Kwei Quartey’s Murder at Cape Three Points

Quartey’s detective series, now in its third title, featuring Darko Dawson is pretty good.  I enjoyed Murder at Cape Three Points The mystery here is a double-murder that involves the nascent offshore oil industry.  Lots of nice description of Takoradi, Cape Three Points (I want to live there!), middle class Ghanaian life, and corruption issues.  Brisk pacing, and good writing in the first half of the mystery keep you going.

I do think Quartey could benefit from better editing.  The second half really gets bogged down.  Like many mysteries, this one fizzles out at the end, and is unconvincing in its resolution.

The novel is a good introduction to Ghanaian development issues, though.  Maybe I will assign to class!

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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