A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu #1) by Michael Stanley. Kalahari game rangers stumble on the human corpse mid-meal. Enter Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana CID. I really enjoyed this thriller although the end tailed off somewhat (too much explanation of loose ends needed). Shortlisted for: CWA Debut Dagger award. Strand Magazine's critics award for best first novel. Barry Award for for best first novel. Macavity Award for best first novel. Minnesota Book Awards genre fiction
Devil's Peak by Deon Meyer. Thobela knows only despair...and a cold desire for revenge. Thus is born the vigilante killer known as 'Artemis'. The police respond by putting on the case a man who can't afford to fail. Benny Griessel is on the brink of losing everything -- his job, his family, his self-respect -- and this could be his last chance to drag his life back out of the gutter. Always enjoy Deon Meyer.
The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (Detective Kubu #2) by the Michael Stanley duo. When two guests are bludgeoned to death at the isolated Jackalberry bush camp in northern Botswana, Detective David “Kubu” Bengu arrives from Gaborone to assist the local police. I enjoyed this one too. The main characters are endearing and it's a pleasure to have a detective who isn't fighting his demons, but just has a weakness for food.
Blood Safari by Deon Meyer. Emma le Roux wants to find her missing brother, who supposedly died twenty years ago, but whom she is convinced she's seen on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of a witch doctor and four poachers. She hires Lemmer to watch her back when she goes looking for answers.
Icarus by Deon Meyer. the high profile murder of Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi, whose body is discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Alibi is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners. It has made Richter one of the most notorious people in South Africa. Can Benny pull together the strands of his life in time to catch the killer? Clever plot. Well-written and interesting.
Power Play by Mike Nicol. Krista Bishop runs a security agency, for women only. Until she gets a call she can’t refuse from the government spooks: guard two high-profile Chinese businessmen. Too crude for my taste.