Today is my stop on the blog tour for the brilliant Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley and I’m delighted to finally be able to share my review.
About the book:
A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama – new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department – suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts. When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind …
About the authors:
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.
When I started Deadly Harvest, I had no idea what to expect! However, once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop as I was drawn in immediately!
Opening with the abduction of a young girl, the book definitely starts with a twist as the reader is made to question who would take a child, and why? And why did the girl go with them so easily?
Set in Botswana, the location gives a fabulous backdrop to the story. I am so used to reading books set in colder climes, that Deadly Harvest was a welcome change to the norm.
I don’t want to give anything away as regards the plot, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Sufficed to say, Deadly Harvest is an exceptional read. I thoroughly enjoyed this break away from the usual crime and police procedurals.
The authors have a brilliant way of writing. It has the quality of storytelling, in that their narrative slowly encircles your mind until it is all you can think about. This book was exactly that for me. I was gripped completely from the opening chapters, right until the very end.
I am grateful to Karen at Orenda Books and to Michael Stanley for giving me a chance to read this book, and join in on the blog tour!
An absolutely exceptional book, Deadly Harvest is a thrilling, captivating and I cannot recommend it highly enough! You can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below:
Deadly Harvest (Detective Kubu) by Michael Stanley
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