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Deadly Harvest (Paperback)

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A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama - new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department - suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts.

When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David `Kubu' Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind...

'... a fascinating police procedural ... the most complex book in this series. Besides being an intricate crime puzzle that Kubu and his team must untangle, it also looks at societal issues' St Paul Pioneer Press

`Compelling and deceptively written...' New York Journal of Books

`Richly atmospheric ... a gritty depiction of corruption and deception' Publishers Weekly

`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

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersClassic crimeFiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersPolitical / legal thriller Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 15/05/2016 ISBN-13: 9781910633441  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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. 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 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original mystery and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers' award. A Death in the Family and Dying to Live are the latest in the Detective Kubu series, published in 2017 by Orenda Books. For information about Botswana, the book and its protagonist, and to sign up for an occasional newsletter, please visit Visit Michael Stanley on Facebook at, and on Twitter @detectivekubu

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Having read the third in the intelligent Detective Kubu series written by Michael Stanley and absolutely loving it, I couldn't wait to read book four "Deadly Harvest" - this time published by Orenda books. I wasn't disappointed, if anything my interest in this series has gone up even higher, such was the well thought out gritty subject of witchcraft, political corruption and man's obsession with power. I'm learning a lot about Botswana and South African cultures throughout this series and it is very interesting to learn about a country I don't often read about in fiction. Assistant Superintendent David Bengu nicknamed 'Kubu' (which translates as hippopotamus) is such a likeable character, very personable and dedicated to his job. He doesn't always do things by the book which makes him all the more enjoyable to read and often thinks more about where his next meal is coming from due to his insatiable appetite. So funny to read about him eating a KFC whilst on a stake out and munching cookies hidden in his office. "Deadly Harvest" is set on a background of reality - the dark side of witch doctors and black magic, specifically the few powerful ones who use human body parts in their 'muti' (herbal potions), unlike the genuine traditional healers who use only herbs and at most animal parts in theirs. Sadly, sadistic murders do occur in South African black magic in order for certain body parts to be used and it really is a terrible business, something I never realised still happened. There's an ancient superstition that the true believers are cursed by witch doctors if they don't do as they are told and it must be truly scary to live like that, in fear of magic they cannot see. One of the girls mentioned in the story (Segametsi Mogomotsi) was actually killed for multi in real life and once I had learned this I was very saddened, it truly brought home the horrific ordeal these victims must have gone through for these powerful potions to be made. Michael Stanley is the writing partnership of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip and it really does work, combining their travels through South Africa and their joint love for Botswana into fabulous and entertaining crime books. It's become an absolute pleasure to read this series and it was a joy to devote my recent weekend to Kubu and this compelling book. A police procedural like no other, this addictive and colourful story will have you turning pages faster than you can read, I highly recommend this brilliantly written series and will be starting the fifth in the series "Death in the Family" very soon. Another well deserved 5 stars.

- 08/08/2018
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