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Strange Gods

British East Africa, 1911
There are rules for the British and rules for tribal people. Vera McIntosh, daughter of Scottish missionaries, having grown up in Africa with Kikuyu playmates, is not the well-bred Scottish maiden her mother would like her to be. More than anything, she dreams of the idealistic and handsome Justin Tolliver, an Assistant District Superintendent of Police she's danced with.

When the body of Vera's uncle, the doctor at the mission hospital, is found with a tribesman's spear in his back, Tolliver comes to investigate. He first focuses on a Kikuyu medicine man known to have condemned the doctor, whose cures were increasingly preferred over his. But the weapon is a Maasai spear, not Kikuyu, and it's doubtful the witch doctor would have used it.

Tolliver's superior wants him to arrest the medicine man, but Tolliver pleads for the chance to prove the man's guilt. With the help of Kwai Libazo, a tribal lieutenant, Tolliver discovers that others also had reasons to hate the Scottish doctor.

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This romantic and engaging mystery captures the beauty and the danger of the African wild and the complexities of life when cultures clash.

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The Idol of Mombasa

The Coast of British East Africa, 1912
The British are tangled in an uneasy peace with the Sultan of Zanzibar. Much of the tangle concerns the slave trade. The British have outlawed it, but Arab law permits it, and to keep the uneasy peace, the Brits must turn a blind eye to some infractions of their rules.

This slippery morality infuriates Vera Tolliver, a Scottish missionary's daughter and the bride of an English police officer whose job it is to enforce the law...after he figures out what it is. The murder of a runaway slave only increases the complications, especially because a longtime friend of Vera's family is the likeliest suspect. And Vera and Tolliver discover that official fingers are knotted into the tangle's every strand.

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The Blasphemers

The Highlands of British East Africa, 1913
Justin Tolliver is on the brink of enormous change. The younger son of an English peer-with no money and no prospects-he had joined the police force, full of dreams of bringing His Majesty's justice to a dark and savage world. But, after two years, with his faith in British justice in tatters, Justin is opting instead for life as a farmer and a newly minted family-man.

It is his wife, Vera, who has helped him put aside images of darkness and to see Africa as all but lit from within. Even as Justin is embracing Africa, Vera's faith in the land is being tested, as she is brought face to face with terrible brutalities and her own naiveté. There are murders, yes, and Justin and Vera will take a hand in solving them. When the crimes are solved, Justin and Vera will eventually have to reckon with unexpected levels of injustice.

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