Event—Adult Education

African Murder Mysteries


In this class, we’re traveling to Africa to examine mysteries from the continent over five weeks.

Wife of the Gods (2009) by Kwei Quartey

Class Description

This five-week class will explore the rich history of murder mysteries in Africa. Each week, we will read and discuss a mystery from a different country and author, exploring how mysteries became popular in Africa. We will consider points that make African mysteries unique, including politics, racial tensions, economics, and outside influences.

Tom manages an IT department for a manufacturing company during the day and likes to teach classes about mysteries, spies, and history at night.

Materials List

  • James McClure, The Steam Pig. Soho Crime, 1970. ISBN: 978-1569476529
  • Kwei Quartey, Wife of the Gods. Random House, 2010. ISBN: 978-0812979367
  • Parker Bilal, The Golden Scales. Bloomsbury USA, 2012. ISBN: 978-1608197941
  • Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Nairobi Heat. Melville International Crime, 2011. ISBN: 978-1935554646
  • Femi Kayode, Lightseekers. Raven Books, 2022. ISBN: 978-1526617576
  • Unity Dow, The Screaming of the Innocent. Spiniflex Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-1876756208

First Reading

  • Read the book The Steam Pig by James McClure for the first session.

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $247 ($220.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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