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"There's no easy way to say this, Kubu. Your father's dead. I'm afraid he's been murdered."

Faced with the violent death of his own father, Assistant Superintendent David "Kubu" Bengu, the smartest detective in the Botswana police, is baffled. Who would kill such a frail old man? Kubu's frustration grows as his boss, Director Mabaku, bans him from being involved in the investigation. The picture becomes even murkier with the apparent suicide of a government official. Are Chinese mine owners involved? And what role does the US embassy have to play?

Set amid the dark beauty of modern Botswana, A Death in the Family is a thrilling insight into a world of riots, corruption, and greed as a complex series of murders presents the opera-loving detective with his most challenging case yet. When grief-stricken Kubu defies orders and sets out on the killers' trail, startling and chilling links emerge, spanning the globe and setting a sequence of shocking events in motion. Will Kubu catch the killers in time?

©2015 Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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a nice change

It's good to hear from other countries about their crimes and detectives and families and people. This is a well-told procedural with good characters and conflicts. More procedure than adventure but well-wrought, well-read and interesting. I doubt I'll read more than one or two of these a year, but they're maybe going to grow on me more . . .

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  • jjr
  • Dorchester, MA, US
  • 05-05-17

A Death in the Family

Since I'd read all of the books in this series, I felt as though this family was an extension of my own - and the loss of a father was very real. The characters are incredibly well developed. What made this book stand out within the series was the narration. Amazing! What a wonderful storyteller - dialogue came to life.

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Worth a listen

This is book five in a series that I have not read or listened to. It wasn't a problem, though. It was written in a way that you did not have to be familiar with the series to enjoy the book and understand what was going on. The characters were well written and the story was interesting, and even, at one point, kind of moving. Also, I enjoyed the depictions of life in Botswana.
I tend to be over-critical about narration, but I have nothing negative to say at all. The narration was great. (Mind you, I'm not actually sure what a Botswana accent really sounds like- he could be totally off and I wouldn't know. But even if the accent is off, he was consistent. His interpretations of the different characters never fluctuated, which I really appreciate.)
I will definitely check out more books by Michael Stanley and I'll look out for more works narrated by Nyambi Nyambi.