From Publishers Weekly
Rarely have good intentions wrought more disastrous results than in this captivating Belgian Congo adventure, by turns comic and suspenseful, a worthy sequel to its predecessor, The Witch Doctor's Wife (2009). In October 1958, reports of a white girl living among the Bashilele tribe of headhunters shock young American missionary Amanda Brown; her dashing police captain suitor, Pierre Jardin; her conniving maid, Cripple; and the rest of the diamond-mining outpost of Belle Vue. Could the self-possessed teen known as "Ugly Eyes" be the same Belgian who vanished from the community as an infant 13 years earlier? In any case, what should become of her? Answering these questions proves unexpectedly complex as well as surprisingly dangerous. Myers (Butter Safe than Sorry and 17 other Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries) spins an engagingly devious yarn, but what truly elevates this effort is the warmth with which she evokes the now-vanished Congo where she spent much of her childhood. (Feb.)
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Drawing on her experiences from childhood, when she lived with her missionary parents deep in Belgian Congo, Myers has fashioned a charming mystery series very much in the vein of Alexander McCall Smith�s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. In this second adventure (following The Witch Doctor�s Wife, 2009), it is 1958, and word has reached the mission station that a white girl (not an albino) is living with an isolated tribe of headhunters. Could this be the baby girl who disappeared from her carriage 13 years previously? Missionary Amanda Brown sets out with lifelong Congo dweller Captain Pierre and her maid, Cripple, to locate the girl and return her to her rightful people. Thick with atmosphere, the novel is a gentle read, yet Myers does not hesitate to acknowledge the simmering racial tensions that plagued all levels of Congolese society in the last few years before independence. An excellent choice for book groups. --Jessica Moyer