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Deadly Harvest (Detective Kubu Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Stanley
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“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)

“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)

“Believable and utterly menacing…. Tight plotting is seasoned with African culture.” (Steve Steinbock, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

“One of the finest crime thrillers of 2013.” (SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine)


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. She and Detective David “Kubu” Bengu race to stop a serial killer, all as 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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 999 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 496 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Paperbacks (30. April 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009NG16IM
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Exzellent 22. Mai 2013
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Eine weitere, sehr starke Geschichte um Detektiv Kubu in Botswana. Diesmal geht es um Witch Doctors und das rituelle Töten von Menschen zur Herstellung bestimmter Medizin, ein grausames und doch leider so alltägliches Verbrechen. Die Geschichte ist sehr gut aufgezogen, wirklich packend erzählt und lässt einen immer wieder erschauern. Oft wurde mir dabei auch schlecht. Sehr empfehlenswert, ebenso die weiterführende Literatur, welche die Autoren im Nachwort empfehlen. Grossartig.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hooked on Kubu 9. Mai 2013
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The fourth Detective Kubu mystery Deadly Harvest was not a disappointment. From the beginning to the end, I did not want to put it down. I have read all four of the Kubu mysteries and each successive book was better than the previous one. The characters are interesting, lovable and keep you coming back for more. Kubu is a great representative of policemen world wide who are dedicated to protecting the innocent, regardless of the recognition they receive or lack of it. Thanks to the duo, Michael Stanley for consistently good reads.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fourth in the Detective Kubu series 9. Mai 2013
Von misplaced cajun - Veröffentlicht auf
When Lesego Betse goes missing, her sister Dikeledi knows that something terrible has happened. She tries to get the police interested but no one is convinced it's anything other than a simple runaway case. It's not until four months later that Samantha Khama, new to CID (and their first female detective), takes an active interest. The case reminds her of another, a friend of hers who was killed for muti years ago. Samantha knows this may not be the case with Lesego but feels the investigation deserves more attention than it's gotten. Then another girl disappears. Shortly thereafter, a rising politician is murdered and evidence of muti is discovered in his home. While much muti is made from plants, herbs, and even animals, the muti found in the politician's home contains human remains. It soon becomes clear that the murder is connected to Samantha's case, but can she and Kubu find the person responsible for this heinous crime?

I love the setting in this series. The authors, both of whom grew up in - and still reside in - South Africa, are clearly knowledgeable about the place and culture and are able to convey this both subtly and wonderfully. What I mean by this is that the book isn't overwhelmed by explanation simply for the benefit of the reader, nor is it a case where the setting is simply a gimmick. The details are a part of the story and the plot is very reliant on the culture. You have muti - the medicine or spells made by witch doctors - as well as political and other social aspects, both as part of the overall plot and as pieces of the characters' personal lives.

The characters are realistic and the mystery is very well plotted - though others have said they figured out the "whodunit," I was left guessing until the end.

The case that drives Samantha Khama in her investigation is a real one. Segametsi Mogomotsi was a real victim of a muti murder (the authors mention a bit about the case both in the story and in the author's note). Interestingly the case inspired Alexander McCall Smith as well.

DEADLY HARVEST is the fourth Detective Kubu book penned by coauthors Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears (Michael Stanley). And as it's my first time diving into the series, it was nice to find that Deadly Harvest could essentially stand on its own. I had no problem at all starting at this point in the series but as with many series I've begun midstream, I definitely plan to go back and read the previous titles!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Power and Politics 11. Juli 2013
Von Friederike Knabe - Veröffentlicht auf
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Since their first book in the Kubu series, South African writing team "Michael Stanley" (Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip) have effectively integrated social, political and cultural concerns among people in Botswana into captivating fast-paced, personally engaging detective stories, centred on the music-loving family man and hard working friendly detective. In DEADLY HARVEST, the fourth book in the Michael Stanley Detective Kubu series, weighty issues dampen the detective's usually cheerful and upbeat spirit. Despite his deep love for opera, he even loses his desire for singing arias while driving or spending time enjoying his food.

Assistant Superintendent David 'Kubu' Bengu is in a preoccupied and worried mood. As if it were not enough to have to deal with the politics of important appointments in the Botswana Police force that will likely impact him and his boss, Director Mabaku, the recruitment of the first female detective on the force, Samantha Khama, creates a stir. She has been assigned, at her request it turns out, to dig into several cold cases of young girls who had disappeared without a trace on their way from school. A new case of such disappearance brings Samantha's work into the spotlight. Is there a connection between the cases, somehow?

The circumstances of Tombi's disappearance resemble the earlier one of Lesego in another town and Samantha is on the case as best as she can, considering the lack of evidence. Kubu's role in mentoring Samantha opens up a new level of cooperation and understanding. With her work and his new case of a gruesome physical "message" at the door of a popular politician, concern grows that the work of one or more witchdoctors may be involved in some way. The question is why and for whose apparent benefit? The still widely held belief in their traditional powers, physical and mental, over their "clients" can even affect the most modern and rational of individuals...

