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Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey
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Murder at Cape Three Points (2014)

by Kwei Quartey

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Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey is the third book in his Darko Dawson series of crime investigations. Sent to look into the murders of wealthy Charles and Fiona Smith-Aidoo, who were discovered in a canoe that washed up near an oil rig. Charles Smith-Aidoo was in the oil business and had been in the process of trying to relocate an ecological resort to make room for oil industry workers accommodations. What Dawson has to figure out is whether this is a political murder, a financial murder or if it could possibly be a revenge murder involving family members. Before he’s through he find himself investigating three murders.

This was a well thought out and researched story as with it’s pristine white beaches and turquoise ocean, Cape Three Points in Ghana is being slowly developed into a premiere tourist destination with both ecological and luxury resorts, added to this is the discovery of oil located off-shore in the same area making this a very important location both politically and financially. The author weaves his story around these facts and delivers an interesting, yet somewhat dry mystery. What kept the pages turning for me was the descriptions of a world that is perched between the future and the past. Corruption and development seem to go hand-in-hand in these emerging African countries.

Although I did not find this book as engrossing as the previous one, I will certainly be picking up the fourth book as this author appears to have his fingers on pulse of Ghana and I enjoy learning about such a different culture. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 1, 2017 |
Once again author Kwei Quartey takes readers right into the heart of Ghana. As Dawson investigates, we see Ghanian home life, we sample the country's food, and we are shown the gaping divide between those who have money and power and those who do not. Darko Dawson is a complex character who grows with each book. He has a wife and children whom he loves dearly, but life can still throw temptation his way. Marijuana used to be his stress reliever, but he knows he must stay away from it. He's learning how to work well with his politically connected partner, and his partner is learning how to be a better detective by working with Darko. Dawson is walking a path we all must walk: he knows the life he wants to have, and he realizes that he's going to have to work to reach that goal.

In this third book, Dawson's investigation takes him out of the city and into the environmental wonderland of the Cape Three Points area. But there is trouble even in this lush paradise. The area has long been inhabited by subsistence fishermen, but oil companies are dictating where they may and may not fish, and real estate entrepreneurs are trying to get the locals moved out as cheaply as possible. It's a situation ripe for a very long list of suspects, and Quartey works it very well. I particularly liked the way he brought locals (like a taxi driver) in as secondary characters to add even more texture to an already spicy tale.

Kwei Quartey writes incredibly well about Ghana, about crime, and about the people he has created. If you're an armchair traveling sleuth like I am, I advise you to add him to your list of must-reads. ( )
  cathyskye | Mar 18, 2014 |
A detective tries to find out why a couple was murdered and set afloat in a fishing boat near an offshore oil rig. Interesting setting and attractive lead character, but a slow-paced and somewhat confusing story.
  bfister | Feb 22, 2014 |
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Money Calls Blood
- from an Akan Proverb
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To the people of Cape Three Points,
the land nearest nowhere
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Cape Three Points, the southernmost tip of Ghana, is beautiful and wild.
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"At Cape Three Points on the beautiful Ghanaian coast, a canoe washes up at an oil rig site. The two bodies in the canoe--who turn out to be a prominent, wealthy, middle-aged married couple--have obviously been murdered; the way Mr. Smith-Aidoo has been gruesomely decapitated suggests the killer was trying to send a specific message--but what, and to whom, is a mystery. The Smith-Aidoos, pillars in their community, are mourned by everyone, but especially by their niece Sapphire, a successful pediatric surgeon in Ghana's capital, Accra. She is not happy that months have passed since the murder and the rural police have made no headway. When the Ghanaian federal police finally agree to get involved, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Accra police force is sent out to Cape Three Points to investigate. Pretty as the coast is, he is not happy to be sent away from his wife and two sons, the younger of whom is recovering from a heart operation. And the more he learns about the case, the more convoluted and dangerous it becomes. Three Points has long been inhabited by tribal villages of subsistence fishers, but real estate entrepreneurs and wealthy oil companies have been trying to bribe the tribes to move out. Dawson roots out a host of motives for murder, ranging from personal vendettas to corporate conspiracies"--… (more)

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