When Cuban Inspector Ricardo Ramirez is dispatched to Canada and told to bring home a priest found in possession of child pornography depicting Cuban children, he knows his job will be hard enough. But it gets worse once he’s in Ottawa, and women in Havana start dropping dead from a mysterious toxin. Worried about his family, powerless to help pathologist Hector Apiro, and faced with the threat of a Canadian travel advisory that could shut down Cuban tourism, Ramirez tries focus on his mission. As he does, he untangles a web of deceit and depravity that extends all the way from the corridors of power in Ottawa to those of the Vatican, and uncovers a cold-blooded killer.
The Poisoned Pawn is the gripping, fast-paced sequel to the award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery The Beggar’s Opera. Evoking the crumbling beauty of Old Havana and featuring Inspector Ramirez, a man haunted by the victims of his unsolved cases, it’s perfect for fans of Donna Leon and Martin Cruz Smith who love exotic settings and unforgettable characters. – Publisher’s Website
I really have to say, Peggy is getting better and better with her 2nd book in the Inspector Ramirez series. She has penned a book that has everything tucked away in a concise and entertaining series. Even though this book is set mostly in Canada, Inspector Ramirez’s mind is as clear as ever, even with the sub-zero temperatures. He has more things up his sleeve during this investigation that I would have thought of, but he does it with class and grace.
Do not underestimate him! I want the next book to come out already! My earlier review of Peggy’s first book is located here, so go and take a look. Also, the Begger’s Opera is now available in the U.S., so if you live there, go and get yourself a copy and get ready to immerse yourself in Cuban Culture, and Mystery Writing at it’s finest.
Much Thanks to Peggy and Penguin Canada for allowing me to take part in the blog tour again. Always looking forward to great new emerging Canadian Talent! I’m so happy to be able to bring this to you along with many, many more that I have loved. So, go and get both books in the series if you haven’t read them, and the first in the U.S. and are new to Peggy’s work. I can attest that you will not be disappointed in the least !
If you are looking for other view points on this book and her first, the blog tour isn’t finished yet. You can go to these blogs and see what they had to say about Peggy’s newest work.
Feb 25 – The Literary Word
Feb 26 – Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
Feb 28 – Just a Lil Lost
March 4 – A Bookworm’s World
March 5 – Serendipitous Readings – That’s Here !
March 6 – Literary Treats
March 7 – Thrifty Momma ’s Brainfood