The screaming of the innocent by Unity Dow [Christine, Takapuna Library]
Although this book is set in Botswana and the protagonists are mostly women this is a far darker story than those about Precious Ramotswe.
Here is Amantle, a brave young woman with ambition to be a doctor. As part of her training she is sent to the nurses' station in a village far from the capital, Gabrone. There she discovers a box of bloodied clothes, that once belonged to a girl who disappeared five years ago. The villagers believe that the girl, Neo, was 'harvested' for use in witchcraft. This is not an unreasonable theory in Botswana; some men believe that eating human body parts can make them more powerful or richer.
There is a huge division between the sophisticated city dwellers and the plain-living villagers but corruption and superstition taint the whole society. Just as well there are brave women such as Amantle and her friends who persevere to get justice.