Dying to Live - Detective Kubu 6 (Paperback)
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Dying to Live - Detective Kubu 6 (Paperback)

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Published: 12/07/2017
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When the body of a bushman with puzzlingly young organs is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor goes missing, Detective Kubu becomes involved in a life-threatening case.

‘Richly atmospheric … a gritty depiction of corruption and deception’ Publishers Weekly

‘The African Columbo … a smart satisfyingly complex mystery’ Entertainment Weekly

‘A wonderful, original voice – McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly’ Peter James

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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. 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. And the deeper they dig, the wider and more dangerous the case becomes…

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.

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‘Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling. Compelling and deceptively written’ New York Journal of Books

‘My favourite writing duo since Ellery Queen’ Ragnar Jónasson

‘Dying to Live is a skilfully plotted story of greed and its consequences; making the case for Detective Kubu absorbing, like the Botswana backdrop' ShotsMag

‘Under the African sun, Michael Stanley’s Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will – a must read’ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

‘Intelligent, dark and compelling - among the best of today’s crime fiction’ Quentin Bates

‘Fascinating, dark and beautifully written … Kubu is a detective worth knowing. More please!’ Northern Crime

Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781910633762
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'A wonderful, original voice - McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly' Peter James 'Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will - a must read' Yrsa Sigurdardottir 'Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling. The exotic smells and sounds of Botswana fill the pages as well as the changes and struggles of a country brimming with modern technology yet fiercely clinging to old traditions. Compelling and deceptively written ...' New York Journal of Books

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“This is a well written mystery which will entertain and intrigue you in equal measures.”

This is part of a series but the first I have read by the Michael Stanley. Reading the blurb it felt completely out of my comfort zone but I trust Orenda to provide excellent novels that will capture my imagination... More

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“Botswanan detective story – the best so far”



This is the third Michael Stanley detective novel that I've read (following Death in the Family and Deadly Harvest) and probably the one that I've enjoyed most. It deals with the murder of a Bushman and a... More

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“Another great Kubu Mystery”

This is the sixth book in the Detective Kubu series and it was a joy to read. So far I have managed to devour two previous ‘Kubu’ novels; click here for my review of Deadly Harvest and here for my review of A Death... More

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