Saturday, July 7, 2012
The Boy Who Stole the Leopards Spots by Tamar Myers....R&G!
A decades-old murder, a strange superstition, an enormous snake, and one giant secret are about to rock the beautiful Belle Vue to its core.
It is a time of great upheaval for the Belgian Congo and Belle Vue is not safe from the changes. But there are more pressing problems as an unsolved disappearance brings up issues for some of the denizens of the village. Add to that a sudden influx of strangers and a horrible storm that literally divides the village in half, and suddenly danger seems to be everywhere.
The lovely young American missionary Amanda, the police chief Captain Pierre Jardin, and the local witch doctor and his wise-woman wife, Cripple, all become embroiled in the mystery as evil omens and strange happenings at every turn suggest that more lives will be lost before the true killer is unmasked.
First of all, it came as no surprise to me that the author, Tamar Myers, grew up in the Belgian Congo. The cultural aspects and scenery of this novel were so authentic and I am certain that only a native could have given this book so much depth. I found the culture to be fascinating and disturbing and I have to say that I almost enjoyed the vivid cultural aspects as much as the mystery itself! The story itself flips between two dates and focuses on the lives of twins spared (twins are usually killed in these times in the Belgian Congo). Get ready to be transported into a different time and place thanks to the talented story weaver, Tamar Myers!
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