REVIEW: Deadly Harvest: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu #4) by Michael Stanley Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
Girls are disappearing in Botswana.REVIEW: Deadly Harvest: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu #4) by Michael Stanley Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
Girls are disappearing in Botswana. The rumor is they're being harvested for muti, a witch doctor's potion traditionally derived from plants and animals—and which, some believe, can be made more potent by adding human remains. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu joins the investigation with the police force's newest detective—and only woman—Samantha Khama, for whom the case is personal.
Soon one girl's father, convinced that his daughter's death is linked to the recent popularity of a political candidate, takes the law into his own hands. After the father flees, what Kubu and Samantha find in the politician's home confirms their worst fears: muti containing human DNA is real.
Now Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer or killers—and those who would pay for their special, lethal muti.
I was privileged enough to be asked by the authors of Deadly Harvest to review their novel. Their novels are based in Botswana and features Detective David “Kubu” Bengu, his nickname Kubu meaning Hippo.
As some of you might know, I’m not always keen on reading books set in South Africa or Africa, as there is always some political twist which I don’t really care for. But when the authors asked me I couldn’t refuse, as they tempted me with the fact that this was a murder mystery.
The book started off very well and was easy to read. It grabbed my attention from the get go and I found that I didn’t want to put it down. The book had very little political interest and centred more on a problem that most African countries struggle with – Muti Killings.
The characters were also well thought out, and the way they were described to the reader you could really get a clear mental picture of who they are and what they look like. I was drawn to a couple of characters to tell you the truth.
The dialect of the book was also not disappointing. Many authors sometimes don’t really know how the local folk talk, but these authors sure had done their research and the story just flowed, you really got the sense that you were there, in Botswana, with the locals.
We get introduced also to a new detective, Samantha Khama. At first you might think she’s a bit of a loner and wants to impress everyone by doing things herself, but then the author gives you a glimpse into her past, and you grow to really like her. I loved the way they connected her with the rest of the story. This is also the first in the series where detective Khama is featured.
So, if you’ve read the book you would know there is also an election involved in the storyline, and you might ask me but how could I say the book had no political connotations? Well, these authors were great, they made the elections a part of the story, but also didn’t overshadow anything else in the book with that. The major focus is the unit in the police who are investigating the disappearance of the young girls around the city.
Another really great thing about the book was how there were so many twists and turns. I literally sometimes felt that I had it all figured out, and then I would read a little further and be flabbergasted to see that I was totally wrong, not just a little, but a lot! It keeps things interesting and that’s another reason you just won’t be able to put the book down, you want to know what the heck is going on and who is behind it all.
There was one lose end for me in the book, and not a major one. The father of one of the missing girls goes on a mission by himself to find out what happened to his daughter. He goes on quite a rampage and thinks he knows what’s up (and he is very nearly right), but then he does something stupid and ends up on the run. From here, yes, the storyline does make sense, but it was a bit lose fitted for me to really go with. It did however not spoil anything in the book.
I must say that it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a book with and African plot and mind-set and not been disappointed. This book (and I bet the series) could compete with any international crime drama or murder mystery. There was almost nothing that disappointed me about this book, and for that I want to say to the authors, well done!!!
I gave this one 4 stars. Well done. Definitely one of my new favourites. ...more
Let me just tell you all that I’ve been wanting to read this book so much since the day I came across the many reviews of it on Goodreads. I was searcLet me just tell you all that I’ve been wanting to read this book so much since the day I came across the many reviews of it on Goodreads. I was searching through book recommendations that the site generates when I stumbled across the reviews, and they intrigued me so much, yet I never actively went out to look for a copy of the book. Only recently when I was doing some Christmas shopping did I notice a copy of “Flowers in the Attic” at my local bookstore, and I grabbed a copy.
The book kept me so interested that I finished it within 3 days (and I didn’t even read that much per day), I probably would have finished it sooner if I wasn’t too busy. The fact is that the book had so much going for it that I didn’t want to put it down!
The story starts out pretty normal, with a happy little family living in ordinary suburbia, a handsome father, beautiful mother, older brother and sister and twin boy and girl rounding it all out. We meet Cathy, Christopher, Cory, Carrie and their parents and they all seem so loving towards each other, the mother seeming eternally in love with the father, the children adoring their parents.
But tragedy strikes and with Corrine having no other way of getting her family out of their dire situation they leave in the night to end up at Corrine’s childhood home of Foxworth Hall, where her mother is a cruel old women, and her father is an ailing old religious man. But there is one catch. Corrine’s parents are stinking rich, but the only way for her to get her hands on these riches are to pretend that her children do not exist! So she lets her mother lock them in a single room with steps to the attic, and this is where the horrors begin.
Cathy and Chris grow up in this place, but the twins seem to be stagnating while the other two bloom. Shut up in an old dreary attic for about 3 years, no sunlight, no wind brushing against their cheeks, no feeling of the rain tumbling down onto their heads. The children receive rich gifts from their doting mother, until this too stops and she becomes less interested in her children.
Secrets are exposed, lies are told and terrible things happen to the children. The book is filled with fear, drama, horror, intrigue, love and beauty. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read, although it being rather intense, it still is easy to read. ...more
When I picked up the book I really thought I'd read it and it wouldn’t affect me at all, hey just another book about child abuse where I get really anWhen I picked up the book I really thought I'd read it and it wouldn’t affect me at all, hey just another book about child abuse where I get really angry.
