"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, it’s the perfect summer read.” — New York Journal of Books
Deadly Harvest in Michael Stanley’s beloved Detective Kubu series tracks a series of murders and a mysterious witch doctor whose nefarious potions might hold the key to a web of missing persons.
When young girls start to go missing, Samantha, a new detective on the Botswana police force suspects that muti, a traditional African medicine, is the reason. Though muti is a term for traditional African medicine derived from plants and sometimes animals, there is recent evidence that suggests human parts are being incorporated into potions to conjure up a more potent formula. She and Detective David “Kubu” Bengu race to stop a serial killer, while the father of one of the victims threatens to take matters into his own hands.
Weaving together a thrilling mystery with a fascinating look at modern-day Africa, Deadly Harvest is filled with elements suspense and plot twists that will keep you captivated until the very end.
About the Author
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Sears was born in Johannesburg, grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. Trollip was also born in Johannesburg and has been on the faculty of the universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and at Capella University. He divides his time between Knysna, South Africa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Kubu is also hugely appealing—big and solid and smart enough to grasp all angles of this mystery. Readers may be lured to Africa by the landscape, but it takes a great character like Kubu to win our loyalty.” — New York Times Book Review
“Assistant Superintendent Kubu is back....Michael Stanley’s enthralling series is a must-read for anyone who enjoys clever plotting, terrific writing, and a fascinating glimpse of today’s Africa.” — Charles Todd, New York times bestselling author of A Matter of Justice
“[Kubu is] the African Columbo.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Deadly Harvest is number four in this fascinating crime series. Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu is a wonderful creation, complex and beguiling…Compelling and deceptively written, it’s the perfect summer read.” — New York Journal of Books
“These darker, grittier entries featuring the portly and perceptive Detective Kubu blend intricate plotting and a compelling cast.” — Booklist
“Believable and utterly menacing…. Tight plotting is seasoned with African culture.” — Steve Steinbock, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Grisly murders and heart-wrenching societal issues mark… fascinating police procedural [Deadly Harvest]…. Sears and Trollip write so seamlessly…. An intricate crime puzzle.” — St. Paul Pioneer Press
“One of the finest crime thrillers of 2013.” — SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine