Michael Sears

Michael Sears writes with Stanley Trollip under the name Michael Stanley. Their series featuring Detective Kubu is set in Botswana, a fascinating country with magnificent conservation areas and varied peoples. They know the country well, having visited frequently and been involved there professionally.

The mysteries are set against current southern Africa issues: the plight of the Bushman peoples of the Kalahari (Death of the Mantis, shortlisted for Edgar and Anthony awards, won a Barry award in 2011), the pervasive power of witch doctors (Deadly Harvest, shortlisted for an ITW Thriller award in 2014), the civil war in Zimbabwe, blood diamonds, the growing Chinese influence in Africa, and biopiracy.

Their first novel, A Carrion Death, was published in 2008. The latest book in the series is Dying to Live. They have also contributed short stories to a variety of anthologies and mystery magazines.

Mr. Sears has lived in South Africa, Kenya, Australia, and the U.S. His background is in mathematics, and he now specializes in image processing. He has worked in academia and industry, and is currently a professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Book Reviews by Michael Sears

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This is the second of Graeme Macrae Burnet’s crime novels featuring Chief Inspector Georges Gorski, the shy chief of police of the sleepy rural village of Saint-Louis in Alsace in France.

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Stephen Holgate has written a fascinating and well-constructed thriller set in Madagascar.

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With his debut novel, No Ordinary Killing, Jeff Dawson has given us a fascinating look at the South Africa of the beginning of the 20th century at the same time as crafting an intriguing m

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To say that this novel is set in Lagos is to miss the point—the book is a memoir of Lagos. If Abel Dike is the protagonist, then Lagos is the eponymous antagonist.