The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu

The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu

Michael Stanley / Oct 17, 2019

The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu The second book in the Inspector Kubu series penned by a pair of Crime Writers Association Award winning South African authors writing under the name Michael Stanley The Second Death of Goodluck Tinub

  • Title: The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu
  • Author: Michael Stanley
  • ISBN: 9780061252495
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The second book in the Inspector Kubu series penned by a pair of Crime Writers Association Award winning South African authors writing under the name Michael Stanley The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu treats readers to a gripping and atmospheric story of money, murder, and hidden motives at a remote bush camp in northern Botswana Set in a country immortalized by AlexanThe second book in the Inspector Kubu series penned by a pair of Crime Writers Association Award winning South African authors writing under the name Michael Stanley The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu treats readers to a gripping and atmospheric story of money, murder, and hidden motives at a remote bush camp in northern Botswana Set in a country immortalized by Alexander McCall Smith in his The 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu again features an unforgettable lead character the New York Times Book Review calls, Hugely appealing big and solid and smart enough to grasp all angles of a mystery.

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      • Michael Stanley

        Michael Stanley is the writing partnership of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip Michael lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Stanley in Minneapolis.We have travelled extensively in southern africa and have a special love of Botswana, where our detective novels are set.Detective Kubu investigates complex murders in his native land, justifying his nickname by his size and tenacity Kubu is Setswana for hippopotamus.Kubu s faces powerful people and an escalating chain of murders in his first adventure A Carrion Death Next a confluence of events leads to murders whose roots lie hidden in the past, and a sinister group is as interested in finding the perpetrator as Kubu is in The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu A Deadly Trade outside north America.The third Detective Kubu mystery, Death of the Mantis, has the plight of the Khoi San Bushmen of the Kalahari as its backstory Kubu s boyhood Bushman friend, Khumanego, asks him to help ensure some Bushmen get a fair trial for the alleged murder of a game ranger The Bushmen escape and murders follow Kubu is unable to connect the dots Eventually Kubu finds the unpleasant solution to the cases and nearly loses his own life doing so Death of the Mantis was a finalist for an Edgar.Deadly Harvest, the fourth Detective Kubu mystery, has as its backstory the use of human body parts for magic potions called muti Base on a true story, Detective Kubu and the first female detective in Botswana s CID, the young Samantha Khama, try to resurrect a number of cold cases in which young girls have gone missing When an aspiring politician is murdered and muti found in his house, the need for a solution becomes urgent Deadly Harvest also deals with a single father whose daughter disappears and his quest for revenge and justice Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award.A Death in the Family, Kubu 5 has as its backstory the ramifications of corruption as the Chinese try to take over some of Botswana s rich mineral deposits However the story starts with Kubu s elderly father being murdered Despite his pleas, Kubu is kept off the case because of his personal involvement However he keeps trying to solve it on his own To keep him busy, he s given a suicide to investigate When he realises it probably wasn t a suicide, the trail leads to the person in government responsible for allocating mining leases A deadly riot at a village situated on land the Chinese want for a mine expansion raises suspicion that the suicide and the riot are related In Dying to Live, Kubu 6, a Bushman is found dead, with internal organs far younger than his chronological age and a bullet embedded in his abdominal muscles with no entry wound Then a witchdoctor disappears who is famous for his muti for extending life Then an American academic also disappears, who knew the Bushman Dying to Live is a story of greed and the lengths people will go to attain immortality and make their fortunes.


    1. 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, [...]

    2. A week ago I reviewed A Carrion Death, written by Michael Stanley (the pen name of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip). Not only was it a strong first attempt at a crime novel set in an exotic setting, it was also a sheer act of determination and personal marketing that eventually saw the book break through to the LA Times bestseller.With A Deadly Trade, they are back and with a vengeance, too. This second book is tighter, leaner and more focused than the first. Michael Stanley is well on his way [...]

    3. A Deadly Trade is a convoluted puzzle of a police procedural, at the heart of which is the affable and engaging character of Kubu. The writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip are particular good at creating a cast of complex and rounded characters, and the relations between them, and of evoking a strong sense of place as the investigation criss-crosses Botswana. They also do a fine job of portraying the police procedural elements without them detracting from the story. The plot for me [...]

    4. Solid 4.5. The writers have fine-tuned their texts and offer a sublime adventure into Botswana, Zambia, Rhodesia=Zimbabwe along with it's festering underbelly. The mystery is complex, riddled with heinous acts done in war times resulting in modern murders based on revenge, greed and power. Kubu and his layered sidekicks(including his wife, Joy)have developed since the first book offering another glimpse into Africa life. Thanks Michael Stanley!

    5. A wonderful follow up to "A CARRION DEATH". Detective Kubu and his protege Tatwa work to determine who killed a man supposedly killed thirty years earlier in the Rhodesian Civil War. Stanley gives a good picture of Botswana and environs, the tenuous relationships with the bordering countries, and Kubu's family life and customs.

    6. Still enjoyed Kubu a lot, but the plot was far to convoluted to be completely enjoyable.The other thing was that all the adult males "pouted". I swear I have never seen an adult male (except Donald Trump - and there the 'adult' part is in question) pout, and the whole concept is really gag-worthy.

    7. 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.

    8. A complex but very readable mystery, set in Africa, with the dark history of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe's brutal civil war playing a major role.Police detective Bengu, nicknamed Kubu (hippo) for his girth, is helping to investigate two odd murders at a tourist camp. Kubu is a great character, more complex and more intelligent than first appearances would suggest. The other principals -- Kubu's family, his boss and fellow police, and the inhabitants of the camp, are well fleshed out.The eventual solution [...]

