Aug 15, 2012

Book Feature: The Boy Who Stole the Leopard's Spots by Tamar Myers

Title: The Boy Who Stole the Leopard's Spots: A Mystery
Author: Tamar Myers
Genre: historical mystery
William Morrow Paperbacks; May 8, 2012
Source: publisher

Opening sentences: 
"It was much cooler in the canyon that lay in front of, and below, the village. Over centuries the crystal clear spring had carved itself a bed two hundred meters lower than the surrounding savannah. Erosion had widened this space enough to accommodate a forest with trees large enough to require buttress roots, their crowns soaring up to neck-craning heights. It was a place of magic, awe, and, of course, much superstition.... One night the chief stayed in the canyon to kill a leopard that had ben terrorizing his village. This is the story of what happened, and how it came to be that a boy could steal a leopard's spots, and what that would mean for that boy when he grew into a man." ( from the Prologue) 

About the book:
American missionary Amanda, police chief Captain Pierre Jardin, and the local witch doctor and his wife, Cripple, all become embroiled in the mystery as evil omens and strange happenings in the village of Belle Vue in the Belgian Congo suggest more lives will be lost before a killer is unmasked. (from the book description)


Staci said...

I checked out her first book twice and never read it!!!

Harvee said...

Staci: She writes two mystery series that are quite good: the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries and Den of Antiquity mysteries. The Den of Antiquity mysteries are quite funny!

Zibilee said...

I loved that quote, and have never read this author before. I think it would probably be something that I would enjoy, and since there is room for one mystery series in my life right now, I will keep my eyes peeled for the first on the Den of Antiquity series. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Suko said...

Terrific quote! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

The Bookworm said...

Great passage, this book sounds good.

Unknown said...

That's quite an interesting subject matter in this book.
Well done review, Harvee.


PS Stop over at my blog and say hi.
I'm having a giveaway for "Stranger in the Room" and think it's a book you'd enjoy.

Yvonne said...

I didn't know this author wrote historical mysteries, too. I read the first book in one of her cozy series and enjoyed it alot. I'll have to check this book out.

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