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The Devil in the Bush

Matthew Head

The Devil in the Bush

Dr. Mary Finney #1

$ 9.99

World War II is raging, but in this dusty backwater of the Belgian Congo, the biggest problem is finding a cold beer. Thatís the case, at least, for Hooper Taliaferro, a U.S. government gofer sent to Africa on a vague errand related to the war effort. What he finds at the failing Congo-Ruzi plantation wonít help the Allies much. Like colonialism itself, the owner is dying of a slow poison, and neither his staff nor his sluttish wife can muster the energy to care. But along with Hooper arrives Dr. Mary Finney, a formidable missionary with both moral outrage and sleuthing skills to spare. The Devil in the Bush introduces Dr. Finney as a sort of blunt-spoken Yankee Miss Marple, with likable, lightweight Hooper as her faithful scribe.

"Head demonstrates . . . how to combine the formal detective novel with a witty, literate novel of character perception” —New York Times

Who's likely to like this: Fans of Agatha Christie’s “Miss Marple” series

2017 • Fiction/Mystery • 192 pages • ISBN: 9781631941085

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