#BlogTour Dying to Live

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I am pleased to be included in the Dying to Live blog Tour.  Thank you #Orendabooks and Anne Carter for including my stop in it.

The book was published by Orenda Books on the 2nd May 2017 and is currently available on Amazon, priced at £4.31 for the Kindle version or £6.19 for the Paperback version



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.
‘Saturated with local colour … Readers may be lured to Africa by the landscape, but it takes a great character like
Kubu to win our loyalty’ Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review


This is book is the latest book in the Detective Kubu series of books written by Michael Stanley, who are actually two people, Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. You don’t need to have read any of the previous books, but I think it would probably help as they do follow Detective Kubu through his life.

The story starts off with a Bushman being found near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and with Detective Kubu getting involved to find our how he died.

The are so many twists and turns throughout the whole book which makes the story very enthralling and kept me wanting to read the book in one sitting.  All of the characters are very well written and have a depth which is missing from so many books nowadays.

With the locations being set in the Kalahari and Africa in general the book makes for a very good read with lots of lovely backdrops.  This book would translate very well into a tv series with all the beautiful settings that they could use.

Overall I felt this book was a brilliantly entertaining and enthralling read, which kept me guessing right through until the end

To purchase the book or E-book please click on the links below


About the Author(s)

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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. 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 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.


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