Welcome to my spot on the Dying To Live blog tour. I’m delighted to post my review today for this fantabulous book by Michael Stanley, published by Orenda books.
Dying To Live
When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles … but where is the entry wound? When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman? As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow.
As soon as I read the first page of Dying to Live, I was completely hooked. Having not read the previous books in the series, it has been a wonderful, wonderful surprise finding a character in Detective Kubu who has come to be a new favourite of mine. Dying to Live is rich in glorious detail; the culture and landscape leap from the pages and envelope you. I hugely enjoyed this novel, a fact that has produced big anticipation for the next novel by this ingenious writing duo.
The body of an old bushman is found near the Kalahari game reserve. An autopsy reveals an anomaly that is as puzzling as it is shocking. Inside the body of an elderly man, are the internal organs of a man many years his junior.
When a famous witch doctor goes missing – a case that alludes to sharing links with the dead bushman – Detective Kubu is drawn into a mystery in which lurks greed, corruption and smuggling.
Detective Kubu is a fine character. Something I really loved about him was that he is a family man. As well as being kind, endearing and monumentally brilliant as a detective. It was so lovely to have Kubu come along and provide a breath of fresh air.
The locations in Dying to Live play a huge part. I haven’t visited Africa and I really enjoyed getting a feel for the locale. This novel is rich in colour and beautifully reflects the inimitable ingredients that every mystery needs. Fabulous.
Dying to Live is a novel that takes a look into the world of greed and corruption, the selfishness of human nature and the seedy politics of smuggling. A mystery to lose yourself in. Absolutely fabulous!
Intense. Dark. Fascinating.
If you would like to buy Dying To Live here is the link!
And here is the link if you’d like to read the other books in the series!
About the authors:
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. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award.
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Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!