Today, I’m delighted to host the next stop on the A Death in the Family blog tour by Michael Stanley. I have added the opening paragraph of the novel so you can see how beautifully written it is along with my review.
‘Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu was enjoying his dream. He was at an all-you-can-eat buffet at The Palms hotel. His table was on the patio away from the noisy bar, and Joy, his wife, was visiting her sister, so she couldn’t limit how much he could eat.’
Faced with the violent death of his own father, even Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu, Botswana’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 present 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?
This is another instalment in the Kubu series which sees Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Benga woken in the middle of the night only to be told devastating news that his own father has been violently murdered.As events unfold and Kubu is assigned to a ‘suspected’ suicide he starts to suspect that the murder of his father is not the first and he is on the hunt for a killer who will not stop until they get what they want.
I loved this novel which is so beautifully written with its vivid imagery which really brings the world of Botswana to life for me, showing the traditions of this culture and its authentic language making this a rich and compelling story.
Detective Kubu is an interesting character who has an inquisitive mind, a thirst for justice and is a wine drinking connoisseurwho has a deep rooted sense of family. This theme of family ties is reflected through the relationships Kubu has with his mother, wife and children which brought in an added dimension to my reading experience. Kubu does struggle with his grief throughout the story which brought some very touching moments in the book which I adored.
I thought this book was full of pace, suspense and has a dark undertone. What amazed me when reading was I had no idea who the killer was until very late on in the novel! The authors did a fantastic job of keeping the culprit hidden with the many red herrings and twists.
This is a fabulous book full of beautiful descriptions, is fast paced with many twists and turns. This is a dark crime novel I would definitely recommend!
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