#BlogTour #BookReview @Orendabooks : Dying to Live by Michael Stanley @detectivekubu

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It is my pleasure to participate in the blog tour on July 17th for this book,  “Dying to Live” by Michael Stanley, published on 30th July by Orenda Books  My thanks to Anne Cater for allowing me spot on the tour for this book.


This is the 6th instalment of The Detective Kubu Books by the writing duo of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

MY THOUGHTS :  Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is called to investigate the death of a bushman.  Initial thoughts of natural death are soon changed to murder, with further investigation of the body.  The bushman is somethnig of a mystery, his internal organs do not match his exterior.  As the investigation progresses, Kubu realises there is far more to this case than meets the eye, especially when the body is stolen.  Kubu has a good team to help with this ever confusing and ever-changing case.    Samantha Kharma is the first female detective in the branch of Botswanna CID and along with Constable Ixau, a bushman, they will have to use all of their previous knowledge and experience to discover the truth surrounding the death.   Do not for one moment think that this story is just about a murder.  It is a lot bigger and more involved than you could ever imagine.

I have never read any books by this writing duo before, so had no prior expectations, but was very intrigued by the synopsis.  It works very well as a stand alone read, leaving me wanting to read more.  This is a great detective story discussing various other topics, these have been cleverly woven into the main story. The story is set out in quick chapters to a very satisfying end.  The characters were very memorable and well-developed, they show good traits.

There are several things I really enjoyed and found useful in this book.  One of those was that after I finished this book, was the amount I had learnt, for example “Kubu” is the Setswana word for hippopotamus, Setswana is the language of the people of Botswana.  Also various cultural aspects and traditions were discussed, making a very insightful read.  Some very useful inclusions in this book are an informative glossary at the end of the book, basic, but invaluable.  Also a list of characters and their roles that is included at the beginning.

I would recommend this book to readers of crime and mystery genres.  Also adding that there are cultural themes, if like me you know nothing much of this country.


Published by Orenda Books

ISBN 978-1-910633-77-9
RRP £5.99
Published 15 July 2017
ISBN 978-1-910633-76-2
RRP £8.99
Published 15 July 2017


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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. On a flying trip to
Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest,
eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A
Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal
Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA
Debut Dagger. 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, and book
5, A Death in the Family, was an international bestseller.