Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Witch Doctor's Wife

The Witch Doctor's Wife
by Tamar Myers

Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo. She used her memories of African folktales and customs to create the setting for her stand-alone novel, The Witch Doctor's Wife. It's 1958 and a small passenger plane is making its final descent to the dirt landing strip near the village of Belle Vue. The left propeller cut the branches of a eucalyptus tree and crashed lands. This frightening event is Amanda Brown's introduction to the Belgian Congo, her new home. Amanda is a missionary from South Carolina and her job is to manage the guesthouse in Belle Vue where missionaries who work in the bush come to relax and socialize. The largest employer in the area is a Belgian diamond consortium that rules with an iron fist. Anyone who tries to smuggle diamonds out is subject to stiff fines and the whip. The local witch doctor finds a large uncut diamond and attempts to sell it without the local diamond consortium finding out. His actions lead to murder and cause much grief for his beloved wife. This book is a world away from Myers' Pennsylvania Dutch and Den of Antiquity series, both geographically and in style. The Witch Doctor's Wife is an engaging novel but it is not as humorous as the books set in the United States. [If you enjoy this, you may also like the novels of Karen Harper.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Dept.

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