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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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  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!

  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.

  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.

  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!