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The Beggar's OperaIn 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 This is the first Inspector Ricardo Ramirez mystery and it begins with the death of his grandmother when he is only nine years old She passes to him my gift to you as the eldest child Her gift is the ability to see the dead and indeed as the Inspector in charge of the Havana Major Crimes Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police Ramirez is constantly followed by the victims of the crimes he is investigating As well as the dead Ramirez is aided by his subordinate Detective Rodriuez Sanchez and pathologist Hector ApiroIt is Christmas Eve 2006 and Mike and Hillary Ellis are on holiday Mike Ellis is a detective from Canada who recently suffered a violent facial injury while his partner was killed However the holiday which should have helped heal him has resulted in his marriage crumbling in recrimination and anger Hillary hates Cuba and after a major argument heads home leaving Mike Ellis alone When a young boy seen begging from the couple the day before is found murdered Ellis is the prime suspect In Cuba he has no legal rights and Ramirez is under pressure to complete the investigation within a strict timeline Can Canadian lawer Celia Jones save him from the firing suad?This is an assured and well written debut If you enjoy crime stories set in unusual locations then you will enjoy this I had only a very sketchy idea of what Cuba is like having never visited the country Ramirez is hampered in both his professional and personal life by shortages there are few toys little petrol meat soap or even crime scene tape available At one point there is no possibility of checking something as there are no batteries for the calculator and the internet is banned The author cleverly weaves her story and location together with a well written plot and great characters I look forward to reading on in this series and hope we hear from from Inspector Ramirez soon

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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 I was hesitant to even give this book 2 stars but the propulsive story behind the mystery deserved it However the mystery was jus about the only thing I did enjoy about this book Beyond that I found it to be a book that was confused as to exactly what it wanted to be a murder mystery a love letter to Cuba a book about the political and sexual culture of Cuba an examination of individual sexuality or a ghost story The dialogue often felt forced and unrealistic I had a hard time really believing these characters or they way they talked It was just poorly done Also why did Blair write herself into the story as a female mystery writer traveling to Cuba to write mysteries about Cubathis is a weak and dull trope that authors take up to make their stories excitingall it did for me was elicit a moan Finally spoilers ahead the mystery about Mike Ellis and his incident back home The science and investigation was so ill conceived and unrealistic that I nearly gave up on the book with less than 10 pages to goit was just bad story tellingeven worse it was just bad mystery writing And the final shock that Ellis might be gay ok so what? What larger purpose does that have for the story All I felt at that moment was the characters talking about Ellis were passing judgement on him I've heard so many positive things about this book but in the end it was just a major let down

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The Beggar's Opera kindle ´ Paperback read ☆ 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 world famous Malecón Rld 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 Loved the setting Old Havana Cuba hated the crime that Inspector Ramirez had to investigate a young boy killed Mike Ellis a Canadian cop on holiday with his wife who just might be the killer but he can't remember and a story filled with so many twists and turns and such an unlikely ending it just goes to show that even the best investigator has a hard time finding out what really happened I probably should have bumped this up to 4 stars based on the story and the parts about criminal justice in Cuba but I just can't based on the writing style This author has a lot of promise and I do have to find out what is next for Inspector Ramirez so I will be looking for the second book in this series