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by Cheryl Goodenough

This is the second book in the Detective Kubu series by authors Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, writing as Michael Stanley. The first A Carrion Death, which was previously reviewed by Sabona, received three award nominations and has been widely acclaimed in media throughout various parts of the world.

A Deadly Trade is an intriguing murder mystery that begins when a mutilated body is found at a tourist camp in northern Botswana. When identified, it is discovered that the man was thought to be killed in the Rhodesian war 30 years previously. It is up to Detective ‘Kubu' (meaning hippo in Setswana) Bhengu, an assistant superintendent in the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department, to solve the mystery, as well as to track down the killers and motives behind several other murders that subsequently occur.

I was quite spellbound by the book, wanting to get to the end and figure out how all the pieces fitted together. The threads relating to Zimbabwe and the Rhodesian war added an interesting aspect to the book. Having left South Africa recently I found it really warming to read about some familiar places and situations, but it really is the solving of the crimes that takes centre stage in A Deadly Trade. The overweight so-aptly named Kubu is such a likeable, well developed character. Elements such as his relationship with his wife and parents, together with his relationship with colleagues and his boss,add a human aspect to the story. We are certainly likely to hear more about his antics in the future. South Africans Sears and Trollip are retired professors who have worked in academia and business. They have been on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe where their adventures include tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, being charged by an elephant and having their plane's door pop open over the Kalahari, scattering navigation maps over the desert. It was on one of these trips that the idea surfaced for a novel set in Botswana.

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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
25 Jun 2009

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You have really wetted my appetite for this book. Looking forward to reading it.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Diane Carter on 21 Feb 2010

I simply have to have it, and this book sounds like the best; nostalgic memories of Africa, spellbound intricate suspense - wow, sounds like home!
Rating: 5 / 5
by Linda Grobler on 16 Aug 2009

Congratulations to Diane Purdy, winner of a copy of A "Deadly Trade"
Rating: 5 / 5
by Philip Scott on 21 Jul 2009

A good review- it tantalises and arouses interest in the reader to the extent that one would want to buy, borrow or win it. I enjoy anything that publicises Africa, particularly Southern Africa, in a positive and/ or humerous light. There is too much negativity about our ex- homeland & I prefer the good news.God bless Africa.
Rating: 4 / 5
by Dave Curry on 11 Jul 2009

Seriously looking forward to reading this book after reading the review.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Diane Purdy on 06 Jul 2009

This well written review makes you want to read the book immediately. It provides information that will compel you to read more about the mysteries of southern africa, its wildlife and fascinating people. Edward Taylor 1 Jarrett Cl NORTH NOWRA NSW 2541
Rating: 5 / 5
by Ed Taylor on 01 Jul 2009

Cheryl, you have done an excellent report on the book. I just have to read it. All 4 of us in my family spend lots of time in the library and that help very much with learning about OZ and the way Ozzies think. Reading any books even by Ozzie authors help a lot. When unpacking our boxes from SA, I could not believe my eyes so much books have immigrated with us.....
Rating: 5 / 5
by Wessel Appel on 30 Jun 2009

Sounds Great - I'll definately be buying a copy, and any future additions to the story.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Janelle Fulton on 30 Jun 2009

I am looking forward to reading "A Deadly Trade" especially as I am from Botswana and I enjoy being transported back in my mind to all the sights, smells and sounds that symbolise "home" to me. I enjoyed "A Carrion Death" - so look forward to this book.
Rating: 5 / 5
by Taryn Haynes on 26 Jun 2009

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