A dark and sophisticated thriller set in the heart of Botswana, introducing Michael Stanley’s beloved Detective Kubu Recruited straight from university to Botswana’s CID, David ‘Kubu’ Bengu has raised his colleagues’ suspicions with his meteoric rise within the department, and he has a lot to prove. When the richest diamond mine in the world is robbed of 100,000 carats worth of gems, and the thieves are found, executed, Kubu leaps at the chance to prove himself. First he must find the diamonds – and it seems that a witch doctor and his son have a part to play.
Does this young detective have the skill and integrity to engineer an international trap? Or could it cost him everything?
I am sure that Botswana is a beautiful country but the one Michael Stanley pitched me into was one full of greed, of corruption diamond stealing and murder.
Detective Sergeant David ‘Kubu’ Bengu was thrown into this maelstrom, fresh out of university, naive but determined to prove himself.
He was not quite what I expected from a young detective. Definitely not the tall handsome brooding type but small, squat and somewhat rotund hence the nickname ‘Kubu’ rhino. This alternative to the usual stereotype was a welcome surprise and I loved his quiet and unassuming manner. He had a charm, a way that made people like him, do things for him even if they really didn’t want to.
His place in the diamond heist investigation was his steep learning curve, his chance to shine and at times he did. His ability to think outside the box and his tenacity soon saw him gain a begrudging respect, and some light relief in the form of a potential love interest.
The diamond heist itself was cleverly thought out, every angle, every possibility brilliantly thought out and researched by the authors. We knew from the start it was an inside job, the criminals selfish and brutal in their intentions, as the body count rose. What we didn’t know was who the mastermind was, the brains and Michael Stanley led me down multiple dead ends, multiple suspects before the fog cleared and all was revealed.
It was the getting to the end that intrigued the most and I loved the cultural angle the authors intertwined within the narrative. Who would have thought grown men would cower from black magic and small favours left by so called witch doctors scared of the negative impact and evil that would come to pass if they tampered or came into contact with them. The veritable heat, its dryness, the stillness of night added to the menace, and the bursts of gunfire conjured numerous chilling images but also excitement, a thrill as you were left wondering who survived and more importantly who had the diamonds. It left you with a taste for danger, a need for more and more importantly more encounters with Detective Sergeant David ‘Kubu’ Bengu.
I would like to thank Orenda for a copy of The Facets of Death to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participatw in the blogtour.
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. 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 five, A Death in the Family, was an international bestseller. Their first standalone thriller, Dead of Night, was published in 2019.