Devil-Devil:Sergeant Kella and Sister Conchita Series
by Graeme Kent
Cover Artist: Photo: Louise Murray / Getty Images
Review by Mel Jacob
Soho Crime Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781569478738
Date: 08 February 2011 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Graeme Kent's new mystery series features police Sergeant Ben Kella and Catholic nun Sister Conchita. Despite their different beliefs, the two seek the killer of one old man and the kidnappers of an American anthropologist in the Solomon Islands some eighteen years after World War II. Old rivalries and criminal elements confuse the search and place Kella and Sister Conchita in jeopardy.
A native Solomon Islander at odds with his people and his superiors, Kella strives to fulfill his roles as a hereditary peacekeeper for his people and a sergeant in the colonial police force. Sister Conchita, young and dedicated, finds herself in a similar situation with her more traditional superiors in the Church as she works to help the islanders and Kella.
Devil-Devil pits custom against the British Colonial government where custom is the old way of life and worship among the Solomon Islanders. When a sacred relic disappears, Kella fears the anthropologist may suffer a ritual death at the hands of angry bushmen. He also worries it could lead to another uprising and many deaths.
Sister Conchita has educated herself on the history of the islands and wants to learn more as well as ministering to the Christians there. She works with an old priest, Father Pierre, beloved by many, but his superiors want him to retire. Observant and intelligent, she witnesses things that later endanger her and Kella.
A few stereotypes appear in the Colonial Service and the Church hierarchy, but most characters are well rounded. Devil-Devil introduces a colorful new mystery series for Soho. Readers will root for the pair and hope to see them again. The unusual setting adds to the attraction.