How these threads are or are not connected and what and who else is drawn into the real or imagined densely woven spider net of "witchdoctors", keep us readers, above all else, captivated. Suffice to add that traditional healers and witchdoctors make use of a wide assortment of 'muti', strong traditional medicine, that can be used to help, but can also be used to harm: the most dangerous version "sometimes contains body parts". The story threads are intricately interwoven in this novel; twists and surprise turns in the narrative keep the answers to the questions we might have until the end. In addition to the central characters around Kubu,familiar from earlier novels, the new characters come to life and reflect well their complex nature and behaviour. And, without overloading the central themes of the novel, the authors touch on other relevant topics, such as HIV and Alzheimer's, and, of course, power and politics, that complement the portrait of the community.

In DEADLY HARVEST, important aspects of traditional beliefs are being explored and with them the continuing strong influence of traditional healers and witchdoctors in present day life. Their 'muti' is usually taken from plants and sometimes animals; however, unfortunately, it is sometimes also taken from those whose powerful spirits and body parts are perceived to be especially strong, such as girls or, another case developed in the novel, albinos. As the authors explain in the Acknowledgements, much of the Botswana background and the story aspects, including the references to 'muti', are based on facts. [Friederike Knabe]
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This series just keeps getting better and better 30. April 2013
Von Cathy G. Cole - Veröffentlicht auf
First Line: As she walked home, Lesego's head was full of Christmas.

Assistant Superintendent David Bengu of the Gaborone Criminal Investigation Department (known by everyone as "Kubu") has barely had time to make the acquaintance of the CID's first woman detective, Samantha Khama, when his superior tells him he needs to devote his time to a death threat on a popular political candidate. Samantha seems to be a bright, very intense young woman who's determined to focus on crimes against women. Since Kubu now has very little time to mentor her, he agrees when she asks to be put in charge of a cold case concerning missing women and children. In quick succession two young girls go missing after being seen getting into cars, and the political candidate is murdered. Kubu and Samantha have their hands full-- and what neither of them realizes is that their cases will entwine. There is a powerful, and very deadly, witch doctor at the heart of both their investigations.

Every voracious crime fiction reader loves to be in at the start of an excellent series and watch it improve and flourish with each subsequent book. That's exactly what's happened with the Detective Kubu series penned by the talented writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.

Their series is set in the fascinating country of Botswana, familiar yet so very different from the Botswana of Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe. As Kubu interacts with other characters, we learn of the traditions, customs, foods, and land in which the books are set.

During the investigations of Deadly Harvest, we become more familiar with the political climate as well as muti, a type of traditional medicine widespread in southern Africa. Unfortunately some witch doctors resort to the use of human body parts in the making of their medicines and potions, and stopping this horrendous practice is a driving force in the book. It's the skillful weaving together of the cold case and the murder of the political candidate that builds suspense to such a point that I still find it hard to believe that Deadly Harvest is almost 500 pages long.

As with any good series, Sears and Trollip know that the books are only as good as the recurring characters-- and what a marvelous cast they've created! We see Kubu with criminals and other police officers, and we get to see what a happy, solid relationship he has with his wife, his daughter, and his parents. As his parents age, problems begin to arise, and I feel certain that we'll be able to read more about this in future books. Kubu's superior officer is a good man, which makes a nice change from all the other fictional police detectives who seem to have to deal with pencil-pushing idiots who only protect and serve their own careers. I was a bit doubtful about the addition of Samantha Khama to this wonderful cast. At first she's so intense and fanatical that I wanted to tell her to loosen up, but I knew she'd either treat me to some sort of diatribe, or glare at me and stomp off in the opposite direction. But the longer she investigated, and the more she worked with her fellow officers, my attitude changed. I'm really looking forward to reading more about her.

Actually I'm looking forward to much more than reading more about Samantha Khama. I'm hooked on Botswana, a large, wily detective known as Kubu ("hippo"), his family and friends, and the mesmerizing stories written by two men known as Michael Stanley. May there be many more investigations to come!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stayed up All Night reading a Deadly Harvest 6. Mai 2013
Von G. C. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf
Thanks a lot. You made me lose a LOT of sleep last night! Michael Stanley's latest is very, very good. I woke up at 3AM and couldn't fall back to sleep. "I'll just read one more chapter..." Two hours later I had finished the book. As with all the Kubu mysteries, the development of the characters, their strengths and their foibles, are paramount. It's been rewarding watching the authors (you do know it's two people, right?) grow from their first novel into seasoned professionals.

Full disclosure: I've known Stan (the "Stanley" of Michael Stanley) for more than three decades. What you see in the book in terms of strength of character and moral outrage at a wrong is what I've always seen in Stan. Back in '79 when I first met Stan in South Africa, little did I know that 33 years later I'd been in a mystery bookshop hearing him talk about his fourth mystery novel.

Get the book. Now! I can't wait for Number Five in the series to come out.
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