A Death In The Family by Michael Stanley

*My thanks as always to the lovey Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my copy of A Death In The Family*

About the book:

‘There’s no easy way to say this, Kubu. Your father’s dead. I’m afraid he’s been murdered.’

Faced with the violent death of his own father, even Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu, Botswana CID’s keenest mind, is baffled. Who would kill such a frail old man? The picture becomes even murkier with the apparent suicide of a government official. Are Chinese mine-owners involved? And what role does the US Embassy have to play?
Set amidst the dark beauty of modern Botswana, A Death in the Family is a thrilling insight into a world of riots, corruption and greed, as a complex series of murders presents the opera-loving, wine connoisseur detective with his most challenging case yet. When grief-stricken Kubu defies orders and sets out on the killers’ trail, startling and chilling links emerge, spanning the globe and setting a sequence of shocking events in motion. Will Kubu catch the killers in time … and find justice for his father?

My thoughts:

I am loving this series!!! Detective Kubu is just such a likeable character that it’s hard not to enjoy these books. Having read Deadly Harvest (review Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley *Blog Tour*) I was excited to read the next installment.

A Death in the Family opens with a bit of a shock. Kubu’s dad, Wilmon, has been murdered. I loved his character in Deadly Harvest, so I was a bit sad to read that this stoic, strong man had been killed. I felt a huge array of emotions for Kubu too. It’s not difficult to see the love and respect he had for his father and it’s hard to read about his sadness.

Once I started reading, I was hooked. Being transported back to Botswana was a welcome change for me, and it really is like catching up with old friends when you read books in a series. Especially in this one because Kubu, Joy, Nono and Tumi are such a loving family and the way these books are written almost make you feel like you’re a part of the family too. There is a coziness to the Detective Kubu series that you don’t get with other books and I love it!

A Death in the Family is about Kubu’s grief and anger about his father, but there is so much more going on in the book. There is corruption, greed, power and retribution also runing through the book. Interwoven together beautifully, the authors have yet again provided an excellent novel that most certainly ticks the Sunshine Noir box.

I thoroughly enjoyed A Death in the Family (in the least morbid way possible!!!) and I would definitely recommend it! You can click HERE to purchase a copy!

Happy Reading 🙂


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