Death of the MantisBook - 2011
"The best book yet in one of the best series going: a serious novel with a mystery at its core that takes us places we've never been."
--Timothy Hallinan, author of The Queen of Patpong
Mystery readers who have not yet made the acquaintance of larger than life African investigator Detective David "Kubu" Bengu are doing themselves a great disservice. Death of the Mantis is the third Kubu novel from author Michael Stanley--following the critically acclaimed A Carrion Death and The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu--and it plunges the robust manhunter into the chaotic center of a murder case involving nomadic Bushmen that is stoking the fires of prejudice and tribal hatred. Set in Botswana--the fascinating equatorial country also explored by Alexander McCall Smith in his #1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels--Death of the Mantis is a book alive with the sights and sounds of an exotic and breathtaking land. The exploits of Stanley's singularly captivating policeman protagonist will delight you and keep you guessing.