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The Boy Who Stole the Leopard's Spots: A Mystery (Belgian Congo Mystery) Kindle Edition

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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.

About the Author

Tamar Myers is the author of the Belgian Congo series and the Den of Antiquity series as well as the Pennsylvania-Dutch mysteries. Born and raised in the Congo, she lives in North Carolina.


Product Details

  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FO86CY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tamar Myers, who is of Mennonite background, is the author of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. Born and raised in the Congo, she lives in North Carolina.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin on July 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
How can you write "A Mystery" in the title, have it shelved in book stores under mystery, and it not be a mystery???
The only somewhat decent portion of the book was the last ten pages. I love mystery books- most are filled with suspense and make you not want to put the book down. This novel was SOOOO boring, I couldn't wait for it to be over! I kept waiting for something- anything- to happen, but I was sorely disappointed!

My other issues with this book include the author's choice of languages. I understand that she wanted to make this feel authentic, but at least 1/3 of the book has words in the native language of the Congo, French, Latin.... And then the author has to translate everything she writes making this boring novel way longer than it needed to be. I see the point in trying to make it realistic, but we are reading the book in English. We comprehend the people in the Congo speak another language. I would have preferred this book to be only in English and 50 pages shorter. Very redundant!

I also felt no connection to any of the characters. Frankly, I didn't care what happened to them, didn't care about their stories. The title is "The boy who stole the leopard's spots", but he really isn't a huge part of the book. The only character I found tolerable was Cripple, but honestly if she dropped dead at the end I doubt I would have even cared.

If you want a slow paced historical novel about the Belgian Congo in the 1950's then by all means order this book. But if you are in search of a mystery, a real page turner with any suspense, this isn't for you. I wasted an entire day at the beach reading this. Total disappointment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Although listed as a mystery, this story is more of life in the Belgian Congo (circa 1958). There are also chapters that alternated to the same area during 1935. Author Tamar Myers using her own experiences to write a descriptive narrative of what it was like during this turbulent time. Other than that, I didn't care for the plot (no mystery) or feel for the mail characters. IS it because I haven't read the first two books in the series? Not sure, but I will not go back to read them either.
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Format: Paperback
Having liked The Headhunter's Daughter so much, I was certain I would like this book. But, no, I didn't. The dialogue was very stilted and I couldn't understand some of what the protagonists seemed to understand between one another. The conversations often didn't translate to me.

The author kept translating words we knew from the previous book, and previous pages, and that got irritating.

Hey, call me stupid, but I still don't get the murders, or why the priest was accused of almost murdering Amanda and Cripple.
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This is the third of Tamar Myers Africa books. Since she grew up there, she knows what she's writing about and it definitely shows. This story rambles between times from 1935 to 1958. The characters are natives (especially Cripple, the devout heathen), the American Protestant missionary, and the many Europeans, mostly Catholic, some there with the church and others for diamonds. Of course, the boy is there (who grows up). It's an earthy tale of intrigue, religion, and mystery.
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By Kathryn Boyd on October 31, 2013
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I have enjoyed Tamar's first two books, "The Witch Doctor's Wife" and
"The Head Hunter's Daughter" but this book seems to drag on.

It's easy to put down and read other types of books.
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By coni on June 14, 2013
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I enjoyed this book soo much ! Am a huge tamar myers fan mostly the Penn Dutch mysteries,
comparable to the Number one ladiesdetective books.
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By Rebecca J Thomson on April 30, 2015
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The Belgian Congo series is a must. Wonderfully written,charactersI really cared about. A very good mesage about colonialism as well. If you have read The Poisonwood Bible, you will love this series.
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By pacem on January 1, 2014
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I just couldn't get into it ...couldn't care. Sorry. Wish I could say something better than that. I hope there's someone who loved it.
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