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About Kwei Quartey

Kwei Quartey is a crime fiction writer and physician based in Pasadena, California. He was born in Ghana, West Africa, to a Ghanaian father and Black American mother, both of whom were lecturers at the University of Ghana. Quartey's family’s home was full of hundreds of books including crime novels. Inspired by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Quartey wrote crime novellas as early as the age of eight or nine, typing them out or writing them longhand and designing his own book covers.

 

In high school, Quartey decided he wanted to be a physician and started a science track to medical school. After the death of his father, Quartey’s mother returned to the United States with her sons and Quartey transferred to Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. 

After graduation from his residency training in Internal Medicine, Kwei Quartey returned to his love of writing and wrote novels while in practicing medicine (similar to his much-admired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Quartey balanced the two professions by dedicating the early morning hours to writing before beginning each day in his clinic. Still true to his childhood love of crime fiction, Quartey made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009 with his debut murder mystery novel, WIFE OF THE GODS, introducing Ghanaian homicide detective Inspector Darko Dawson. The following year, the GOG National Book Club voted him Best Male Author. 

 

On the heels of WIFE OF THE GODS came CHILDREN OF THE STREET, MURDER AT CAPE THREE POINTS, GOLD OF OUR FATHERS, and DEATH BY HIS GRACE. Two novels, KAMILA and DEATH AT THE VOYAGER HOTEL (e-book) are two standalone novels.

In 2018, having practiced medicine for about 20 years while simultaneously working as a writer, Quartey retired from medical practice to become a full-time novelist. 

 

In January 2020, Quartey’s new detective series launched to critical acclaim with THE MISSING AMERICAN, the debut of the Emma Djan Investigations and the introduction of the first West 

African female private eye in fiction. The second in the series, SLEEP WELL, MY LADY, was released January 12, 2021, immediately garnering attention for its unusual style of time shifts in relation to the murder.

THE MISSING AMERICAN was a 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee for Best First PI Novel in 2020, and winner of the 2021 Shamus Award. SLEEP WELL, MY LADY was a 2022 nominee for Best Novel of 2021.

The third Emma Djan novel, LAST SEEN IN LAPAZ, will be published February 7, 2023.

 

Dr. Kwei Quartey, a enthusiastic animal lover, spends his leisure time training and riding his horse Algot.

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Emma Djan Investigations series is also available in the UK and Commonwealth!

UK Edition

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" . . . Quartey, also the author of the Darko Dawson series, is one of the strong voices in the current wave of African crime fiction, which provides relevant insight into a continent anxious to maintain its unique identity yet thrive in the twenty-first-century world."

--JANE MURPHY

Publishers Weekly starred review

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