I have grown to love the Darko Dawson’s murder series ever since I picked up Murder at Cape Three Points a year ago by a mere stroke of luck in New York Public Library. I have been hooked since then.
This is Mukoma wa Ngugi’s second book and the sequel to his first book, Nairobi Heat. I read Nairobi Heat last year and really enjoyed it. So, I was very excited to read Black Star Nairobi. I started this book with great expectations and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. I was engaged and on the edge from beginning to end. This book was so well written, and the characters (already well established in the first book) were developed enough to refresh the memory of those who read book one and also to help those reading for the first time to understand what exactly is going on.
My favorite Ghanaian Detective Inspector, actually make it Chief Inspector (he’s finally promoted with a small salary raise) Darko Dawson is back in the fourth book of his self titled series to solve yet another unfortunate murder. He made the mistake of thinking his promotion will finally allow him to spend more time with his family. Can you blame him? His very demanding boss has also been promoted and moved to a different location. So, this means Dawson can finally have a peace of mind, I mean his new boss can’t be worst than his old boss.
After being forced to resign from his job and at same time reclassified from white to mixed race (you will have to read the first book to know why), former detective sergeant Cooper moved to Durban to live a peaceful life. While there, he was doing low grade jobs and contract surveillance on the side for his old boss Major van Niekerk. His peaceful life came crashing down on the night he discovered a dead body at the docks.
This is the debut novel of Malla Nunn, and it’s my first time reading anything from her. I’ve never heard of her until the fateful day I discovered this book. I came across this novel by mere luck. After reading the Detective Darko Dawson series by Kwei Quartey, I was having a bad case of withdrawal and needed another detective series to quench my thirst. So, I went online and searched for African crime fictions and this was one of my search results. I consider this luck because most times when I search for novels to read online I usually don’t find good books.
This is the second book in the Inspector Darko Dawson mystery series. When a decomposed body is found in the muddy water of Agbogbloshie, Inspector Dawson is called to solve the mystery murder. While still investigating another murder happens which leads him to speculate the two murders are related. Further investigation with the assistance of his detective sergeant, Chikata reveals that a serial killer, who targets street children of Accra is on the loose.
This is the first book in the Inspector Darko Dawson crime series. It is set in Ketanu, a small rural town in Ghana. The book brings to light an old Ghanaian tradition called “trokosi” where young girls are offered to the fetish priest as wives in order to atone for the sin committed by a member of their families.