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BOOK REVIEW: A CARRION DEATH
BY MICHAEL STANLEY

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A Carrion of Death introduces readers to Detective David “Kubu” Bengu, Assistant Superintendent in the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. Bengu was given the nickname Kubu, which means hippopotamus in Setswana, by a school chum because of his physique. However, the name is appropriate in other ways as well. As with the hippopotamus, Kubu's outward appearance is a bit deceptive. While the hippopotamus appears to be a gentle giant lying in the river, it is in reality ill tempered and move with considerable speed to get what it is after. To those who don't know better, Kubu appears to be much more interested in his next meal or Steelworks drink than the case at hand. They would be wrong. While Kubu is indeed fond of his food and drink, his mind is always working on the smallest of details.

There are two main threads in the complex plot of the book In the first, we meet Kubu when he is called in to investigate the death of a half eaten human body found near a watering hole by game wardens. When it is determined that the body is that of a white person, there is much concern that the death will hurt the all important tourist trade. That concern grows when it becomes apparent that the person was murdered. The second thread revolves around a family drama being played out over the control of Botswana's largest company, Botswana Cattle and Mining Company (BCMC). When Roland Hofmeyr was killed in a plane crash, the running of the company was left to his brother Cecil until Roland's children, Dianna and Angus, turned 30. They have reached that age, but Cecil is desperate to maintain control. Through this part of the story readers get an fascinating look into the diamond trade, both legal and illegal in Africa today. The author has woven these two seemingly unrelated threads together into an exceptionally fine mystery.

A Carrion of Death is a wonderful way to take a mini vacation to Africa. There is a sense of place that just settles over the reader allowing the reader to experience the rhythms of Botswana-both new and old. Kubu and his wife live in the city of Gaborone, but Kubu's parents still live in a small village where electrical power is sporadic at best, and indoor plumbing is not yet the standard. While Kubu is a very modern policeman, the local witch doctor also plays an important role in this book.

At the beginning of the book, a map and a list of characters is included. At the end there is a glossary of terms. Each of these additions is an appreciated gift to the reader. As several characters have similar names, having the list at the beginning makes it easy for the reader to flip back and clarify who someone is. Likewise with the map and glossary. It was nice to be able to quickly check on where something occurred or what something is. Each was a nice finishing touch to a terrific book.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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