Sibanda and the Rainbird

C. M. Elliott


  • Jacana
  • Johannesburg
  • 2014
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 150 pages


Set in contemporary Africa, this crime novel introduces Detective Inspector Jabulani Sibanda, a highly knowledgeable, cultured, bush-savvy policeman and his overweight, simple but good-natured sidekick, Sergeant Ncube, stationed in a large village on the border of a national park. The story opens with the discovery of a gruesome corpse in the park near Thunduluka Lodge, sparking an investigation. Together the two discover clues, including tire tracks, a knife inscribed with the letter B, and a sliver of metallic blue car paint, all of which lead them on several fraught journeys in search of the distinctive vehicle.


Interesting characters, intricate plot and very well spun story. I suppose the fact that i found the lead character an insufferable prick means the author did a good job making him believable. - Goodreads


C. M. Elliott was born in England and moved to Zimbabwe in 1977. She and her husband are the founders of a tourism business in Zimbabwe near Hwange National Park.