World War II is raging, but in this dusty backwater of the Belgian Congo, the most pressing problem is finding a cold beer. That’s the case at least for Hooper Talliaferro, a genial U.S. government flunkey sent to Africa on a vague errand related to the war effort. What he finds at the failing Congo-Ruizi plantation won?t help the Allies much. Like colonialism itself, the owner is dying of a slow poison, and neither his bitter round-heeled wife nor the plantation manager, drowning in gin and mysterious guilt, can muster the energy to care. But along with Hooper arrives Dr. Mary Finney, a formidable missionary with both moral outrage and sleuthing skills to spare. Like an irresistible cross between Agatha Christie and Alexander McCall Smith (with a dash of Anton Chekhov), Devil in the Bush introduces Dr. Finney as a sort of blunt-spoken Yankee Miss Marple, with likeable, lightweight Hooper?the series narrator?standing by as her faithful scribe.