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  • Diamonds and Death

    Michael Stanley is the writing team of retired Professors Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. They clearly have a love of Botswana which is in every page of these mysteries. The fear of a Witch Doctor and his gruesome packages adds an eerie touch to the book. Their writing style is an odd mix of gentle pacing, with the unusual mix of dogged police work. All in all this adds up to a very winning combination for a mystery. The main Character Sgt. Kabu is working very hard to make a name for himself in this preliminary book, that provides us with his background. He has a lot to learn, but has to overcome prejudice mixed with resentment. He came straight from the University and some of his co-workers resent him for entering the Police Force that way. Kabu has some heart- warming incidents... with a girl he gets a crush on and some hard taxing from an Asst. Supervisor but he is learning and working hard. The background of this book has a wide-scoped Afrikaan frame- with murders intertwined with Witch Doctors and the Diamond Industry. The Book's pace is very easy-going but consistent. The Police Character is named after a Hippo, which after the first snicker, I settled down with very comfortably and rooted him on. The Background is magnificent and the Character is humble and the style is easy to read. This is a prequel to the award winning series and a great addition. My thanks to Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press

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  • Very enjoyable mystery involving stolen diamonds

    An Inspector Kubu Mystery. I loved this book. Very fast read, never boring. Only 2 small criticisms ... the reader is never told what year it is taking place until some clues at almost the end. And this book really needed a list of characters. I could not keep all the titles separate to know who the author was referring to. First book I've read by these authors. Copyright January 2020 but story took place in 1998.

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