Sunday, September 15, 2019

On My Radar: Michael Stanley's Facets of Death

I've been a fan of the writing team known as Michael Stanley since their very first Detective Kubu mystery, A Carrion Death. Not only have these two men created a wonderful, multi-faceted character in David "Kubu" Bengu, but they seamlessly weave the culture and landscape of Botswana into compelling mysteries.

It's been a couple of years since the last Kubu mystery (Dying to Live), so I did my patented happy dance when I discovered information for the newest, which will be available on January 7, 2020.

Let's find out more about it!

Available January 7, 2020!

"David Bengu has always stood out from the crowd. His personality and his physique match his nickname, Kubu―Setswana for "hippopotamus"―a seemingly docile creature, but one of the deadliest in Africa. His keen mind and famous persistence have seen him rise in the Botswana CID. But how did he get his start?

Inauspiciously. His resentful new colleagues are suspicious of a detective who has entered the CID straight from university, skipping the usual beat cop phase. Nearly broke, with no car or wife, Kubu has the support of his parents, but success will depend on self-reliance. He is immediately plunged into investigations at two airports.

One takes him to the airport near Gaborone where something criminal is going on in baggage claim.

The other begins at Jwaneng Airport, where a plane bursts into flames. It's the opening move in a brutal heist of stones from the world's richest diamond mine. The robbers die in a shoot-out, but the diamonds remain missing. So who masterminded the crime? Rumors of a witch doctor's involvement send the detectives down a dark path. Ultimately, new recruit Kubu finds himself engineering a risky trap. Will his first major case prove his worth―or kill his career?"

I'm really looking forward to learning about Kubu when he first joined the police, and I hope you will be, too. If you haven't already given this series a try, please do. I highly recommend it-- it's made my Best Reads list three times!


  1. Another series that has been on my list for quite a while - probably because of your reviews. Ah, I'll get around to all of them at some point, right? Ha!

    1. You'll give 'er the good ole college try, anyway! LOL

  2. Oh, this one's on my radar now, too, Cathy. I don't always enjoy prequels and 'prequel-type' plots, but I like this writing team's work a lot. And I do like David Bengu as a character.

    1. Yes, the authors and their character sell any premise they want me to try.


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