Murder at Cape Three Points
Kwei Quartey

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Narrated By: Dominic Hoffman

Duration: 10 hours and 13 minutes

What to expect

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 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? 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 federal police finally agree to get involved, Detective Inspector Darko Dawson of the Accra police force is sent out 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 unearths a host of motives for murder, from personal vendettas to corporate conspiracies.


Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery: police procedural, Crime and mystery fiction

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“Quartey’s mastery of the art of misdirection serves him well in his third mystery featuring Accra, Ghana, homicide detective Darko Dawson…A complex plot, combined with a warts-and-all lead and an evocative portrayal of the author’s native country, add up to a winner.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series will enjoy the African setting and the large cast of interesting characters, while the twists and turns of Quartey’s plotting will satisfy any choosy mystery fan.”

Library Journal

“In Ghana, Accra DI Darko Dawson’s third case—the murder of an oil executive and his equally prominent wife—is his biggest and most ambitious yet…Quartey lays out what feel like endless possibilities with exemplary patience and clarity, unveiling world beneath world in Dawson’s Ghana.”