It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is currently hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

My Kindle Subscription ended this past weekend so I managed to catch up with a Joffe Books police procedural series. Cath Staincliffe’s Detective Janine Lewis Mysteries is currently being republished by Joffe Books. This series formed the basis for a popular Crime TV show named Blue Murder and was aired on iTV from 2003 to 2009. Looks like the books came later because the first book in this series, Blue Murder, was first published in 2004.

If you love Ann Cleeves’ Vera and Shetland, you might want to add Cath Staincliffe’s Janine Lewis to your TBR. I binge read the first two books – these are the only ones in reprint as of writing this post – and I absolutely loved it!

What am I currently reading?

I am currently reading A Deadly Covenant by Michael Stanley.


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…

Michael Stanley is the writing partnership of two authors, Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Michael lives in Johannesburg while Stanley lives in Minneapolis. A Deadly Covenant is the eighth book in Detective Kubu series. The series is set on Botswana and features Rookie Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu of Botswana CID and Scottish pathologist, Ian MacGregor.

I was offered an ARC of this book by the authors. I am 15% through the story (I started reading it last night) and so far, consider me impressed. I love the setting and the character portrayal. The storytelling is simply fantastic. I haven’t read the first seven books of this series but looks like I will have to. SOON! What can I say? I am a compulsive-obsessive reader.

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14 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

    1. Ooh. I saw that on Kindle Unlimited catalog. Once you write a review, I will decide whether to read or not.

      ARC is advanced reader copy. The ones you get from authors, publishers or netgalley/edelweiss before the book is published.

  1. I read one of the books in that series. I enjoyed it as well, but I never did go back and read any more. I should fix that. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Thank you for the review. I had never heard of the Detective Kubu books, but I love the Botswana setting of Alexander McCall Smith’s books, so will put these on my TR list! Hope you have a great week.

    1. I haven’t read any of McCall’s books yet. I still have a lot on my TBR and the list just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

  3. I think I’ve seen a few episodes of Blue Murder when it was on TV here, a long while ago though. I might see if I can find it and add it to my watch list. I do enjoy Vera.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. I don’t think it is on any of the OTT platforms.

      Thank you for stopping by. You too have a great reading week. 😊❤

  4. The book by Michael Stanley does sound good. I love it when I find a new series to enjoy. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Isn’t it? I have found so many interesting series this year – and went on binge reading sprees. 🙂

    1. I feel books are always better than their TV/movie adaptations.
      I love Shetland too – books and TV series. I look very similar to DS Alison O’Donnell. That’s another reason for me to love the series. Haha.

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