19: A Carrion Death

Stanley My nineteenth choice of book review is April’s A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley. The complete review is here.


“A CARRION DEATH is a rip-roaring read. Set in Botswana, the main character is Assistant Superintendent David “Kubu” Bengu. He’s a very large man (hence the nickname, which means “hippo”) who loves opera and is happy to be under the thumb of his lovely wife Joy and be the dutiful son to his elderly, traditional parents. The action begins when a body is discovered in the desert. The victim has been almost completely eaten by hyenas, but some scientists on a local field trip stumble across the remains before they vanish for good.


Kubu is called to the scene, and immediately suspects that the dead man was murdered, a suspicion that is soon confirmed by the pathologist. We quickly see that as well as being an engaging man, Kubu is keenly intelligent, intuitive and determined. His investigation into the identity of the body takes him to the heart of the Botswana Cattle and Mining Company, run by the somewhat unpleasant-seeming Cecil Hofmeyr.”