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Don’t Miss the Launch of A Death in the Family, the Latest Michael Stanley Novel, at Love Books

A Death in the FamilyJonathan Ball Publishers and Love Books would like to invite you to the launch of A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley.

The writing team Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip will be speaking about their fifth Detective Kubu crime novel with Eugene Ashton from Jonathan Ball.

The launch will be held on Tuesday, 28 July, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Melville | Map
  • Interviewer: Eugene Ashton
  • Refreshments: Join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: Kate,, 011 726 7408

About the book

Assistant Superintendent “Kubu” Bengu’s elderly father, Wilmon, is murdered. Nobody can conceive why anyone would want to kill the frail man. Criminal Investigation Department Director Mabaku excludes Kubu from the investigation to avoid compromising the case. Kubu is furious.

Meanwhile, in the small town of Shoshong, the local Chinese-owned mine wants to take over part of the village for an expansion that will generate new jobs. The village chief chairs a heated meeting to discuss the proposal.

A week later, a senior official in the Department of Mines is found dead, apparently a suicide. After the emotional funeral of his father, Kubu takes over the case and becomes convinced that the official was murdered. He discovers evidence that implicates an American, Newsom, who is also involved with the controversy at the mine. However, Newsom is attacked and leaves Botswana with the aid of the US Embassy.

Meanwhile, the chief refuses to allow the mine’s expansion in order to preserve Shoshong’s rich history and culture. The jobless young men riot, killing the chief and several elders.

While investigating the riot, Kubu gets a break in the Wilmon case and follows it up, defying Mabaku’s instructions to leave it well alone. Mabaku is furious and sends Kubu to an Interpol meeting in New York to get him out of the way. After Kubu leaves, new evidence proves that the chief was actually shot during the riot.

While in New York, Kubu meets with Newsom and deduces that he works for an intelligence agency. Newsom provides him with evidence implicating the Director of Mines in corruption. The police break the case, linking the murders, the riot and eventually even Wilmon’s murder, to greed and corruption centred on the Shoshong mine.

Under the African sun, Michael Stanley’s Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will – a must read.” Yrsa Sigurdardottir, best-selling author of I Remember You

Kubu returns with a vengeance – but what is prowling in the darkness of Botswana is more dangerous than the four-legged predators. Then there are the Chinese who just may be the most dangerous of all … I love it!” Charles Todd, award winning author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series

About the author

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, both South Africans by birth. Both have worked in academia and business, Sears in South Africa and Trollip in the USA. Their love of watching the wildlife of the African subcontinent has taken them on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe. On one such trip, they had the idea for their first novel, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective Kubu. Kubu has now featured in five novels and a short-story collection.

Stanley Trollip lived in the United States from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. Now he divides his time between Minneapolis and Cape Town. As a professor, he was interested in how computers can facilitate teaching and learning. He is also a pilot and has enjoyed many flying safaris through the countries of southern Africa.

Michael Sears was born in Johannesburg, and grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, Kenya. He is a mathematician by training. At the end of 2007 he retired from the Anglo-American corporation, where he managed a remote-sensing group. He is now a visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has travelled widely in Southern and Central Africa, with Botswana being a special favourite.

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