My review of Dying to Live by Michael Stanley

Today I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Michael Stanley’s new book Dying to Live.

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When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he’s clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What’s more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles… but where is the entry wound?

When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing, Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu gets involved. But did the witch doctor take the body to use as part of a ritual? Or was it the American anthropologist who’d befriended the old Bushman? As Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters and drugs manufacturers, the wider and more dangerous the case seems to grow.

A fresh, new slice of ‘Sunshine Noir’, Dying to Live is a classic tale of greed, corruption and ruthless thuggery, set in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and featuring one of crime fiction’s most endearing and humane heroes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters were great, I love the relationship between Kubu and Samantha Khama and how it has developed through the recent books.   The story had a few twists where a couple of red herrings were thrown in to the mix and I think that the book was all the better for that as it helped the plot build gradually to the end.  The writing was excellent and exactly the style that I love to read, I loved the descriptive nature of the surrounding areas and how that really brought the story to life, at  times it did feel as though you were there with them.  The story really did engaged me and I highly recommend it – its a solid read and a great plot – 4 stars from me for this one.