Cover Reveal: A Deadly Covenant by Michael Stanley

Oh I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing you the exclusive cover reveal for the brand new Detective Kubu novel from fabulous crime writing duo, Michael Stanley. I won’t make any bones about it – I love this series and when Karen Sullivan asked me if I’d like to share the cover with the world, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I am soooo happy that we are getting a brand new book this December – it can’t come soon enough and what a perfect treat for Christmas too. A Deadly Covenant is a brand new prequel, telling us more of the story of rookie Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu and his early days in the Botswana police force. And not only do we get a brand new book, the series is getting a brand new look too which I think is an absolutely perfect fit. But before we take a look at the cover, here’s what the book is all about:

Release Date: 08 December 2022
Publisher: Orenda Books

About the Book

When a human skeleton is discovered at the site of a controversial new dam in remote northern Botswana, rookie Detective Kubu is drawn into a terrifying local feud, and discovers a deadly covenant that could change everything…

While building a pipeline near the Okavango Delta, a contractor unearths the remains of a long-dead Bushman. Rookie Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu of Botswana CID and Scottish pathologist, Ian MacGregor, are sent to investigate, and MacGregor discovers the skeletons of eight more men.

Shortly after the gruesome discoveries, the elder of a nearby village is murdered in his home. The local police are convinced it was a robbery, but Kubu isn’t so sure … and neither is the strange woman who claims that an angry river spirit caused the elder’s death.

As accusations of corruption are levelled and international outrage builds over the massacre of the Bushman families, Kubu and his colleagues uncover a deadly covenant, and begin to fear that their own lives may be in mortal danger…

Doesn’t that sound absolutely brilliant? I genuinely cannot wait to get my hands on a copy as Kubu is one of my favourite characters. And I love reading these stories of how he became the wonderfully larger than life Detective we know and love.

So – are you ready to see the cover? Honestly – it is brilliant. And it’s right after this lovely hippo countdown …

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Is that not just perfect? A real tribal vibe, but still fun and fresh. I love it. Totally reflects the tone of these books. Bravo Orenda Books!

Don’t forget, the book is out on 8th December so get ordering, right now.

About the Authors

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both were born in South Africa and have worked in academia and business. On a flying trip to Botswana, they watched a pack of hyenas hunt, kill, and devour a wildebeest, eating both flesh and bones. That gave them the premise for their first mystery, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective ‘Kubu’ Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. It was a finalist for five awards, including the CWA Debut Dagger. The series has been critically acclaimed, and their third book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award and was a finalist for an Edgar award. Deadly Harvest was a finalist for an International Thriller Writers’ award. Dead of Night is their first stand-alone thriller.