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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT WIFE OF THE GODS
\"It\'s 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..[It] is not simply an extraordinarily well-crafted mystery; it\'s also an extremely well-structured and deftly written novel.. Wife of the Gods undoubtedly will be compared with Alexander McCall Smit h’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. The author is working on a second novel and, if it lives up to this one\'s promise, mystery fans have an important new voice to savor.\"
Tim Rutten Los Angeles Times
\"Crisp, engrossing debut.. Fans of McCall Smith\'s No. 1 Ladies\' Detective AgencyBooklist, Starred Review
\"Move over Alexander McCall Smith. Ghana has joined Botswana on the map of mystery ... more sociological than McCall Smith\'s, his setting [is] more rural and susceptible to the ways of magicians.. [This] newcomer is most welcome.\"
\"Quartey\'s winning debut, a police procedural set in modern Ghana, introduces gifted detective Darko Dawson ... a wonderful creation, a man as rich with contradictions as the Ghana Quartey so delightfully evokes ... readers will be eager for the next installment in what one hopes will be a long series.\"
\"For fans of Alexander McCall Smith comes a debut mystery novel by Kwei Quartey that introduces a marvelously intuitive detective and a rich cast of characters.\"
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT CHILDREN OF THE STREET
\"Kwei Quartey does what all the best storytellers do. He takes you to a world you have never seen and makes it as real to you as your own backyard. In Children of the Street he brings a story that is searing and original and done just right. Inspector Darko Dawson is relentless and I look forward to riding with him again.\"
\"…the most compelling serial killer you’ve ever met…the best-wrought procedural. As in Wife of the Gods (2009), the real star is Accra, which the killer aptly describes as \"the perfect place for a murder.\"
Kirkus Book Reviews
“Quartey cleverly hides the culprit, but the whodunit\'s strength is as much in the depiction of a world largely unfamiliar to an American readership as in its playing fair…”
STARRED Publisher’s Weekly
\"Darko Dawson, with his secret struggle to stop smoking marijuana and his son’s chronic illness, is one of the most engaging characters this reader has ever encountered. The police work, the unexpected reveal of the murderer and the motivation for the killings, and the clever interactions among characters of widely different professions and social classes will completely satisfy readers who enjoyed the first book and intrigue newcomers.\"
\"Detective Darko Dawson, Kwei Quartey\'s memorable creation, is an inspector in the Ghanaian police force, working out of the capitol of Ghana, Accra…He\'s smart and relentless, but he\'s also compassionate and willing to learn. Quartey\'s so far two novels, Wife of the Gods and Children of the Streets, are knockouts. Get to know \"Dark\", as he\'s called by his friends.\"
Robin Agnew, Dead Guy Blog
\"Kwei Quartey\'s Children of the Street may be a fictional crime drama, but it takes place in the very real slum of Agbogbloshie in the heart of Ghana\'s capital, Accra …With an enticing plot, well-stocked with twists and turns, and a dynamic and imperfect protagonist, Children of the Street is a great read for diehard crime-novel enthusiasts and leisure readers alike.\"
Joshua Weaver, The Root
\"There\'s an underlying sweetness to Children of the Street that helps balance the horrific nature of the crimes being investigated…The city and its environs are an integral part of the story, and…soare its people, culture and beliefs. Children of the Street is much more than just a whodunit-style mystery — and to that end, it\'s a pretty good one at that — it is a dynamic portrait of a city that most readers of the book will likely never have an opportunity to visit.\"
\"Children Of The Street is a meticulous and compelling detective yarn…Dawson is a dogged and meticulous investigator…Quartey\'s writing style is attractive, well paced and gripping…[He] juxtaposes fear and tension beautifully and human interactions are convincing and real.\"
Dean Mayes, Goodreads
\"Dr. Quartey is a masterful story-teller…
He guides the readers to a grasp of the culture and the circumstances in which his characters live by making the introduction of this information an integral part of the story.
We are being taught without realizing that a lesson is being presented.
Beth Crowley, Murder by Type
\"Just as Wife of the Gods combined surprising plot twists and complex characters, Children of the Street also is a compelling page-turner.”
Kwei’s Latest Blogs
THE BACKGROUND TO THE E-NOVELLA, DEATH AT THE VOYAGER HOTEL The Voyager Hotel in Accra is located in the busy central Tudu district. It’s a hub of trade and business, and also where hundreds of homeless adults and children sleep along the sidewalks … Continue reading →
Death at the Voyager Hotel, my new e-novella, is scheduled to hit online bookstores in July 2013. It will be available on several devices including your computer, cell phone, and e-reader, e.g. the Kindle and Nook. In Ghana‘s cosmopolitan capital of Accra, the Voyager Hotel is … Continue reading →