Mar 30, 2018

Sunday Salon: Mystery in Cuba and Montana

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen
Death Comes In Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage
March 20, 2018; Soho Press
Genre: mystery set in Havana, Cuba
Objective rating: 4/5

Matt travels to Havana to meet up with his Cuban fiancee, to get married, and hopefully persuade her to return with him to New Mexico, where he is a reporter for a small local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it appears, and complications arise that floor Matt when he has to deal with the police and Cuban security all while he interacts with the various local people, learns about life and culture and religion in Havana, and tastes a variety of their food.

This murder mystery is seen first through the eyes of Matt, then a detective turned private investigator, and then finally through the eyes of detective Martinez. We travel with Matt and learn about current Cuban culture and about the trends in relations with foreigners, including Americans.

Eye opening, a cultural tour that I enjoyed taking.

Book courtesy of  Soho Press

A Sharp Solitude: A Novel of Suspense
A Sharp Solitude by Christine Carbo
Publication May 29, 2018 by Atria Books
Genre: mystery set in northwest Montana
Source: NetGalley ebook

I was attracted to this book by the title and cover and the setting in the wilds of northwest Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. FBI investigator Ali Paige becomes involved in a murder case, interesting to her because the suspect is her former boyfriend Reeve, who is also the father of her five-year-old daughter. With all these complications, Ali has to tread lightly while she investigates on her own, thinking all the while of her daughter, who is close to her father.

I had thought that the plot was predictable, since the themes of gun control and journalism came up early in the book. But flipping through and reaching the end, I saw that the mystery is not what I had expected and there was a twist to the plot!

Objective rating: 3.5/5

Next, I'll be reading Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris, an historical novel based on true incidents.
Publication: August 28, 2018, Sourcebooks Landmark

What books are you reading this week?
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  1. You always take us to new places. Mysteries aren't all about the discomfort of murder. There is also cultures. Different laws and...

    1. Setting, background history, and atmosphere add a lot to a mystery novel, I agree.

  2. Enjoy your new mysteries, and have a happy Easter!

  3. I'm curious about both books...A Sharp Solitude looks very intriguing. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week!

    1. Read both books in record time, Laurel-Rain!

  4. They both sound really good and I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading.

  5. I love the cover of A Sharp Solitude. I went to Glacier National Park when I was a teenager and saw the grizzlies. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Glacier National Park is on my bucket list.


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