happens next.”–Susan Johnson ★★★★
” . . . A page-turner.”–Dave
” . . . skillful storytelling, adept foreshadowing.”–M.E. Smith ★★★★★
” . . . I read it practically without a break.”–Martina ★★★★★
” . . . Two thumbs up!”–Kathleen Gray★★★★★
” . . . Definitely worth reading.”–Dora Truong★★★
” . . . wonderful tidbits about Ghana’s culture and customs.”–Marie ★★★★
” . . . can’t wait to see what our Chief Inspector Dawson is up to next!”–Deborah ★★★★★
” . . . a marvelous sense of place.”–Molly★★★★
” . . . I love the setting in Ghana.”–Viva ★★★★
Katherine and Solomon’s extravagant high society wedding in Accra, Ghana, was a triumph. But when she is unable to conceive, her new husband and his family turn against her and accuse her of witchcraft. Katherine desperately seeks help from her family, friends, and pastor to resolve her marital issues. Her brutal murder draws CI Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police into the case since Katherine was a cousin to his wife, Christine. As he investigates, Dawson also wrestles with how best to care for his aging and ailing father. He successfully lays a trap to catch the killer, but that comes with potentially fatal consequences. The fifth Darko Dawson book (after Gold of Our Fathers) explores the role of religion, both traditional Ghanaian and evangelical Christian, in a vividly depicted African setting. Series fans may be stunned by the suddenness of the unexpected cliff-hanger ending, but it mirrors the rapidity of real life. VERDICT A good choice for readers who enjoy Michael Stanley’s “Detective Kubu” series.–Library Journal
If his fourth case (Gold of Our Fathers, 2016) took him far from his base in Accra, Chief Inspector Darko Dawson’s fifth strikes entirely too close to home.A year after accountant Katherine Yeboah’s storybook marriage to rising attorney Solomon Vanderpuye, the magic is gone with a vengeance. Katherine’s inability to get pregnant despite her bridegroom’s undisputed virility has turned her husband’s class-conscious mother, Maude, and his equally sniffy sister, Georgina against her. Months of counseling sessions with Clem Howard-Mills, the millionaire bishop who married the unhappy couple, have gone nowhere, and Solomon, echoing his mother’s accusations that Kate is a witch, demands that she leave the house he’s surreptitiously retitled in his name alone. James Bentsi-Enchill, the divorce lawyer Kate’s mother urges her to consult, is an old flame of Kate’s who’s divorced himself. Can things can get any worse? Absolutely. The night before Kate’s due to move out, she’s savagely attacked by a killer who also murders houseman Gabriel Saleh for good measure. The events leading up to the massacre are described with such harrowing precision that Darko’s investigation would be utterly overshadowed if he weren’t Kate’s brother-in-law, a sorely vexed cop whose every question seems to invite another prevarication or false alibi and whose every move threatens to antagonize another member of his extended family—except of course for his father, Jacob, who’s too sadly demented to notice or care what’s going on. The only bright spot, it seems, is Lance Cpl. Mabel Kusi, the new transfer Darko’s breaking in, who’ll take center stage at the finale. The most conventional of the Ghanaian Chief Inspector’s five mysteries but the most personally shocking in every imaginable way for the hard-pressed hero.–Kirkus Reviews
I have grown to love the Darko Dawson’s murder series ever since I picked up Murder at Cape Three Points a year ago by a mere stroke of luck in New York Public Library. I have been hooked since then.
Imagine my excitement when Kwei Quartey shared on his Facebook page that he was looking for fans to read the advanced copy of his new book and give their honest reviews. A lot of people commented under the post before I did. So, to beat the competition, I shared a link to my reviews of all his booksand told him how much I would love to read his new book. Of course, I was among those he chose to read the book. And boy was I happy when I saw this book sitting beautifully in my mailbox. I received it last month but with my wedding planning and all I didn’t get a chance to open it until last Friday and I finished it on Tuesday.
Death by His Grace is set in Ghana just like the previous books. It’s about Katherine Vanderpuye, a beautiful married woman who sadly, can’t have a child. In any modern society, this will just be a bump in the road that the woman and her husband will jump through together. But in the African society, some people see this as a curse and always blame the woman even in cases when the man is at fault. Although, in this case, the problem is with Katherine. Unfortunately for her, she has a mother- and sister-in-law who don’t like her very much, and a husband who is easily manipulated by his mother. They accuse Katherine of being a witch who kills her babies while in the womb.
It’s apparently a cause for divorce and also a crime punishable by death to be infertile in Ghana because Katherine is not only harassed and tormented for not giving birth, she is brutally murdered on her last night in her marital home. Hotshot detective, Darko Dawson is called in to solve her murder. This case is very personal for Darko because Katherine is his wife’s cousin. Initially, Darko didn’t want to take the case due to fear of being biased but his family and boss encouraged him to.
Darko reluctantly leads the investigation and recruits the help of a new female detective to help him solve the case. The investigation reveals secrets, affairs, and many possible suspects which include Katherine’s bishop and church staff, her husband, old flame, and a paranoid stalker. Who killed Katherine and why? I had my guesses and narrowed it down to one but the culprit ended up not even being one of the people I suspected. Even Darko didn’t see it coming.
This book got me hooked from beginning to end. I give it 5 stars! I found it very hard to put down. It truly captured the Ghanaian daily living, struggles, high society and religious scene which amazingly, are similar to Nigeria, my birth country. This book is not long, I easily read half of the book my first day of opening it. I do love the fact that I wasn’t able to predict the murderer and boy oh boy, the ending definitely caught me off guard. It’s a true cliffhanger. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a new book the way I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.–Linda’s Book Reviews