Born and raised
in the Belgian Congo, Tamar Myers returns to her birthplace
for a third suspense story set in the riverside town of Belle
The story presents a cast of intriguing characters
including missionaries, colorful villagers, and the local
Told in alternating time periods, 1927-35
and 1958, the crux of the story centers on what happens to
a local tribal chief’s twins. They should have been
killed after they were born, according to local custom, but
the chief is able to save them.
A dark secret involving a Catholic missionary
and the twins festers for decades before the death of one
of the twins brings to light the sins of the past.
Not only does this tale capture the social
changes and problems that emerge as colonial rule is coming
to an end in the Belgian Congo, but it also accents the tensions
between the native and white population.
mystery, The Boy Who Stole the Leopard’s Spots
is filled with local color and offers a mesmerizing story
of intrigue, murder and strange occurrences that are guaranteed
to keep even the most jaded suspense fan reading.