Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review of “Dying To Live”, by Michael Stanley, as part of the Blog Tour.
About the Book:
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. A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.
Whilst this is the sixth in the Detective Kubu series, it works well as a standalone. This is the first time I’ve read “Sunshine Noir” and it certainly won’t be the last!
The main mystery surrounds a dead local Bushman – he seems to be old on the outside and young on the inside. This peaks the interest of Detective Kubu. In the meantime, his colleague, Detective Khama, picks up the case of a missing witch doctor. Are the two cases linked? Add in gangsters, smuggling and drug manufacturers, and you know you are in for a wild ride!
I really enjoyed this book. I was sucked in to the surroundings of the bush and the heat and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture.
I also really liked the main characters of Detectives Kubu and Khama. Kubu is a particularly well thought out character – we see him both in and out of work, dealing with family troubles and emergencies. He’s a kind and caring character who looks out for others.
The mystery itself was also good. I was intrigued by the Bushman, and enjoyed following Detective Khama’s investigation into the missing witch doctor. I’ll admit when other elements appeared (gangsters especially) I was a little sceptical, but it all made sense eventually!
Overall, I would give this a 4* rating.
*Thank you to Orenda Books for the free copy in exchange for an honest review*
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.