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× Read ✓ Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley ↠´ Alright, so I m going to be honest and admit that I signed up for this tour, because I wanted to read a book that I thought would be similar to one of my all time favorite series, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Let me just say, I didn t get what I wished for Instead of being carried away by the engaging voice of a lovable character like Mma Ramotswe, I was introduced to Kubu He s the detective trying to solve the murder of Monzo, a ranger whose body was found surrounded by three Bushmen Kubu is a likable enough character, but he doesn t have the appeal to draw me in to the story I found myself rushing through the book to finish it I wanted to be done.
The writing is solid, but not as captivating as I would have hoped for in a mystery As for the mystery itself, the big reveal was not a big surprise for me I had already fi The Third Novel In The Fantastic Detective Kubu Bengu Crime Series Is Set In The Southern Kalahari Area Of Botswana A Place Full Of Buried Lost Cities, Incredible Hidden Wealth, Ancient Gods And, For Thousands Of Years, Home To The Nomadic BushmenWhen A Fractious Ranger Named Monzo Is Found Dead, Fallen Into A Donga A Dry Ravine Surrounded By Three Bushmen, The Local Police Arrest The Nomads Detective Kubu Bengu Is On The Case, Which Reunites Him With His Old School Friend Khumanego, A Bushman And Now An Advocate For His People Khumanego Believes The Arrests Are Motivated By Racist Antagonism From The Police, As The Bushmen Are Claiming That They Were At The Murder Scene Because They Were Trying To Help Soon After Monzo S Death, Detective Kubu Learns Of Another Case Involving Two Botany Students On Their Way Back From A Specimen Collecting Trip But Who Were Later Found Dead, Seemingly Poisoned, At A Campground Could The Deaths Be Connected I gave this one four stars It was a good mystery with a clever plot and I really enjoyed the setting I just didn t find myself as emotionally engaged as I like to be Kubu was a good sleuth but he s no Jim Chee and he s no Mma Ramatswe.
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley is the third in the Detective Kubu series and my first foray into South African based crime fiction Having never read a South African story before I was a little worried whether I d understand the locations and character names but I needn t have worried as an informative glossary explaining words and how to pronounce them was in the book This was a great help and truly aided the enjoyment of my reading.
The descriptive and atmospheric landscape really pulls you in until you could almost be standing in the red dusty sand yourself The oppressive heat and constant thirst totally captured the South African ambience and I felt very sorry for the detectives trying to solve murders in such stifling conditions I had much sympathy for the indigenous Bushmen the first people of the Kalahari wanting to live peacefully, susta Alright, so I m going to be honest and admit that I signed up for this tour, because I wanted to read a book that I thought would be similar to one of my all time favorite series, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Let me just say, I didn t get what I wished for Instead of being carried away by the engaging voice of a lovable character like Mma Ramotswe, I was introduced to Kubu He s the detective trying to solve the murder of Monzo, a ranger whose body was found surrounded by three Bushmen Kubu is a likable enough character, but he doesn t have the appeal to draw me in to the story I found myself rushing through the book to finish it I wanted to be done.
The writing is solid, but not as captivating as I would have hoped for in a mystery As for the mystery itself, the big reveal was not a big surprise for me I had already fi I always have a book with me and, often, when I am asked about the book and I mention the title, the author, and the genre, the response is, I don t read mysteries I don t like Agatha Christie Fact is, I don t like Agatha Christie If that style was all there is in mystery, I wouldn t be reading mysteries either but the popularity of the genre shows that most readers do know how far mysteries have come, incorporating societal problems into stories, making them believable and thought provoking.
Michael Stanley s Death of the Mantis is a case in point The body of a game ranger is found in the Kalahari desert in Botswana When the police arrive, they find three Bushmen with the dying man, trying to give him water Monzo has I always have a book with me and, often, when I am asked about the book and I mention the title, the author, and the genre, the response is, I don t read mysteries I don t like Agatha Christie Fact is, I don t like Agatha Christie If that style was all there is in mystery, I wouldn t be reading mysteries either but the popularity of the genre shows that most readers do know how far mysteries have come, incorporating societal problems into stories, making them believable and thought provoking.
