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Download ePub Ô The Beggar's Opera 346 pages À Peggy Blair Ä In beautiful crumbling Old Havana Canadian detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will help save his troubled marriage He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water—much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the Canadian couple for Eaving the island But Ramírez also has his own troubles to worry about He’s dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of unsolved murders As he races against time the dead haunt his every step Book #1 in the Inspector Ramirez Mystery seriesI was drawn to this one for two reasons The first is pretty shallow but I really really love this cover and it drew me in I just think it's one of the best covers I've seen in a long time The second reason was the mention in the blurb that the main character Inspector Ramirez can see the ghosts of unsolved murder victims I'm inThe fact that it's a police procedural set in Cuba was also a draw for me I know not the first thing about Cuba so thought it would be an interesting move away from the usual USUK crime settings It was an eye opener as to Cuban politics everyday living and laws It's not a place I've ever considered visiting but I definitely wouldn't want to travel there now It sounds like a scary place What I wasn't aware of and had I known before starting it I would never have picked it to read was that the murder victim is a little Cuban boy and that child abuse rape and pedophilia are strong themes I mention this in case it's a deciding factor for anyone else but I can also confirm that those themes are dealt with on an 'after the fact' basis and are not dwelt on unnecessarilyAs to the story itself I liked it a lot Interesting exciting puzzling all the things you'd expect from a crime thriller I wasn't sure if I was supposed to like Inspector Ramirez though He's the main character and I'll be honest it took me almost 34 of the book to warm to him and even now I'm still not 100% sure about him I suppose it comes with the territory but he just seemed so blinkered and judgmental and sure of himself I think he might take a bit of time to grow on me All the other characters came alive for me and there was to them than met the eye I liked the setting I liked the twists and turns and even though I guessed at the twist at the end I liked that too I thought it was a great story Perhaps parts of the ending were a little unbelievable but easy to overlook when the story was so strongWhat disappointed me most though was the lack of 'ghosts of unsolved murder victims' Since they were mentioned in the synopsis I had thought that they'd play a bigger role but really they were few and far between and in the background mostly I'd have liked involvement from them They were interesting and so was the Inspector's interaction with themor would have been if it was given page time I'm hopeful that maybe that side of things will take off a bit in the next books which I will definitely read I've got the next Inspector Ramirez mystery all lined upA note of warning 'Midnight in Havana' is a renamed edition of 'Beggar's Opera' which has been republished for the UK market Given a new name and new cover but the same book nevertheless I very nearly bought that other one thinking it was a different book It's not mentioned in the blurb anywhere on the edition I have so thought it worth noting Note I received a free copy of this title from the publisher

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In beautiful crumbling Old Havana Canadian detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will help save his troubled marriage He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the Canadian couple for a few pesos on the wo Originally posted to Bookish Book Blog Real captivating and ultimately moving The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair is a significant addition to the murder mystery genre It's a poignant and brutally honest story that paints a truly harrowing picture of poverty abuse corruption and abominable living conditions in Hemingway's Havana It's dark disturbing thought provoking and heart poundingly thrilling Not by any means an easy to digest book but one absolutely worth reading nevertheless Inspector Ricardo Ramirez is called in to investigate when the body of a little Cuban boy is discovered floating in the ocean in the Caleta de San Lazaro Drugged brutally raped and killed with a blow to the head the boy had last been seen accepting money from a Canadian tourist Mike Ellis Witnesses saw Ellis giving the child money and later on someone made an anonymous phone call to the police station stating that they witnessed a man with his description approaching young boys for sex in Parue Ciudad A pair of men's briefs had been found in his room the underwear had the boy's blood on it Not to mention the polaroid photographs recovered from under the mattress in his hotel room they were pictures documenting every step of the brutal rape Mike Ellis has no memory of the previous evening after the fight with his wife he spent the night getting drunk at a local bar It seems Inspector Ramirez has all the evidence he needs to convict the murderer and close the case but is the case really as obvious as it appears? Or is there to the story? Is Mike Ellis a cold blooded vicious murderer or is someone trying to frame him? With only seventy two hours to solve the murder case the race against time begins Will justice be served? The first book in the Inspector Ramirez Series is a taut and atmospheric thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the very last page It's an exceptionally well written murder mystery set against a vividly depicted political and cultural background of Cuba Blair writes with real understanding of Cuban harsh reality compelling the reader with insights into the troubled society Her knowledge about forensics police procedures and related protocols is apparent on every page The amount of detail is simply mind blowing Disturbing at times but mostly very impressive and fascinating It's a gorgeously suspenseful mindbender a great example of how the right approach to storytelling scattering pieces of information throughout the novel beautifully braiding together the convoluted threads and diabolically building the tension and mystery can elevate the book and turn it into a heart stopping literary puzzle Blair did a remarkable job fleshing out the main character Inspector Ramirez making him one of the most uniue and unforgettable narrative voices in recent fiction I found him different from all the other detectivesinspectors in popular murder mysteries Haunted by the ghosts of victims of his unsolved murder cases dying of a rare and incurable type of dementia struggling to keep his life from falling apart he was a very convincing and easy to connect with character And as much as I loved the intelligent and provocative plot line I think the whole thing wouldn't turn out nearly as good without the well drawn complex MC His presence in the book added a lot of character and flavor creating a memorable eerie atmosphere and turning a solid whodunit story into an absolute masterpiece The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair is a stunning debut novel and a very promising beginning to a great new mystery series I'm looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for Inspector Ramirez in the next book

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The Beggar's OperaRld famous Malecón For Inspector Ricardo Ramírez head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police finding his prime suspect isn’t a problem Cuban law is He has only seventy two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from l Nothing will make you fall in love with old Havana this book From the pages of this book you can almost feel the heat of the sun the breeze of the wind and that cool taste of mojito If only to hide the secrets that the city holds deep insidedeep inside each and every one of us there is a secret we will hold until escaping from it you just run right into it Beautiful tale of crime prejudice and a fight for survival