A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu Series #1)

A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu Series #1)

by Michael Stanley
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A Carrion Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
macabr More than 1 year ago
A CARRION DEATH is a big story, filled with interesting characters, more than a few mysteries, and immersion for the reader into the country and culture of Botswana. It also gives us Assistant Superintendent David Bengu, known to all as Kubu, hippopotamus. Kubu is one of the best characters in fiction. He loves his wife, his country and its culture, wine, his job, his dog, and opera. He is a 21st century man, dealing with 21st century crimes that are the result of motives as old as mankind. The story opens with the discovery of the partially eaten body of a white man by Kalahari game wardens. The condition of the body suggests that it has not only been attacked by animals acting according to their nature but also by humans acting against their's. Missing teeth and severed limbs are the work of those who want to prevent this man from being identified. As the story progresses so does the body count. People are missing and questions arise about identities. What was thought to be a murder might not be and what was determined to be an accident in nature was probably not. And at the end of it all is a villain motivated by at least four of the seven deadly sins: pride, anger, greed, and jealousy. Michael Stanley (Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip) have written a saga. It is a mystery and a cultural education. The characters are people we want to meet again.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Near a waterhole in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana, game rangers Andries and Bongani find the partial human remains as the best cleaners of a crime scene, hyenas were not quite finished devouring the corpse. The rangers collected enough evidence to make the case that a homicide not a tragic accident occurred. --- Botswana Criminal Investigation Department Assistant Superintendent David 'Kubu' Bengu leads the investigation. As Kubu follows clues partially concealed by local superstition and more so by powerful killers with high level contacts intent on hiding the crime and much more, he mimics the 'hippopotamus' that he is nicknamed for as he calmly but resolutely makes inquiries. With Mozart and other classical greats to entertain him as he drives the dusty roads, Kubu risks his life from those who will kill anyone including a persistent detective¿s loved ones to keep the truth from surfacing. --- The police procedural story line is superb with a strong obstinate hero however the tale belongs to the insightful look at Botswana, a landlocked South African presidential representative democratic republic. The action-packed story line brings to life the people and cultures of a country struggling to avoid the problems besetting many of their neighbors to include tribal rivalries, government corruption, and avaricious poachers and smugglers ripping off the natural resources. The author team Michael Stanley provides the excellent debut of a police detective and readers will clamor for more investigations by this lover of the Magic Flute. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this unique, entertaining, and well-crafted look into African life. Unforgettable characters.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Michael Stanley is actually two authors. It must be a wonderful experience--wonderfully difficult, wonderfully rewarding--to work so closely with someone as on a work of fiction. A Carrion Death is the first of their attempts and they succeed, if not unequivocably. The mysteries are set in Botswana, and I am infinitely grateful that listening to Lisette Lecat read Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has allowed the unusual city names to roll off my tongue like a native. Molepolole, Mochudi, Gabarone seem familiar to me now, but I'm glad they included the map in the front of the book. I adore mystery series where the deaths are not gruesome and the investigators are civilized. A little bit of moral ambiguity, a few philosophical dilemmas, a human fraility or two, and voila! I am entranced. But I did feel a formula at work here. I look forward to the second in the series to see if the authors managed to set themselves free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the locale and the characters. Very entertaining.
PearlMM More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I like books about Africa and also like the Ladies Detective series set in Africa. This, in comparison, wasn't quite as interesting as to the characters involved. It was still interesting though and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Alexander McCall Smith detective series.
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