Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by Sir Richard Francis Burton, Kelly James dreamed of being an explorer but became a private investigator instead, handling cases that took her across the globe. It was in Africa that she experienced her greatest adventures and most memorable insights into the human experience. In this moving memoir, James vividly recalls four stunning cases: a plantation owner s alleged suicide; a trip chaperoning a teenage misfit through the jungles of Rwanda to find rare silverback gorillas; a search for a missing mother and daughter; and a trek into a Hell on earth that nearly killed her. Throughout, she encounters extraordinary women as well as corrupt officials, poachers, priests, tribesmen, and witchdoctors the flesh and blood characters whose souls have irrevocably touched her own. A personal glimpse into one uncommon woman, Dancing with the Witchdoctor is an exotic, mesmerising tour and a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.
In a series of moving and powerful stories based on her experiences as a private investigator, Kelly James draws us into the mystery that is Africa. James vividly recreates the remarkable people she encounters and the complex world they determinedly inhabit as she recalls four cases: a coffee farm owner's alleged suicide; chaperoning a teenage misfit through the jungles of Rwanda to find rare silverback gorillas; a search through the chaos, death, and decay of civil war for a missing mother and daughter; and a trek into a "Hell on earth" in which her sanity and life hang in the balance. Throughout, she encounters extraordinary women whose souls have irrevocably touched her own.
About the Author
Kelly James is an international investigator. She also gives seminars on international business culture and, when time allows, lectures to third world university women on the international job market. Aside from English, James also speaks Swahili, Zulu, Spanish, and Greek. She lives mostly in Mexico.