Murder is a hard act to follow. All the drama does not take place on the stage at the Glenhaven Drama Festival. A collection of amateur actors with big egos land in Mabel Havelock’s hometown. And Mabel’s acting debut is not the only thing on her mind. Mysterious accidents and sabotage are plaguing the festival.
Mabel and her best friend Violet Ficher are determined to ferret out the culprit. The problem is why? Who has anything to gain? And why did Sherman have to die? (Amazon)
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Jeff Berman is in freefall. He’s been denied tenure, then lost his follow-up job as a presenter on the History Channel. But rock bottom comes fast and painful when he learns that the love of his life, the charismatic, passionate, and devastatingly self-destructive Pascal Montrouge, has died.
At Pascal’s funeral, Jeff meets his lover’s parents, who explain that the man Jeff knew was a completely invented identity. As a journalist, Pascal played with facts, and he did the same in his life, where he was the consummate fabulist, fooling everyone a little, and Jeff most of all.
Distraught and betrayed, Jeff is compelled to dig into the dark secrets of his lover’s life. His exploration is part amateur sleuth story, part meditation on the nature of love. As Jeff solves the mystery of Pascal life and death he learns how he can move forward into his next chapter.
A book for everyone who has ever loved and lost. (Amazon)
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“I found A Deadly Covenant completely intriguing and engrossing, and the Bushman scenes fascinating. Vividly painted scenery, and I can feel the oppressive heat. Talk about Sunshine Noir!” – Kwei Quartey, author of the Emma Djan and Darko Dawson mysteries
“The unmatched beauty, spirit, and mystery of Africa never fails to come to life in Michael Stanley’s award-winning Botswana-based Detective ‘Kubu’ series. A Deadly Covenant is an irresistible page-turner and a powerful contribution to the Kubu saga.” – Jeffrey Siger, author of the Andreas Kaldis series
“Kubu, despite personal insecurities concerning love and social skills, sets his keen mind to work, absorbs,
solves – gains confidence in handling police procedure, single-malt whiskey, and love.” Lavender MagazineThis is the eighth book in the Detective Kubu series and the second with him as a young man.
While building a pipeline near the Okavango Delta, a contractor unearths the skeleton of a long-dead Bushman. Kubu and Scottish pathologist, Ian MacGregor, are sent to investigate, and MacGregor discovers eight more skeletons.
Then an elder of the nearby village is murdered at his home. The local police believe it was a robbery, but Kubu thinks otherwise. So does a strange woman who claims it was an angry river spirit. The situation gets more confusing when the strange woman is found dead, apparently killed by a crocodile.
Assistant Superintendent Mabaku joins them as accusations of corruption are levelled and international outrage builds over the massacre of the Bushman families. But how do the recent murders link to the dead Bushmen, if at all? As Kubu and his colleagues investigate, they uncover a deadly covenant and begin to fear that their own lives may be in danger.
The young Kubu’s second big case mixes local mythology and tradition with smart police work to make for a satisfyingly immersive mystery that begs resolution until the last, unpredictable moment. (Amazon)
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Tiffany Black is worried and guilt-ridden about her friend Stone – so Nanna convinces her to accept a new, strange case.
A diamond thief has been murdered, and his girlfriend and co-conspirator wants Tiffany and Ian to investigate what happened. But when the client has secrets of her own, and the victim was obviously a criminal, how can Tiffany and Ian uncover the truth?
Meanwhile, Ian has grand plans of his own… (Amazon)
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