A Deadly Covenant is the eighth Detective Kubu mystery. Kubu is still new on the job and is ordered to observe the forensic pathologist dig up some old bones from the Kalahari sand. Not only do they eventually exhume nine skeletons, all of Bushmen, all murdered, but two local elders are suddenly murdered also. Kubu finds himself trying to pull the pieces together with little or no information. To add to the puzzle, a Bushman suddenly appears and makes unbelievable claims about the massacre.


Crystal Nguyen, a young investigative reporter, wants to make her mark in the world of television. Sidelined at first from reporting on her passion for environmental issues, Crystal finds an unusual way to get her news director’s attention—and the attention of hunters and poachers in northern Minnesota, some of whom are not happy with what she has to say. 

Her reporting goes viral when she suggests there may be someone out there—possibly part of the hunt-the-hunter movement—who is intent on going after poachers of the endangered gray wolf. She gives him the name, Wolfman, and the TV station’s rating soar. 

Then a hunter is shot, and Crystal is worried that her Wolfman idea has spawned a copycat—a real person intent on punishing poachers. Perhaps killing them.Now she has to downplay the Wolfman idea and appeal to the copycat to stop his attacks. Will he listen? Will she be in time to prevent someone from dying?


In these stories, seventeen writers from around the globe tell of dark doings in sunny places. Join them in the Dominican Republic, the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, chic Mykonos, Seville at midnight, and on the morning beachfront of Ghana where a man has revenge on his mind. Follow an NGO worker kidnapped in Yemen, an engineer repairing a dam in turmoil-torn Ethiopia, a foolish young Englishman hitchhiking across the Sahara.  You will visit historic Istanbul and Mombasa and learn the secrets of family conflicts in Singapore, in Puerto Rico, in New Orleans.

The authors of these tales will convince you that evil under the sun makes for the most compelling, most entertaining crime fiction anywhere on earth.


Faced with the violent death of his own father, Assistant Superintendent David ‘Kubu’ Bengu, the smartest detective in the Botswana police, is baffled.  Who would kill such a frail old man?  Kubu’s frustration grows as his boss, Director Mabaku, bans him from being involved in the investigation. The picture becomes even murkier with the apparent suicide of a government official.  Are Chinese mine-owners involved?  And what role does the US Embassy have to play?

Set amidst the dark beauty of modern Botswana, A Death in the Family is a thrilling insight into a world of riots, corruption, and greed, as a complex series of murders presents the opera-loving detective with his most challenging case yet.  When grief-stricken Kubu defies orders and sets out on the killers’ trail, startling and chilling links emerge, spanning the globe and setting a sequence of shocking events in motion.  Will Kubu catch the killers in time?


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. Kubu and his brilliant young colleague, Detective Samantha Khama, follow the twisting trail through a confusion of rhino-horn smugglers, foreign gangsters, and drug manufacturers. And the deeper they dig, the wider and more dangerous the case becomes…