Nov 14, 2010

Book review: Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage

Every Bitter Thing (Chief Inspector Mario Silva #4)

Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage

My objective rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 1, 2010 by Soho Crime
Mystery series, Chief Inspector Mario Silva #4
Source: Author/Publisher

Enjoyed this very interesting and fast paced police procedural set in Brazil. When people who had flown together on a flight from Miami to Sao Paolo began to be targeted and shot in a bizarre and unusual way, Inspector Silva is called in to investigate. Motive and method are riveting.

The writing is fresh and engaging. The story is told almost entirely from the point of view of the investigators, Inspector Silva and his team. We see the inside workings of the police unit. Their methods and their personalities are revealed and there is humor in the way they relate. We see the story unfold through their interviews with suspects and others in the case, the reader tagging along during police investigations. I found this a very  interesting read. I would however have chosen a different book cover as the picture of someone in chains, though arresting and attention getting, does not really reflect the story.

About the author: Leighton Gage is married to a Brazilian woman and spends much of his year in Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil. His other books include titles such as Blood of the Wicked, Dying Gasp, and Buried Strangers. More information is on his website:
Thanks to the author for a review copy of this book.

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  1. This does sound like a very intriguing book. Enjoyed your review. Have to add this to my wish list for Christmas.

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  2. Sounds like a great read. And I haven't read any mysteries/police procedurals set in Brazil, so I bet that would really be intriguing.

    Thanks for sharing!

    *p.s. I have to definitely agree with you on the cover, though not because I read the book, just because it really turns me off some how.

  3. I enjoy books that show the inside workings of various agencies, especially when a mystery is involved.

    Thanks for sharing....

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  4. I used to devour mystery books but really got out of the habit a few years back. Mostly, I think, because they all started to feel the same to me. Sounds like maybe I should try this one, though, and I might just find myself discovering that mysteries can be interesting again.

  5. Ah, I reviewed this one exactly one week ago. Well, perhaps it isn´t such a big coincidence as I planned to post my review around the time the book was for sale.

  6. I've not heard of this one, but this sounds fascinating -- thanks for posting on this!

  7. I always wonder how they come up with the covers and then an amazed at how often it really has nothing to do with the story itself. Sounds like a solid read!

  8. Wow, that sounds definitely original. I have never read anything set in Brazil... I am adding this to my wish-list.

  9. I haven't read any books set in Brazil, either, or at least not in a long time. Sounds very, very interesting.

  10. This sounds good. I used to read a lot more mysteries and thrillers a few years ago.


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