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  • Adore this series!

    "A Death in the Family" is the fifth in the Detective Kubu series set in Botswana, South Africa and my third foray into these exciting and hugely entertaining stories. As international thrillers go you'd be hard pushed in my opinion, to find a better series to indulge in. The author Michael Stanley (South African born writing duo Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip) have created a top notch and totally compelling Botswana police series, that is both atmospheric, gripping and utterly loveable. Assistant Superintendent David Bengu, affectionately known as Kubu - which translates to hippo for his size and tenacity - loves his good food and fine wine. He is devoted to his family, wife Joy, children Tumi and Nono and his wonderful loving parents. However, when his elderly, early on-set Alzheimer's father is brutally murdered, he finds himself sidelined from his most important case so far. Grief stricken and frustrated at not being able to participate in investigating his father's death he does his usual trademark policing, following his hunches and getting into trouble with the Director of the Botswana CID, Jacob Mabaku, a regular and likeable character to the Kubu series. When Kubu is sent to America to attend a seminar, his experiences with the airport security is an absolute hoot and I loved reading his thoughts at being in a different country, so alien to what he is used to, thoroughly brilliant. As always the author incorporates important issues effecting the country, including political corruption and in this case, mineral and rare earth exploitation, whilst keeping the traditional cultures to Botswana in the story too. All the characters in this series are so endearing and you can't help but be drawn into their lives and feel totally connected to them immediately. I was saddened though, that a prominent and likeable character in Wilmon Bengu was killed off but reading how Kubu and the whole community dealt with the trauma and his search for his killer made for an excellent thriller and probably my favourite in the series yet. I have the sixth and next book "Dying to Live" and can't wait to read that one too, I highly recommend this series of fabulously written and intelligent thrillers (though any can be read as a standalone) - they are an absolute joy to read and you will instantly fall in love with the very unique and original Detective David 'Kubu' Bengu! A massive 5 stars!!

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