This was my first Louise Penny book but it will not be my last. The author sets the scene beautifully with excellent, artful, subtle descriptions of everything from the Quebec woods to the brie dripping off crisp French bread. The story is intricate but not too complex, the characters have depth and there is also some comic relief and profound philosophy, all in a good mystery. The narrator was well chosen and a pleasure to hear.I will miss his accent till the next time!
Though I love well written historical fiction and I'm sure the author did her homework here, this is more of a romance set in Scottish Highlands with dashing, chauvinistic men and women who need them. The main character sets herself up to be successful, strong and independent in present day so why does she have an alter ego, personality, past life - whatever that is anything but? Go for it if you like romance, skip it if you are looking for real historical fiction. The reading was okay but a bit breathy.
The Scottish Highlands and the water take center stage here, a long, low burning romance between the bumbling but extremely effective local constable Hamish and the owner of the former castle Priscilla, now a hotel, adds some spice but overall not as exciting or unexpected as an Agatha Christie "who done it." When listening its a bit tough to keep all the characters (hotel guests) clear, but the author uses the police procedural to redraw them several times for the reader/listener. Davina Porter does the Scottish accent well, but you must accept a distinct female voice narrating male dialogue and thoughts at times. Reminiscent of and a nod to Agatha Christie, an enjoyable listen, MC Beaton is trying to give the British murder mystery a modern (1980's) twist.
This is not just a mystery set in Ghana, it is a story whose setting in Ghana is integral to the story. Wife of the Gods is written with a truly African voice. Our main character, Detective Inspector Dawson, displays the same strengths and weaknesses of a police officer anywhere. He's thoroughly human, charming and has a slight drug problem. And he's still a great investigator, dealing with terrible crimes of passion just like a NYC cop. I learned a lot about the culture while listening but it did not detract from this tale of murder, the references to religion, politics and society only enhanced the book. It was subtle and the narrator made their inclusion seem less. As much as our main character, and several others, struggle to find the murderer, they are also fighting an internal struggle that pits traditional beliefs and practices against modern medicine and current economic realities. I gave this book a 4 (four) only because I wanted more...Hopefully we will get another book soon from Kwei Quartey.
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