Today is my stop on the Orenda blog tour for Dying to Live! Thank you to Anne for organising the tour and be sure to check out the rest of the stops!
The body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and 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. 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 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 detectives.
About the Author
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. Their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, 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 the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award, and book 5, A Death in the Family, was an international bestseller.
Dying to Live is Book 6 in the Detective Kubu Series but it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel and I didn’t feel that I had missed out by not reading the other books. (Apart from missing out on a quality read if they’re as good as this one!)
I found the plot to be captivating and particularly unique. The stories surrounding the witch doctors fascinated me and the storyline was extremely twisty, always taking surprising turns.
Another thing that played a big part in my enjoyment of the book was the fantastically immersive and vibrant setting. Combined with the vivid descriptions, I felt that I was drawn right into the book and transported. I almost forgot where I really was!
I loved the cast of characters section at the beginning with the pronunciation guide. It helped to be able to refer to it when reading to remind myself who a character was and I kept the page bookmarked. I also liked the glossary. I feel that the language added authenticity and the glossary enabled me to check words if necessary without leaving the book and getting distracted.
Overall, I’m giving this book 4 out of 5. It was dark but twisty and intriguing and I’ll be going back to read the others in the series.
Dying to Live is published by Orenda Books
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.