1. One of the themes of A Carrion Death is the tension between traditional values—the witchdoctor, for example—and western values. How does this best show up in the book? Are there similar tensions in your own country? If so, how do they manifest themselves?
2. Would you like to have Joy and Kubu as friends? Why?
3. How successful would Kubu be if transplanted to a police force in the USA?
4. What do you think are Kubu’s views of South Africa?
5. How do you think Minnesota-trained academic, Bongani, fits into Botswana life?
6. How does the authors’ love of Africa come through in the book?
7. Are you able to tell which of the authors wrote which parts of the book? How do you think two people write fiction together?
8. What are your reactions to the relationships that Kubu has with his wife and parents?
9. What is your impression of Botswana? How would you describe it to a friend?
10. Why do you think Botswana is such a successful and stable democracy?
11. Joy and Kubu cannot have kids. How do you think that knowledge will affect their sex life?
12. Do you think that Kubu should stick to his diet? Why?