I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for Deadly Harvest. For my stop you can read my thoughts on this enjoyable crime book.
A young girl goes missing after getting into a car with a mysterious man. Soon after, a second girl disappears, and her devastated father, Witness, sets out to seek revenge. As the trail goes cold, Samantha Khama – new recruit to the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department – suspects the girl was killed for muti, the traditional African medicine usually derived from plants, sometimes animals, and, recently and most chillingly, human parts. When the investigation gets personal, Samantha enlists opera-loving wine connoisseur Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu to help her dig into the past. As they begin to discover a pattern to the disappearances, there is another victim, and Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer who has only one thing in mind …
Deadly Harvest is a novel written by two authors, Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. It’s a crime series following Detective Kuba.
Set in Botswana the authors very much brings to life what life is like there and how diseases like Aids and HIV are still sadly very rife there.
This didn’t feel like your typical fast paced crime book. I think this is to do with the way of life there is quite laid back and even quite a lot of the police force are not interested in the crimes that are going on and are quite happy to brush them under the carpet, so to speak.
Samantha, the new recruit, is not the type of person to not give her full attention to the crimes that are going on around her and she is determined to get some answers to why young girls are going missing in the area. I think Kuba to start with finds her a bit of a pain but then he soon realises what an asset she is.
I loved the story line of witch doctors and virgin girls being offered as ‘muti’ in exchange for things like wealth. Sadly though this is something that is actually very true to life and it certainly makes for some sombre thoughts.
I really liked Kuba and his wife Joy. It’s obvious that where as Kuba might be in charge in his working life, he is far from it in his home life. They both brought a bit of light relief to the story which I enjoyed.
Deadly Harvest probably isn’t my normal type of crime novel I would go for. I did slightly struggle with the names of characters and getting used to certain references but it didn’t take me long to get used to it and to be fair there is a section at the beginning of the book with a list of whose who that you can go back to if you so wish. Other than that though I have to say this was a really enjoyable read and I would certainly read more by this crime writing duo.
Many thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Deadly Harvest is available to purchase from Amazon.