The Last Case of Inspector Fourie
The head of a diamond sorting plant in Johannesburg is murdered with a blunt object. Diamonds are missing and there is no trace of the murder weapon. Yet both - and the murderer - must still be at the facility; it was locked down after the the murder was discovered and no one could have got past the airtight security.

Inspector Johan Fourie is bitter about being forced to retire from the South African Police, ostensibly because of a bullet wound, but really, he believes, to make way for new black officers. But a murderer is a murderer and a thief is a thief. He has no intention of failing to solve his last case or of letting the culprit go unpunished.

The Last Case of Inspector Fourie appeared in The Strand Magazine 2014.

A Taste of Africa
This cookbook is a collection of southern Africa recipes that are favorites of Detective Kubu. The book covers special drinks from southern Africa and a number of recipes for appetizers. There is a collection of main courses that are popular in the region - and favorites of Kubu - but may be unusual and exotic for western cooks. Finally several interesting desserts that make Kubu's mouth water. A Taste of Africa also has some fun information about Kubu's eating and drinking habits and ideas about diet, and great sketches of Kubu at 'work'! The recipes in the KUkBUk have been tried and tested on friends from different countries and pronounced delicious. We enjoy them regularly. Try them out for something a bit different and interesting. Have fun cooking and bon appetit!

Detective Kubu Investigates
This is a collection of the Michael Stanley short stories about Detective Kubu.
Twenty-first century Botswana is a country with real issues and real murders. In this collection of stories - one never previously published - Kubu investigates three mysterious deaths. A man is stabbed outside a bar. Is it just a jealous fight or is there something much more sinister behind it? A man suffers a gruesome death in a country town. Is it the result of witchcraft, or could there be another cause? A policeman is shot dead at close range in his own home. Is it the colleagues of a man he killed who was resisting arrest? And what of his wife's alibi? In the last story of the collection, The Haunting, a very unusual detective in South Africa solves a strange disappearance and fraud in a most unconventional way.

An Issue of Women and Money
Kubu has to investigate a murder at a neighborhood bar. At first it seems to be a case of a drunken brawl but some aspects don't add up.  And when it turns out the victim has just had a big win at the casino, Kubu knows that there's more to it than meets the eye...

An Issue of Women and Money appears in Once Upon A Crime - an anthology of murder, mayhem and suspense, edited by Gary Bush & Chris Everheart and published by Nodin Press. ISBN 978 1 932472 71 4

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The Empty Chair by Graham Greene and...
The Empty Chair is a recently discovered unfinished novella by Graham Greene.  Set in an English country house where a group of guests are spending a few days with Lady Alice Perriham, one morning a guest does not appear for breakfast and is discovered murdered. At first it seems straightforward, but the case becomes more and more complicated. Inspector Maybury - an intriguing stamp-collecting detective - follows the trail.  But it's the aging actor - Sir John Collis - who unravels the mystery.

The Strand Magazine published the novella and ran a competition for the best ending to the story.  Our offering was chosen and will appear in the Spring 2011 edition.

The Haunting
The Haunting is a short story about a witchdoctor in South Africa who gets mixed up in a murder.  And finds a strange way of solving it.

It appeared in the June-Sept. 2010 issue of The Strand Magazine.
 
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Neighbours by Michael Stanley
Two neighbours in a small rural village in Botswana are always feuding.  Barking dogs, tresspassing goats, whatever.  When one dies a sudden and mysterious death, the villagers suspect witchcraft and threaten to take the law into their own hands. Kubu doesn't have long to solve the case.

Neighbours appears in an anthology of short stories by South African crime writers entitled Bad Company, edited by Joanne Hichens and published by Pan MacMillan.  ISBN 978 1 770 10087 9.

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