    9. This book was a story to read while waiting for the next No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel. The character of Detective David "Kubu" Bengu is endearing and I looked forward to following him through this "case" after I finished the first book in this series. The readers learn about Kubu as a husband, son and a professional and "meet" his family and co-workers, all of whom are people I enjoyed getting to know. The two plots and involved characters was confusing and made the story longer than it n [...]

    10. I read the first book and did not enjoy it. I only read this one because it came with the first one on my Kindle download. I am so glad I did. This is a much more organised book, with better pace and the story is detailed and fascinating. This book also appears to have been published under a second name "A Deadly Trade".

    11. A complicated plot that bogs down a bit in the third quarter, but picks up nicely for the end. A man is killed, the methods disguised--and then more killings follow, so you know there are secrets driving the deaths. A few might be surprising, as all the different motivations clash, and the winners take their spoils.

    12. The setting of the book in northern Botswana where three international borders meet opens up numerous possibilities. The plot is complex and intricately tied to the history of modern Zimbabwe which has affected all the neighbouring countries over the past decade. Kubu remains one of my favourite detectives. He loves his wife, dog, food, good wine and opera and continues to fight crime.

    13. A mystery set in Botswana that is slightly more hard-boiled than the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Still middle-aged white men writing in the voice of (black) Africans, though, and the central detective has an element of comic relief to him.

    14. Another nice entry in the series. The settings are always exotic and yet familiar. The characters, even some of the "bad guys," are fleshed out and the plots are satisfying

    15. There's something in the water (or maybe it's in the dust) in Africa at the moment. Whilst there has been a slowly increasing number of crime or mystery books set in Africa, there's now an increasing number written by African authors appearing for our enjoyment. Michael Stanley (the South African duo of long-time friends Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip), have now released their second book - A DEADLY TRADE (aka The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu), follow up to the very well received debut boo [...]

    16. Detective "Kubu" Bengu, assistant Superintendent in the Botswana CID, is called to a nasty murder scene in the country's most northern part: two men dead and one has disappeared. One of those killed, popular teacher Goodluck Tinubu, appears to have been the victim of a revenge killing. Kubu (meaning hippo in Setswana) and his local CID colleague, Detective Sergeant Joseph "Tatwa" (giraffe) Mooka, have a major puzzle on their hands. This second "Kubu" crime investigation novel by South African wr [...]

    17. Encore un roman policier et une agréable surprise qui m'a permis de voyager à travers l'Afrique Australe, de l'Afrique du Sud au Botswana en passant par la Zambie et le Zimbabwe. J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre et son personnage principal, l'inspecteur Kubu. Un inspecteur débonnaire et sympathique au physique imposant, qui aime un peu trop la nourriture, mais redoutablement efficace pour tirer les ficelles des intriguesContrairement à certains policiers que j'ai lu dernièrement et qui tenaient [...]

    18. The first complication is that the author is really two men, South African university professors linking their first names to make the the author's pen name.The major scene for all the action is a primitive bush camp on a peninsula jutting out into a river near the junction of northern Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are side trips to many locations in each of the countries, and a lot of history of the wars for independence in the area, as well as current events.Our main character [...]

    19. There are some books out there where you have never heard of the author (it turns out there were two of them involved in this book), but the title is intriguing and it is set in your neighbouring country. Being from South Africa, the Botswana setting was refresihing and I decided to give the book a go. And what an amazing surprise!This book is about the experience of reading and figuring out the classic whodunnit ala Agatha Christie and it reminds quite a lot of that other litte classic that fea [...]

    20. #2 in the Detective David "Kubu" Bengu series set in Botswana. This book has Kubu venturing far from home in Gaborone to the north of Botswana to a tourist camp in the jungle where two brutal murders beg to be solved. One of the men killed turns out to be a South African policeman. The other, Goodluck Tinubu, appears to be not what he seems--which was a quiet, well-loved teacher from a school in Mochudi. According to his fingerprints, he had already died once in the Rhodesian war thirty years pr [...]

    21. In my opinion, this is a perfectly crafted detective mystery novel. Deductions do not come out of thin air leaving the reader saying, "huh?" and scrambling back through the book looking for missed clues. The reader shares in all the activities and thought processes of the detectives, and are therefore able to draw conclusions, maybe not the same ones as Detectives Kubu and Tatwa. I did guess a motive different from theirs, but had no idea how, why, when, and who until Detectives Kubu and Tatwa w [...]

    22. When a man is discovered murdered and mutilated at a holiday camp in Botswana, police assume they know what happened - another camper, now missing, must be the murderer. All they have to do is catch him. But if they want to catch the murderer, they must first find out who it is that was really murdered. The kind, caring schoolteacher everyone loved? A freedom fighter in Zimbabwe's messy recent struggle for independence? The longer they look, the more complicated it gets.I really enjoyed this boo [...]

    23. The second book in the Detective Kubu series was an enjoyable read and solid second offering. A little lighter in tone than the first one but still incorporates some difficult themes. The story is complex and has ties to the Rhodesian War from 30+ years ago--the question is how much the past has bearing on the present. Many potential suspects and motives are in play but Kubu's tenacity and partnership with a lanky junior detective (Tatwa, a play on the word "giraffe") are key to solving the case [...]

    24. I really enjoyed this book. I was lucky enough in 1995 to spend nearly a year in Southern Africa. I was Sales Director for a paper company, (believe it or not). I traveled throughout the areas mentioned in the book and met with lots of people from all sorts of backgrounds.Stanley writes a good murder mystery that has plenty of twists and turns but always plays fair with the reader. There was never any real "surprise" that I shouldn't have seen coming, although I never did. I found myself constan [...]

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