When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles… but where is the entry wound?
When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman? As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow.
A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.
Dying To Live is the sixth book in the detective Kubu series. As I only started reading the series from book three, they do tend to work well as stand alone’s but definitely recommend reading them all as they really are good books.
Whilst there are horrible crimes featured in the books, as obviously it’s a crime series, I usually find that thanks to the lovable Kubu, he usually brings a bit of humor to the books. This time round I didn’t find that there. Don’t get me wrong as it wasn’t a bad thing but I did miss this as it’s something that I love about the series. The reason for this is there is a story line to do with HIV so Kubu is a lot more sombre.
Samantha is a fantastic character. Her and Kubu make a great team. They are a bit like chalk and cheese as they are definitely opposites but this is what makes them more endearing to the readers.
Reading of the crimes in Dying To Live is like a whole different world. With witch doctors and Rhino horn smugglers, they certainly are not crimes you would come across in your stereo typical British crime books which gives the Detective Kubu books a certain appeal.
Dying To Live is yet another enjoyable offering from the very talented writing duo. The series would be great for the television though through the authors writing skills, the reader very much gets transported into Kubu’s world which at times is quite a scary one!
My thanks to Orenda Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Dying To Live is available to purchase from Amazon.