It's 1960 and Sergeant Ben Kella of the Solomon Islands police force is only a few days into a routine patrol of the most beautiful yet dangerous and primitive areas of the South Pacific.
Yet, already, he has been cursed by a magic man, stumbled across evidence of a cult uprising and failed to find an American anthropologist who has been scouring the mountainous jungle in search of a priceless erotic icon. To complicate matters further, at a local mission station, Kella discovers the redoubtable Sister Conchita secretly trying to bury a skeleton, before a mysterious gunman tries to kill her. Mission-educated yet an aofia - the traditional peacemaker of the islands - Kella is forced to link up with Sister Conchita, an independent and rebellious young American nun, in order to track down the perpetrators of a series of bizarre murders ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 23/06/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781849013406
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Set in the beautiful Solomon Islands, Devil-Devil is the first book in Graeme Kent’s mystery series featuring Sergeant Ben Kella and Sister Conchita. Kella, a sergeant in the British controlled police force, is a local islander of the Lau people, he is also a hereditary spirit peacekeeper. Sister Conchita is a new arrival, a young American nun both earthy and pragmatic, her independent behaviour has a tendency to draw her into trouble.It took me awhile to get into the story, but the descriptions of the culture and scenery of the islands kept me turning the pages. As I got deeper into the book I found the mystery gaining in importance, and soon I was involved in murder, missing people, and smuggled artifacts. Set in the early 1960’s with the promise of independence hovering on the horizon, the people of the Solomon Islands were struggling to blend their ancient ways and traditions while moving forward into a modern future. The British were facing an end to their colonial rule and hoping that eventual independence would ensure that the Solomon Islands would stay under their umbrella as part of the British Commonwealth. Overall I enjoyed Devil-Devil for it complicated plot, it’s unusual setting and interesting history. The characters are realistic and likeable, so I can definitely see myself continuing on with this series.