I read the two books in this anthology, A Carrion Death and The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu, back to back as the first whetted my appetite for the second. A Carrion Death introduces us to Assistant Superintendent David "Kubu" Bengu when he is called to investigate the corpse of a white man found near a waterhole in the desert. It is an interesting novel which portrays a Botswana far removed from Alexander McCall Smith's but is very obviously a first novel with some teething problems - it sometimes loses momentum by getting bogged down in unnecessary detail and a couple of the plot details have no explanation, they just are. The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu is much more accomplished. Kubu investigates a double murder with international implications in a camp in Northern Botswana.
Kubu is a charming protagonist. He is smart and intuitive with a happy home life and it is a joy to read about him. The plots in both novels are convoluted and involved and they held my attention throughout. It is always interesting to read novels set in foreign countries as they give you a picture of different cultures and the authors manage this very well. Apart from the food and scenery they manage to describe a Botswana which is modern and relatively prosperous but which still has traces of an older way of life, the same as any other country. It has changed my perception of the country.
I think this is a great anthology. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books and will be looking out for more books in the series.
- Hardcover: 467 pages
- Publisher: Collins (1 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061252409
- ISBN-13: 978-0061252402
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 780 g
- Customer Reviews: 54 customer ratings