Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Different Kind of Southern Africa Detective Story

Here's my review from the Goodreads website of a book set in Africa that I recently enjoyed. Not great literature, but a great trashy read.

The Summoner (The Dominic Grey Novels)The Summoner by Layton Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Here's a good scary story set in Africa that plays off all those scary witch-doctors-using-stolen-body-parts stories that I've been hearing since I came to Africa. A little trashy, but I couldn't put it down. This is a story for those who want the opposite end of the African story spectrum from the Number One Ladies' Detective Agency stories!



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4 comments:

  1. Barbara, I will look for this book. Actually, I liked the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency too. It was a little quirky but a fun read. This sounds a touch trashy, but I love that in a book!

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  2. I love the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency books--did not mean to imply I don't!! Just that this one's not charming and quirky but just plain scary.

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  3. If it is really scary, I might not want to read it . . . I've lived in Africa (Kenya, Ghana) for ten years or so, and I've heard enough of the "real" scary stuff that reading this might give me nightmares.

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  4. There's one graphically violent scene of 2 or 3 pages (that I skipped over!). There are 3 scenes of "religious" rituals where people are drugged and disappear, and one of these has a graphic description of animal sacrifice. There are a couple of scenes of characters finding dead animals in their houses. Most of the book is not graphic, but suspenseful, but the topic is scary. Overall, though I enjoyed the book, I'd say it's not good enough to read it if you're worried about it being too much!

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