Death by His Grace

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$15.95  $14.83
Soho Crime
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5.0 X 7.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and retired physician based in Pasadena, California. Quartey was born in Ghana, West Africa, to a Ghanaian father and a black American mother, both of whom were lecturers at the University of Ghana. His novel Wife of the Gods made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list in 2009. The following year, the National Book Club voted him Best Male Author. He has two mystery series set in Ghana: the Detective Inspector Darko Dawson investigations and the Emma Djan investigations.
Praise for Death by His Grace

"Vastly engaging . . . Apart from the thrill of the detecting, Death By His Grace offers an education in Ghana's history, social life, eating habits and other customs peculiar to that endlessly intriguing country."
--The Toronto Star​

"There's plenty of delicious Ghanaian food mentions to salivate over and a friendly overview of Accra's plentiful neighborhoods, but Quartey covers the bad as well as the good: an inherent part of the plot here includes the workings--and cons--of a charismatic church and its self-enriching leader."
--The Seattle Review of Books

"Quartey's Ghanaian mysteries, driven by tension between traditional culture and modernity, share top-notch writing and full-sensory settings with those of Michael Stanley, Deon Meyer, and Parker Bilal."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"Totally enthralling."
--Fresh Fiction

"This is a delightful novel, rich in Ghanian culture, with a hero we really come to admire."
--Reviewing the Evidence

"A great writer."
--KPFA Africa Today

Praise for the Darko Dawson investigations

"Quartey provides such a strong sense of Ghana that you'll be wishing for a platter of kenkey, a staple food made from fermented corn, to keep you from biting your nails to the quick as Dawson winnows down the list of suspects to solve the mystery."

"A sensitive novel of powerful family passions, set in the unique and vivid colors of Ghana."
--Anne Perry

"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."
--Los Angeles Times

"Vividly depicted."
--Library Journal

"[Quartey] renders a compelling cast of characters inhabiting a world precariously perched between old and new . . . Intriguing."
--Booklist, Starred Review

"Quartey's mastery of the art of misdirection serves him well . . . A complex plot, combined with a warts-and-all lead and an evocative portrayal of the author's native country, add up to a winner."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review