So today it’s my turn on the blog tour for Michael Stanley’s A Death in the Family, a Detective Kubu mystery. I’m resharing my review as part of the tour!
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?
About the author:
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. Stanley was an educational psychologist, specialising in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and is a pilot. Michael specialises in image processing and remote sensing, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award.
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!