The Poisoned Pawn was released this month in paperback in both the United States and Canada which is pretty darn exciting. Even more exciting? My first review in the New York Times. This appeared in the Sunday Book Review on March 2. Nice!
"When it comes to visiting Cuba, it helps to be Canadian. Peggy Blair, a Canadian lawyer unfettered by travel restrictions, made the most of a 2006 Christmas holiday in Old Havana, which became the setting of “The Beggar’s Opera,” a well-crafted procedural with a detective who is haunted by the victims in his homicide cases. Inspector Ricardo Ramirez of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police returns in THE POISONED PAWN (Pintail, paper, $16), pursued by the specter of an old woman dressed in white and with a knife in her heart, found in “an unofficial temple for the worshippers of Santería gods” known as Blind Alley. Even while he’s pursued by this impatient ghost, Ramirez is a wonderful guide — hiding nothing but hoping we’ll look past the poverty, hardship and political corruption to see the beauty and humanity of his battered city."
In other great news, The Beggar's Opera has been released in Germany as Die Geister von Havanna, or Ghosts of Havana! And it's in hard cover, which makes it the first hard cover edition of the book. I received my complimentary copies by mail last week, and that was pretty exciting! I love the cover.
In other news, I have a new publisher for the next two Ramirez novels! I can't tell you yet who it is (publisher wants to keep it mum for a while), but I will as soon as I can.
The next in the series is called Hungry Ghosts. It sees Inspector Ramirez dealing with a serial killer. The reader knows, but Ramirez doesn't, that it's the same killer who's stalking women in northern Ontario. This time around, he's assisted by one of my favourite new characters, Manual Flores, a profiler, and a Chinese entymologist on loan from China. (I think this one may be my favourite of the series!)
The fourth book is also written, and it's a class espinionage-style thriller involving an attempt by the CIA to assassinate Raul Castro. It has a Russian intelligence officer travelling to Havana to warn the Cuban authorities, another new character I'm pretty fond of.
Meanwhile, The Beggar's Opera is out in the UK as Midnight in Havana where it's been doing really well. We're just waiting to find out if the other books will make their way across the pond. (And isn't that another great cover?)
Finally, I'm delighted to say that both The Beggar's Opera and The Poisoned Pawn will be published in the Czech Republic! I'll post more details when I have them. Nice start to the New Year!
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“I have a penchant for smart, dark, literary crime fiction, and The Beggar’s Opera is all of that: an excellent book.”
—Allan Guthrie, author of Two Way Split
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