A RIVETING, CHILLING PREQUEL TO THE AWARD-WINNING DETECTIVE KUBU SERIES
PUBLICATION DATE: 29 APRIL 2021 | ORENDA BOOKS | PAPERBACK ORIGINAL | £8.99
A dark and sophisticated thriller set in the heart of Botswana, introducing Michael Stanley’s beloved Detective Kubu
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 the thieves are found, executed, Kubu leaps at the chance to prove himself. First he must find the
diamonds – and it seems that a witch doctor and his son have a part to play.
Does this young detective have the skill and integrity to engineer an international trap? Or could it cost him everything?
Facets of Death by Michael Stanley is the original story of Detective Kubu. This is my first read from the series, which is kind of cool, because now I have this backstory when I read the rest.
I always love a foundation story. Character development is the most important aspect in a book for me, so learning about Detective Kubu was excellent. He’s a great character and I look forward to seeing how he takes what he learns here, and uses it in future novels.
The writing flows very well. A fast paced thriller with some dark moments, that kept me on the edge of my seat. I’m looking forward to reading the other novels in this series. I recommend giving Facets of Death a read.
*I received a free copy of this book from Random Things Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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 specialised in image processing and remote sensing and taught 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 David ‘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 shortlisted for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award. They have also written a thriller, Dead of Night, following the investigative journalist, Crystal Nguyen, who gets caught up in the war against rhino poaching and rhino-horn smuggling.
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