But the story turned out to really touch me and I'm even contemplating maybe changing my studies from Criminal Psychology to a more crime against children psychology.
I read this book very quickly. The author has a style that makes everything easy to read, well easy as in quick. The story is heart wrenching but you can't put it down! You want to know what happens to those children.
I have to agree with another review that I read about the book. I could feel what it must have been like living in that house. The dirt, the smells, the itching (I actually started to itch when she mentioned it). The dirty clothes and dishes, the beds. It made me sick.
The story starts with a bit of background and then it gets straight in to the horrible childhood that Cynthia had to endure. Not only the mental abuse from her mother, but the physical abuse by her father, then her mother, then her family and then strangers. I cannot even start to imagine what that must be like, and I don’t want to, I don't want to imagine any child going through something like that. The worst of any type of abuse (they're all bad, trust me) is that parents can do this to they're children. She asked for help from her mother, asked her father to stop, yet no one listened.
Later in the book you realise that Cynthia blocked out most of what happened to her as a child and only started remembering when her younger sister spoke up about her own abuse. This is very common. When something traumatic happens to you, especially when you are so young, you block it out. I think it is also due to the fact that Cynthia really wanted things to be normal, she even dreamt up normal days. This made it easier for her to block out the rest.
In any child abuse case I really don't understand why no one can see this happening! It makes me sick. Here is this little girl, firstly, she's so filthy that you feel sorry for her, but at the school she goes to the nuns just gun at her (Really, and they're supposed to be true disciples from God?). Secondly as someone else mentioned, why didn't her older siblings notice anything? What about her grandmother? Or was she in it the whole time? Thirdly, why when Mother Dorothy thought the child was pregnant didn't she alert the authorities? What's wrong with these people!
The book is brilliant, but beware, some things might not be in your face graphics but the way she describes it makes it all so real. You'll get the same feelings; smell the stale air, the urine and the cigarettes.
A brilliant book and I salute Cynthia for the courage she had to write it. I was shattered when I read that both her parents died before justice was served, but I'm sure that in the place that they are now eternal justice is being served, for no person who does that to a child, and not only one child but many, deserves to go to heaven. ...more
This was a gift from my parents after asking some guy at a flee market what a great book would be as a gift for someone who loves crime novels. The booThis was a gift from my parents after asking some guy at a flee market what a great book would be as a gift for someone who loves crime novels. The book did not disappoint.
Sometimes it was a little confusing, but nothing too serious and you quickly found your way out again.
The story centres around some horrific killings taking place in Philadelphia where the bodies are found naked, completely shaven and with a strange paper headband around the heads... then some strange little tattoo is discovered on the finger which makes it a little creepier.
It's up to Byrne and Balzano to figure out what’s going on in their city, who is committing these crimes? And for Kevin Byrne is a little more personal, because the clues all point to a crime he handled 20 years ago.
There are also some personal stories attached and that really makes the characters just that little more real.
The story really makes you wonder who is committing these crimes, and why, as the victims are all related to older cold case files.
I love a great crime novel where you have to think and wonder a little on your own. I kept thinking the killer was someone else, but it turned out better than I had hoped.
The book is a bit large, so if this is your first crime novel I'd suggest you read something else first, just to make sure that you really enjoy the genre.
I was reluctant to pick up this book but there was something about the simple cover that caught my eye. The fact that it was about crime was an addedI was reluctant to pick up this book but there was something about the simple cover that caught my eye. The fact that it was about crime was an added bonus to me.
To me the story started pretty slow but picked up as I went along. I must admit that the first quarter of the book was the hardest for me to get through; it was slow and didn’t really get my attention. But the last part of the book went by so quick I couldn’t believe I had read it.
Celeste is a very strange character and when you meet her you're not sure if you should love her or hate her, or feel sorry for her, which I did in the end. David Heller on the other hand, well from what happens with him in the start; I had no choice but not to like him. The way the two characters fit together is a mesh of something I found rather sinister.
If you like crime, drama and murder you'll enjoy the book, but I wouldn't give it more than 3 stars....more
This is the second book in the Millenium series, and I have to admit that I liked it more than I did the previous one.
Stieg Larson is a wonderful AuthThis is the second book in the Millenium series, and I have to admit that I liked it more than I did the previous one.
Stieg Larson is a wonderful Author with unusual ideas. Sometimes it does get you a bit down with all the strange Swedish names and places, but other than that I didn't skip anything in this book.
The story continues from where the first book left us, with Lisbeth traveling for a bit. This part of the book was rather unnecessary to me, as it did not realy ty in with the rest.
Lisbeth is still the crazy girl we got to meet in Dragon Tattoo, but this time we find out more about her past, and what made her this way. We meet new people and unlock some strange events happening within some of the most elite circles in Sweden.
The book really grabs your attention when you get stuck into it.
There are some crazy things happening in Lisbeth's life. If you've read the first book you'll know she came into a load of money... she meets up with Mimmi again, but things turn nasty, for someone. And Blomkvist is still there to help save the day.
I really did enjoy this book, I especially came to like the character of Bublanski.
If you're into crime novels then you should try it out....more