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Devil-Devil by Graeme Kent
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Mar 27, 11

bookshelves: mystery-australasia
Read in March, 2011

What a terrific book! It's the start of the 1960's, and Sister Conchita (she thought they were sending her to South America) has arrived at a mission on one of the Solomon Islands. She soon meets Sgt. Kella, one of the indigenous people who's expected to go far as soon as the remaining British give the islands independence. Kella is also the aofia, an office given to a select heir of chiefs, who is supposed to make things right for his people, solving problems, defusing feuds. Kella is back on his home island after being sent to Guadalcanal as punishment for his actions in an earlier case; now he is supposed to find a missing American anthropologist and nothing more, according to his drunken, envious English boss. But first someone finds a skeleton, then an old man dies mysteriously, and there are rumors of a cargo cult uprising in the remote mountains. Then someone shoots at Sister Conchita and Kella, wounding him. It's too much for flesh and blood to bear! Kella has to find out. And Sister Conchita--a problem for her own hierarchy for her rashness and disobedience--has to find out more about the people she's been sent to help. This is supposed to be the first of a series, and I can't wait until the next one. I wish Kent had included a glossary, but that's my only criticism of this action-packed, character-rich novel.
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