About Kwei Quartey
Kwei Quartey, a renowned crime fiction author and practicing physician, hails from Pasadena, California. Born in Ghana, West Africa, to a Ghanaian father and a Black American mother, both university lecturers, he grew up in a house filled with an extensive collection of books, particularly crime novels. Quartey, deeply influenced by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, began crafting crime novellas at a young age, often creating his book covers.
Since high school, Quartey, aspiring to become a physician, embarked on a medical career path, initially studying at the University of Ghana Medical School. Following his father's passing, he moved to the United States with his family and transferred to Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.
RETURN TO WRITING
After completing his residency in Internal Medicine, Quartey reignited his passion for writing. He paralleled his medical career with novel writing, a practice reminiscent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, often dedicating mornings to writing before his clinical work.
Quartey's debut murder mystery novel, "Wife of the Gods," introducing Inspector Darko Dawson, earned a spot on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009. His subsequent novels, including "Children of the Street," "Murder at Cape Three Points," and others, continued his legacy in crime fiction. In 2018, after about two decades in medicine, Quartey shifted to full-time novel writing.
His new detective series, starting with "The Missing American" in 2020, introduced the pioneering West African female private investigator, Emma Djan. This series has expanded with several titles, including "Sleep Well, My Lady," and "Last Seen in Lapaz."
Quartey's "The Missing American" was nominated for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award and won the 2021 Shamus Award. "Sleep Well, My Lady" was a nominee for Best Novel of 2021. He was also recognized in the 2023-2024 edition of "Who's Who in America."
HOBBIES An avid animal enthusiast, Quartey enjoys training and riding his horse, Algot, during his leisure time.
Emma Djan Investigations series is also available in the UK and Commonwealth!