How can you write "A Mystery" in the title, have it shelved in book stores under mystery, and it not be a mystery???
The only somewhat decent portion of the book was the last ten pages. I love mystery books- most are filled with suspense and make you not want to put the book down. This novel was SOOOO boring, I couldn't wait for it to be over! I kept waiting for something- anything- to happen, but I was sorely disappointed!
My other issues with this book include the author's choice of languages. I understand that she wanted to make this feel authentic, but at least 1/3 of the book has words in the native language of the Congo, French, Latin.... And then the author has to translate everything she writes making this boring novel way longer than it needed to be. I see the point in trying to make it realistic, but we are reading the book in English. We comprehend the people in the Congo speak another language. I would have preferred this book to be only in English and 50 pages shorter. Very redundant!
I also felt no connection to any of the characters. Frankly, I didn't care what happened to them, didn't care about their stories. The title is "The boy who stole the leopard's spots", but he really isn't a huge part of the book. The only character I found tolerable was Cripple, but honestly if she dropped dead at the end I doubt I would have even cared.
If you want a slow paced historical novel about the Belgian Congo in the 1950's then by all means order this book. But if you are in search of a mystery, a real page turner with any suspense, this isn't for you. I wasted an entire day at the beach reading this. Total disappointment!