Deadly Harvest (Detective Kubu Series #4)

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Girls are disappearing in Botswana. The rumor is they're being harvested for muti, a witch doctor's potion traditionally derived from plants and animals—and which, some believe, can be made more potent by adding human remains. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu joins the investigation with the police force's newest detective—and only woman—Samantha Khama, for whom the case is personal.

Soon one girl's father, convinced that his daughter's death is linked to the recent popularity of a ...

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Overview

Girls are disappearing in Botswana. The rumor is they're being harvested for muti, a witch doctor's potion traditionally derived from plants and animals—and which, some believe, can be made more potent by adding human remains. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu joins the investigation with the police force's newest detective—and only woman—Samantha Khama, for whom the case is personal.

Soon one girl's father, convinced that his daughter's death is linked to the recent popularity of a political candidate, takes the law into his own hands. After the father flees, what Kubu and Samantha find in the politician's home confirms their worst fears: muti containing human DNA is real.

Now Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer or killers—and those who would pay for their special, lethal muti.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The real-life phenomenon of African witch doctors committing murder to get ingredients for their spells drives the richly atmospheric fourth Detective Kubu mystery (after 2011’s Death of the Mantis) from Edgar-finalist Stanley (the South African writing team of Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears). The Botswana Criminal Investigation Department assigns its first female detective, Samantha Khama, to a cold case—the four-month-old disappearance of a 10-year-old orphan, Lesego Betse. Samantha believes that the girl is the victim of a witch doctor who uses human remains to prepare the medicine known as muti. After another girl goes missing, Samantha gains the active assistance of David “Kubu” Bengu, the department’s assistant superintendent. Their investigation takes place during a time of political instability in the country when the prospect that an opposition party could finally be gaining traction spawns violence. The gritty depiction of corruption and obsession serves as a striking counterpoint to Alexander McCall Smith’s blood-free No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, also set in Botswana. Agent: Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff Literary Agency. (May)
New York Times Book Review
“Kubu is also hugely appealing—big and solid and smart enough to grasp all angles of this mystery. Readers may be lured to Africa by the landscape, but it takes a great character like Kubu to win our loyalty.”
Charles Todd
“Assistant Superintendent Kubu is back....Michael Stanley’s enthralling series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys clever plotting, terrific writing, and a fascinating glimpse of today’s Africa.”
Entertainment Weekly
“[Kubu is] the African Columbo.”
New York Journal of Books
Deadly Harvest is number four in this fascinating crime series. Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling…Compelling and deceptively written, it’s the perfect summer read.”
Booklist
“These darker, grittier entries featuring the portly and perceptive Detective Kubu blend intricate plotting and a compelling cast.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Grisly murders and heart-wrenching societal issues mark… fascinating police procedural [Deadly Harvest]…. Sears and Trollip write so seamlessly…. An intricate crime puzzle.”
Steve Steinbock
“Believable and utterly menacing…. Tight plotting is seasoned with African culture.”
SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine
“One of the finest crime thrillers of 2013.”
Library Journal
Newcomer Det. Samantha Khama helps Det. David "Kubu" Bengu when a serial killer targets girls in Botswana, possibly to use their bodies in a potion called muti. A father, devastated by loss, seeks revenge by murdering a politician in this complicated case, Kubu's fourth (after Death of the Mantis).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062221520
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Detective Kubu Series , #4
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 536,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Sears was born in Johannesburg, grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. Trollip was also born in Johannesburg and has been on the faculty of the universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and at Capella University. He divides his time between Knysna, South Africa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

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    In this, the fourth Detective Kubu mystery, a new character, det

    In this, the fourth Detective Kubu mystery, a new character, detective Samantha Khama, joins the Botswana CID, the only female on the police force. And immediately shakes things up, insisting on an investigation into the disappearance of young girls. After initial misgivings, Kubu takes her under his wing, and together they uncover what appears to be the harvesting of human parts for muti, a witch doctor’s potion customarily made with plants and herbs and possibly animal parts, which is supposed to enhance a person’s power or luck.

    The plot follows one murder after another beginning with that of a leading opposition politician, followed by that of two young girls. Obviously a serial killer is at large, and Kubu and Samantha have their work cut out for them.

    This is a grisly story, rich in detail. Written by a team of two that is quite knowledgeable of southern Africa, they have created a memorable cast of characters, and it remains to be seen how they will develop this latest, terrific, addition to the Kubu series.

    Recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Good book part of a favorite series

    The Michael Stanley/Kubu series set in Botswana is one of my favorite mystery series. The mystery moves at a good pace, with occasional interludes, in which one views Inspector Kubu's home life and his family's relationship with his aging but more traditional parents.

    Each of the mysteries has a theme connected with life in Botswana. In this case, the concern is over how a small subset of witch doctor's will use body parts taken from a human being in order to work their magic.

    Coincidently, from other sources, I had just been reading about how albinos live in fear of being prized and used in Tanzania. (This does come up in the mystery.)

    Interesting book that also serves as a learning experience.

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