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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Stanley Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective Kubu Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781400183487
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Normally a peaceful wilderness retreat, the Jackalberry bush camp has suddenly become a ghastly crime scene—and the details are still emerging when Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is assigned to the case. Zimbabwean teacher Goodluck Tinubu and another tourist have been found bludgeoned to death, while another guest at the camp—rumored to be a dissident wanted in Zimbabwe—has disappeared without a trace.

With the local police unable—or unwilling—to provide much assistance, Detective Kubu relies on his own instincts to track down those responsible for the crimes. But a startling piece of forensic evidence from Goodluck Tinubu’s murder adds a complicated twist to the investigation, and Kubu must work fast to solve a seemingly impossible riddle before any more Jackalberry guests meet their death. Suspecting that everyone at the camp has something to hide, the wily detective from Gaborone sets a clever trap to find the truth.

The memorable Kubu of A Carrion Death returns in this gripping story of murder, greed, and hidden motives. Set in northern Botswana, amid lush vegetation and teeming wildlife, The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu captures the intense loyalties and struggles taking place at the country’s borders—and the shattered dreams of those living just outside this modern democracy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A smart, satisfyingly complex mystery.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A brilliant sequel…Each character is memorable and adds depth to this tense and involving police procedural…[readers] will respond to the complex plots and palpable sense of place.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The author has created an excellent new venue for those who love to read about other cultures while enjoying a good mystery. Highly recommended.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Together, Stanley and Prebble weave the threads of history, politics, culture, and murder into a tale that will intrigue fans of the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency and those who enjoy mysteries with exotic settings.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/11/2014

    " I've now read all three of the Detective Kubu books, and they are pretty much of a piece: if you like one, you'll like them all; if not, not. The characters are vivid and real, the murders usually fairly horrific, and the mysteries extremely complicated. The writing is very meat-and-potatoes, without much style calling attention to itself. For me, the real interest is the setting, a Botswana that seems like the older, more jaded sister of the one represented in the Mma Ramotswe books. The lore, from how to survive in the Kalahari, to how to talk your way past a hostile Zimbabwe checkpoint, is fascinating and seems absolutely authentic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoy any books about Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Cook | 2/10/2014

    " First sentence - "The farewells had been said many years ago, so Goodluck hugged his old comrade and left without a word." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 2/9/2014

    " I love detective Kubu. He's a cross between Hercule Poirot and Columbo. A very good political mystery/police procedural. Starting the third in the series today. It's from the library so I plan to read it on my trip to my reunion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 2/7/2014

    " A solidly modern African mystery novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/16/2014

    " Good, but not great. Having spent some time living in Botswana, I found it just to hard to believe. It was like Africa was cleaned up for Americans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Runakiko | 1/15/2014

    " Did not keep my interest. Seems like one of those mysterys geared to "older women" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Albin | 1/14/2014

    " Great book, this is a wonderful series that takes place in Botswana. The mysteries are great, but what is even better, the main character Inspector David Bengu who is known as Kubu which means Hippo in Setswana. This is the second book in this series and I am impatiently waiting for the 3rd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Thompson | 1/12/2014

    " The Detective Kubu series are fun, fun mysteries. Some brutal moments, some touching, lots of character depth, all kinds of plot twists, and a unique setting make for exciting reading. Color me a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/2/2014

    " Another enjoyable trek across Botswana with Assistant Superintendent David "Kubu" Bengu. The landscape comes alive and we are again treated to the great humanity of Detective Kubu. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/29/2013

    " A worthy followup to A Carrion Death featuring the intriguing Kubu Bengu, although it runs a little too long. The Botswana setting is evocative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Liu | 12/18/2013

    " As good as the first in the series; an exciting plot, well rounded characters (literally, in the case of lead detective "Kubu," "hippopotamus"), and a crash course in recent history of the Southern part of Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/19/2013

    " Another excellent read from "Michael Stanley." Enjoyed it very much. Look forward to others in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 6/7/2013

    " Botswanan detective Kubu is called in to solve a double murder at a nature camp. More deaths follow, and Kubu has to labor to find the real motive for the killings -- without missing a meal. (Kubu is the Botswanan word for hippopotamus.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linden | 11/16/2012

    " Lots of local color and history of Zimbabwean revolution in the second book featuring Kubu. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 9/6/2012

    " I really liked this book, it had been awhile since I'd read a mystery. It was goofy and sort of creepy at the same time. The murder and mystery was clever, but ended up being simpler than I had hoped for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 3/14/2012

    " I love this series set in Botswana...this is the second book in the series. Detective Kubu (the Hippo) is at his best, investigating deaths taking place at the tourist camp out in the bush. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharron | 5/26/2011

    " I had hoped that the author duo that writes this series had figured out how to better share their responsibilities but alas they have not. improvement was only marginal which is a shame because I love reading books set in Botswana. maybe they just need a really good editor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wog | 12/3/2010

    " Fascinating look into life in Botswana written by 2 Botswana professors. Like other's have complained, the book comes off as sexist to Western readers but is well worth reading all the same. Somewhat simple story line but such an amazing look into life and history in Botswana, Zimbabwe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2010

    " A gripping, and somewhat gorey murder mystery set in Africa. After a trip to Tanzania last year, I was attracted to books set in Africa. I will read others by this author. Much of the setting resonated with me after my trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/9/2010

    " Wow. A book set in Botswana where the characters come off as actual people and not as simple minded, overgrown children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/29/2010

    " Fun mystery story set in Africa. Can't say I really learned much about the culture, but maybe I learned a little! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/30/2010

    " Another good read with Dectective 'Kubu' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/11/2010

    " Great book, this is a wonderful series that takes place in Botswana. The mysteries are great, but what is even better, the main character Inspector David Bengu who is known as Kubu which means Hippo in Setswana. This is the second book in this series and I am impatiently waiting for the 3rd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LInda | 3/27/2010

    " A gripping, and somewhat gorey murder mystery set in Africa. After a trip to Tanzania last year, I was attracted to books set in Africa. I will read others by this author. Much of the setting resonated with me after my trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 2/14/2010

    " Botswanan detective Kubu is called in to solve a double murder at a nature camp. More deaths follow, and Kubu has to labor to find the real motive for the killings -- without missing a meal. (Kubu is the Botswanan word for hippopotamus.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 2/2/2010

    " Another excellent read from "Michael Stanley." Enjoyed it very much. Look forward to others in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Runakiko | 11/19/2009

    " Did not keep my interest. Seems like one of those mysterys geared to "older women" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 11/3/2009

    " A worthy followup to A Carrion Death featuring the intriguing Kubu Bengu, although it runs a little too long. The Botswana setting is evocative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 10/25/2009

    " First sentence - "The farewells had been said many years ago, so Goodluck hugged his old comrade and left without a word." "

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About the Author
Author Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Johannesburg natives Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Sears lives in Johannesburg and teaches part-time at the University of Witwatersrand. Trollip was on the faculty at the universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and at Capella University. A full-time writer, he divides his time between South Africa and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The pair has had many adventures together, including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, surviving a charging elephant, and losing their navigation maps while flying over the Kalahari.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.