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Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollop who are both retired professors from South Africa. They went on many flying safaris together to Botswana and that’s how the idea for the Kubu novels was born. A Death in the Family is the fifth in the award-winning series featuring Detective David “Kubu” Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigations Division. Kubu’s father is violently murdered and Kubu has no clue who would want his father dead. Even more frustrating is that his boss bans him from the investigation, ordering him to look into an apparent suicide of an official from the Department of Mines. Kubu finds himself in the middle of a generational war involving a Chinese business venture.

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ISBN: 9781250070890
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Minotaur Books - October 27th, 2015

"A Death in the Family "is the fifth book in this exceptional series and begins with a bang when Kubu's elderly father is murdered. Kubu is ordered away from the case, but as usual, he has trouble following orders.

Meanwhile, in the small town of Shoshong, the local Chinese-owned mine wants to take over part of the village. A week later, a senior official in the Department of Mines is found dead. Kubu becomes convinced that the official was murdered.

As always, Michael Stanley creates a seamless and complex mystery with a fascinating look at modern-day Africa.


Deadly Harvest: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu Series #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062221520
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 30th, 2013

 The fourth mystery in the beloved and critically acclaimed Detective Kubu series tracks a series of murders and the mysterious witch doctor whose nefarious potions might hold the key to a web of missing persons. 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.


Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu Series #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062000378
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2011

The best book yet in one of the best series going: a serious novel with a mystery at its core that takes us places we've never been."--Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong

Mystery readers who have not yet made the acquaintance of larger than life African investigator Detective David "Kubu" Bengu are doing themselves a great disservice. Death of the Mantis is the third Kubu novel from author Michael Stanley--following the critically acclaimed A Carrion Death and The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu--and it plunges the robust manhunter into the chaotic center of a murder case involving nomadic Bushmen that is stoking the fires of prejudice and tribal hatred.


The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu Series #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061252501
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 2010

 Botswana's Detective Kubu is caught in a twisted tangle of money, murder, andhidden motives, in his second evocative mystery.


A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu (Detective Kubu Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061252419
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 31st, 2009

Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour--no body, no case.

But Kalahari game rangers stumble on the human corpse mid-meal. The murder wasn't perfect after all. Enter Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, an investigator whose personality and physique match his moniker, the Setswana word for hippopotamus--which is a seemingly docile beast, but one of the deadliest, and most persistent, on the continent.

Beneath a mountain of lies and superstitions, Kubu uncovers a chain of crimes leading to the most powerful figures in the country--cold-bloodedly efficient and frighteningly influential enemies who can make anyone who gets in their way disappear.


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