~Blog Tour Review~ Dying to Live by Michael Stanley

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Dying to Live, the latest in the Detective Kubu series, by Michael Stanley. I’ll be sharing my review with you all further down, but first, here’s all of the important bookish information that you need to know!

About the book:

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The sixth mystery in the beloved and critically acclaimed Detective Kubu series. Kubu and his colleague Samantha Khama track a killer through the wilds of Botswana on their most dangerous case yet.

When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles… but where is the entry wound? When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman? As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow. A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.

Click HERE to get your copy!

About the author(s):

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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. 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

 

My thoughts:

Having read and loved the previous books in the series, Deadly Harvest and A Death In The Family , I was thrilled to hear that Dying To Live was on its way!

In Dying to Live, Detective Kubu gets involved in the investigation into the death of a Bushman whose body was found near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. During the course of his investigation, Kubu begins to learn that all is most definitely not what it seems.

Parallel to this, a prominent witch doctor is reported missing. This in turn leads to Kubu wondering if both incidents are related. There seems to be more questions than answers to be found. Kubu and his team find themselves in the midst of something much darker than they could have anticipated.

Kubu is by far one of my favourite characters to read about. I smile when I start these books because he is just such an affable and genuine character. I love how he’s also very family-oriented. This is really cemented in Dying to Live when he and his wife, Joy, have to deal with some issues at home.

I don’t want to say anymore because this book is full of mystery and I’d be afraid to give anything away. Its always better to let the reader enjoy the story and untangle the writer’s web of deceit!

Gripping, mysterious and full of excellent characters, Dying to Live is another perfect example of Sunshine Noir.

Highly recommended!

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A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley Blog Tour

Hi everyone!

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?

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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.

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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🙂

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 🙂