Queen of Bones

Teresa Dovalpage. Soho Crime, $26.95 (288p) ISBN -978-1-64129-015-9
Cuba’s distinctive culture and cuisine again serve as the backdrop for Dovalpage’s enticing second Havana mystery (after 2018’s Death Comes in Through the Kitchen). Twenty years after Cuban Juan Chiong barely survived a raft trip to Miami, Fla., his life has certainly improved: he has a stable, well-paying job as a contractor in New Mexico and is married to wealthy real estate agent Sharon. Juan now plans to return to Havana, though Sharon senses he’d rather do so alone. Concerned about Cuba’s political instability and her husband’s vague plans, Sharon accompanies him to the island nation. Juan, who’s determined to find his lost love, Elsa, is oblivious to the danger of delving into the past that still haunts him. Even after a childhood friend’s murder, he continues to dig, putting everyone around him at risk. Dovalpage skillfully evokes the lights and shadows of life in Cuba as the forlorn, reckless Juan contends with the women who try to control him. Vibrant supporting characters such as Padrino, a Santería priest, and Lt. Marlene Martínez, a police detective, lend color. This moving tale of love, loss, greed, and betrayal will also appeal to non-mystery readers. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 10/31/2019
Release date: 11/12/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 978-1-64129-209-2
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