2017, Blog Tour, Bookish, Books, Libraries, Reviews

Dying to Live by Michael Stanley #BookReview #BlogTour

An insight into Africa’s crimes, death and mysteries. “Sunshine Noir” of the highest order.

DYING-TO-LIVE-cover13978Whatever you do, do not judge this book by its cover (which, I found slightly off-putting) there is a thrilling and very unique murder mystery inside.

This is the 6th book in the Dectective Kubu series and the very first one that I have read. It is not compulsory to have read them all to enjoy them, but now I am eager to go back and see what I have missed previously.

I myself am a huge fan of Alexander McCall Smith,  Mma Ramotswe as well as the beautiful country of Botswana & feel this book has not outdone McCall Smith or is competing with him in any way; but is a creepy & slightly grittier compliment to his novels.

Detective Kubu, is a good, happy man who likes his food. His family is good & the sun is shining, but he does not take this for granted or forget about the dark underbelly that he protects his family from. While he seems jolly & lighthearted, to me, it seems that he has an inner steel that comes to play when he is dealing with some very very dark shit (for lack of of better word).

In a case that deals with witch doctors, a dead body that should be old but the internal organs are young, slightly shady Chinese officials & more… It could get slightly ridiculous, even bordering on silly, but the Stanley pairing manages to make everything believable.  The plot moves steadily along and keeps your attention. I actually like the fact that while facts and resolutions do come together in the end, there is no MASSIVE TWIST…I’m beginning to tire of those.

Overall, an enjoyable romp of a mystery, much less dark than other popular such books, in an intriguing setting that will have you searching online for holiday in Botswana. Highly recommended.


About the Authors

Michael-Stanley-photo13980Michael 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 a Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award.

Follow them on twitter @detectivekubu

Dying to Live is the sixth novel in the ‘Detective Kubu’ series, which was released on 12th July 2017 – published by . To purchase your copy click here.

Big thanks to  &  for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and organising it.

Thanks for reading!


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