Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Witch Doctor's Wife

Some of you may be familiar with Tamar Myers mystery series set in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside but how many of you knew that Tamar was born and raised in the Belgian Congo in the '50s with missionary parents?  The Witch Doctor's Wife is a story set in the Congo where a young American girl arrives to run a guesthouse for visiting missionaries. The town is sitting on a diamond mine and one of the characters finds his son sucking on the biggest rock ever seen. The missionary hires one of the local Witch Doctor's two wives to be her housekeeper and finds herself involved in a plot involving diamomds and her servants Cripple and Protruding Navel.  A look into life in the Belgian Congo as it was for the Belgians, the natives and the missionaries.  It's a quick and enjoyable read and might just spark some interest in putting Africa on your places-not-to-miss list.

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