Michael Stanley s Death of the Mantis is a case in point The body of a game ranger is found in the Kalahari desert in Botswana When the police arrive, they find three Bushmen with the dying man, trying to give him water Monzo has David Kubu Bengu is assistant superintendent in the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department David received the nickname of Kubu a long time ago and it stuck Kubu means Jolly Hippo and David is large, does enjoy his food, and has a happy disposition but he is also a very intelligent person with the uncanny ability to sort out clues and come to the proper conclusion when faced with a crime.
Southern Africa is the setting for the Kubu books and offers many interesting facts about Africa and its people When Monzo, a game ranger at Mabuasehube, fails to appear at work, it isn t a big surprise Monzo is one that tends to take off on his own without informing his superiors of his actions Peter Vusi, head of the ranger station, feels that he would be well rid of Monzo but sent men to look fo Death of the Mantis, by Michael Stanley, a minus, Talking Book borrowed from the National Library Services for the BlindThis is the third in the Detective Kubu series from Botswana In this book, Detective Kubu is sent to investigate the murder of a man He and the police have difficulty finding any leads, but they do find out who the man was He had been hired by a diamond company to track down where materials were being taken from the company and who was stealing them The company suspected that a recently discharged employee was to blame, and Detective Kubu set out to bring him in, but then that man was murdered as well Detective Kubu finds himself in the desert of Botswana, and it is up to him to use the survival skills h This is the best of the Stanley mysteries I have read they just keep getting better.
Set in a Botswana that we have become familiar with through the Alexander McCall Smith series THE NO 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, this mystery has the same gentle feel of McCall Smith s The big, lumbering detective Kubu is not a hardnose, but he gets the job done with compassion and consideration, though he nearly bites the biscuit himself in this installation.
The Kalahari landscape is desert and brutally hot the territory belongs to the Bushmen traditionally The Bushmen are as exploited and pushed around as they are admired and feared They have a central place in this mystery for their tracking skills, survival skills, and talent with poison I enjoyed reading about a place I have never read about before The setting is both beautiful and terrifying Detective Kubu is a 300 pound African who is a little lazy but very sharp At first it was hard to imagine such a large man in such hot weather, I kept picturing him thinner But once I got used to it, he is perfect It sets him apart like Poirot with his idiosyncracies I only gave the book three stars when I reviewed it for the summer reading program at the library, but now when I think about how much I enjoyed the story and the newness of it all for me, I would give it four Michael Stanley is actually two men writing together I don t know how they manage that I would like to know about how that process works.
I skipped from the first book to this one, as my library did not have the second available As I d hoped, the writing matured a great deal from the first one, and the few faults I found with A Carrion Death were not evident here I really like this series, Kubu is very likable and as in the other Botswana detective series about which a funny joke is made in this novel the country of Botswana and the nature of Africa is a mystical and engaging character all on its own I m glad to see that the authors have grown in their writing capabilities and look forward to reading about Kubu and his work.
The third book in a series about a Botswanan detective named David Bengu, nicknamed Kubu Hippo because of his large body and easy going nature He is called by an old high school chum to help defend three Bushmen arrested for the murder of a game park warden, and once again becomes embroiled in a series of seemingly unrelated deaths, which are anything but Left to die in the desert, Kubu survives and helps put together the various clues to find the killer and help bring him to justice for his crimes in over aggressively defending a tribesmen way of life.
I gave this one four stars It was a good mystery with a clever plot and I really enjoyed the setting I just didn t find myself as emotionally engaged as I like to be Kubu was a good sleuth but he s no Jim Chee and he s no Mma Ramatswe.

Michael Stanley

× Read ✓ Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley ↠´ sustanon.pro Michael Stanley is the writing partnership of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip Michael lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Stanley in Minneapolis.We have travelled extensively in southern Africa and have a special love of Botswana, where our detective novels are set.Detective Kubu investigates complex murders in his native land, justifying his nickname by his size and tenacity Kubu is