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A great launch for A Deadly Covenant at Once Upon a Crime!

Many thanks to Mary Ann Grossman and Devin and her team at the bookstore.

You can watch the launch on Crowdcast by clicking on the picture:

The hybrid event at Once Upon A Crime

It was wonderful to get together with friends, readers, and writers at Bouchercon 2022 in Minneapolis for the first time since 2019!

Bouchercon dream panel. From the left: Matthew Goldman; Jo Nesbo; Alexander McCall Smith; Stanley Trollip; Catriona McPherson; Caro Ramsay. About 100 million books sold between them!

We decided to launch the new Detective Kubu mystery, A Deadly Covenant, in north America in time for Bouchercon. It will be out in the UK in December and the rest of the world in the new year. The new mystery has a Bushman sub-theme, and is set near the world heritage site of Tsodilo Hills with its hundreds of wonderful rock paintings.

Painting of Eland at Tsodilo

Stanley will discuss Bushman cultures at the events for A Deadly Covenant. Please see EVENTS for details.

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We invite you to read a selection of the quotes and reviews for the book, and you can read the first chapter of the book also.


Here are some quotes and reviews for the new book. Needless to say, we’re delighted!

A Deadly Covenant Earns 5/5 Water Spirits & Secrets…Engaging Must Read!…A top contender for my Best of 2022!” – Kathleen Costa, Kings River Life Magazine

“As a big fan of uncovered or unsolved mysteries from the remote past, I found A Deadly Covenant completely intriguing and engrossing, and the Bushman scenes fascinating. Kubu seems ever more incisive. Vividly painted scenery, and I can feel the oppressive heat. Talk about Sunshine Noir!”- Kwei Quartey, award-winning author

“The unmatched beauty, spirit, and mystery of Africa never fails to come to life in Michael Stanley’s award-winning Botswana-based Detective David “Kubu” Bengu series. In the newest addition to this irresistible series, A Deadly Covenant, societal conflicts, generational prejudices, family secrets, and political turf wars combine to obstruct a youthful Detective Kubu’s investigation into old bones unearthed in a remote Botswana village and the seemingly unrelated murders that soon follow their discovery. A Deadly Covenant is an irresistible page-turner and a powerful contribution to the Kubu saga.” Jeffrey Siger, author of the best-selling Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mysteries

Any book featuring this detective from Botswana will be one to look forward to with a great deal of anticipation… and to savor every word once it is in my hands.Kittling Books

Here’s hoping for a few more “early” Kubu cases, as there is still so much to learn about this unique character, his colleagues, and the country he calls home. Bolo Books

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 Magazine

The sandy stretches of northern Botswana may appear simple but they have a complex past and a complicated present that will not yield to comfortable resolutions. Kubu is an excellent, if large, companion for readers entering his unfamiliar land.Reviewing the Evidence

Other editions

A Deadly Covenant will be released in the UK on December 8, and in the rest of the world in the new year. Take a look at the striking cover.

There will also be an audio book out on November 1 worldwide, read by Ben Onwukwe! Listen to his excellent reading of the start of Facets of Death below.

CLICK HERE to download the first Chapter.


Facets of Death was shortlisted for the Best Investigator Silver Falchion at Killer Nashville!





Brilliant audiobook read  by Ben Onwukwe also available now worldwide

Listen to a trailer of the first chapter:

Listen to a sample of of the Facets of Death audio book, read by Ben Onwukwe, a well-known English TV and voice personality. It's terrific and available worldwide.Sunshine-Noir Sourcebooks Orenda Books #Botswana

Posted by Michael Stanley on Sunday, June 27, 2021


‘Facets of Death is easily one of the best heist novels I’ve read since Gerald Browne’s classic 11 Harrowhouse’ – BookPage starred review.

The Times and Sunday Times Crime Club chose Facets of Death as a Pick of the Week

Facets of Death is set in the late 1990s when Kubu first joins the Botswana CID as a raw detective. While he’s trying to be accepted by the current staff and to make a role for himself in the CID, a massive diamond heist takes place on the road from Jwaneng — home of the world’s richest diamond mine.

It’s immediately clear that this is no opportunistic robbery. The mine has a complicated security scheme in place, and Kubu and his boss, Assistant Superintendent Mabaku, immediately suspect an inside job. The robbers systematically eliminate all the witnesses, and then they are killed by the South African police, leaving the detectives with nothing to go on.

Kubu and Mabaku are sure they can solve the case if only their contacts can stay alive long enough to point them in the right direction. However, when one of the mine’s senior managers becomes the next victim, they are forced to set a trap for the crime’s mastermind. If it fails, their careers are over – in Kubu’s case before it’s even begun.

Click here to read Chapter 1 of Facets of Death