Death By His Grace Reviews


” . . . fans may be stunned by the suddenness of the unexpected cliff-hanger ending.” –Library Journal

” . . . shocking in every imaginable way.” —Kirkus Reviews



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