Twenty-first century Botswana is a country with real issues and real murders. In this collection of stories – one never previously published – Detective Kubu investigates three mysterious deaths. A man is stabbed outside a bar. Is it just a jealous fight or is there something much more sinister behind it? A man suffers a gruesome death in a country town. Is it the result of witchcraft, or could there be another cause? A policeman is shot dead at close range in his own home. Is it the colleagues of a man he killed who was resisting arrest? And what of his wife’s alibi?
In the last story of the collection, The Haunting, a very unusual detective in South Africa solves a strange disappearance and fraud in a most unconventional way.
Kubu is also introduced in an exclusive interview.
… saturated with local color . . . Happily, Kubu is also hugely appealing—
big and solid and smart enough to grasp all angles of this mystery. Readers may be
lured to Africa by the landscape, but it takes a great character like Kubu to win our
New York Times Book Review
Kubu’s painstaking detecting skills make him a sort of Hercule Poirot of the desert.
Library Journal starred review
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, both South
Africans by birth. Both have been professors who have worked in academia and business,
Sears in South Africa and Trollip in the USA. Their love of watching the wildlife of the
subcontinent has taken them on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe. Their novels set in Botswana are A CARRION DEATH, THE SECOND DEATH OF GOODLUCK TINUBU (A DEADLY TRADE outside the US & Canada) and DEATH OF THE MANTIS.
Their books have been short listed for a variety of awards including the Anthony and the Edgar. DEATH OF THE MANTIS won the Barry Award for best mystery paperback original in 2012.
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