A Death in the Family (Detective Kubu #5) by Michael Stanley

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Book Description:

‘There’s no easy way to say this, Kubu. Your father’s dead. I’m afraid he’s been murdered.’

Faced with the violent death of his own father, even Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu, Botswana CID’s keenest mind, is baffled. Who would kill such a frail old man? The picture becomes even murkier with the apparent suicide of a government official. Are Chinese mine-owners involved? And what role does the US Embassy have to play?
Set amidst the dark beauty of modern Botswana, A Death in the Family is a thrilling insight into a world of riots, corruption and greed, as a complex series of murders presents the opera-loving, wine connoisseur detective with his most challenging case yet. When grief-stricken Kubu defies orders and sets out on the killers’ trail, startling and chilling links emerge, spanning the globe and setting a sequence of shocking events in motion. Will Kubu catch the killers in time … and find justice for his father?

My Thoughts:

Even thought this is the fifth book in the series, I do think the books work quite well as stand alone novels.

I absolutely love Kubu. He come’s across as being quite a big gentle giant and the relationship between him and his wife Joy is something I will never tire of reading. There is a lot of of love between the two of them and I love how he usually is always in Joy’s bad books but that’s because she really cares about Kubu and wants nothing to happen to him.

The death of Kubu’s father totally knocks Kubu as well as leaving him and his family totally devastated, especially as he has been murdered.

Kubu is very much a force to be reckoned with in this story, gone is the laid back man as he is hell bent on finding his fathers murderer. Obviously as he is quite close to the case he is sent off to investigate the death of a government official. This sees Kubu travelling to America.

What I love about some of the characters in this series is that the authors make them so endearing. Reading of Kubu in America was like watching a child waking up on Christmas morning. Even though he is there on a case the authors allow us to see through the eyes of someone from quite a rural country coming to America for the first time. I have to say it made me laugh as well as my heart going out to this proud man.

A Death In The Family is yet another highly enjoyable read with a really intriguing story line that keeps the readers interest throughout. This really would make a great television series and I love being transported Botswana where it’s all set.

My thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

A Death In The Family is out already on kindle and the 15th of July in paperback from Amazon.

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