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Atmospheric, intriguing, and enthralling, this prequel to an established crime series is the perfect introduction to Detective Kubo from Botswana.
A thrilling and enthralling novel that is just so beautifully easy to read I raced through it while inhaling every word. This is the prequel to the Detective Kubu series of books set in Botswana by the writing duo of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. If you’ve not read any of the previous books in the series then of course this is the perfect start! Detective David ‘Kubo’ Bengu is recruited from university straight into the position of Detective Sergeant in CID which causes consternation in his colleagues and makes his first job of a diamond robbery all that much harder. The cast of characters with phonetic pronunciations and map at the beginning are particularly helpful. I love the feel of this novel, it takes all the attributes of Kubo and paints with them, allowing you fall for this gently charismatic and fiercely intelligent man as he learns his trade. The storyline is riveting, sense of place vivid, and characters fascinating. Set in 1998 Facets of Death is an atmospheric, intriguing, and wonderfully readable crime novel I most definitely recommend.
When a Botswana mine is robbed of 100,000 carats of diamonds and the thieves are murdered execution-style, Botswana's Detective Kubu begins a terrifying international investigation in this chilling prequel to the award-winning Detective Kubu series.
Recruited straight from university to Botswana's CID, David 'Kubu' Bengu has raised his colleagues' suspicions with his meteoric rise within the department, and he has a lot to prove...
When the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats worth of gems, and then the thieves are killed, execution-style, Kubu leaps at the chance to prove himself. But where are the diamonds? And what role does a witch doctor and his son play?
Does this young detective have the skill - and integrity - to engineer an international trap? Or could it cost him everything, including his life...?
A riveting, chilling prequel to the award-winning Detective Kubu series, Facets of Death introduces the beloved Kubu and his richly described native Botswana, in a dark, sophisticated thriller that will leave you breathless.
|Publication date:||27th February 2021|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
Praise for the Detective Kubu series
'A wonderful, original voice - McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly' Peter James
'Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will - a must read' Yrsa Sigurdardottir
'Detective David Kubu Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling. The exotic smells and sounds of Botswana fill the pages as well as the changes and struggles of a country brimming with modern technology yet fiercely clinging to old traditions. Compelling and deceptively written ...' New York Journal of Books
'Impossible to put down' Library Journal
'My favourite writing duo since Ellery Queen' Ragnar Jonasson
'Richly atmospheric ... a gritty depiction of corruption and deception' Publishers Weekly
Michael Stanley is the writing team of native Africans Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. The two friends have had many adventures together, including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, surviving a charging elephant and losing their navigation maps while flying over the Kalahari. Michael Sears lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Stanley Trollip divides his time between South Africa and Minneapolis, MN.More About Michael Stanley