The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

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The Beggar’s Opera is an impressive debut, and was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association’s prestigious Debut Dagger Award in 2010. Blair cleverly handles her world-building by using the differing perspectives of Ramirez and Ellis to create a vivid sense of Cuban culture...
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The first volume in the atmospheric and suspenseful Inspector Ramirez series 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 Malecon. For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, 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 leaving the island. But Ramirez 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...
 

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PEGGY BLAIR has been a lawyer for more than thirty years. A recognized expert in Aboriginal law, she also worked as a criminal defense lawyer and Crown Prosecutor. Blair spent a Christmas in Old Havana, where she watched bored young policemen on street corners along the Malecón, visited Hemingway's favorite bars, and learned to make the perfect mojito.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Penguin Canada. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Feb 10 2012

...The Beggar’s Opera is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery that bodes well for future novels featuring Ricardo Ramirez.

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Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Feb 10 2012

The Beggar’s Opera is an impressive debut, and was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association’s prestigious Debut Dagger Award in 2010. Blair cleverly handles her world-building by using the differing perspectives of Ramirez and Ellis to create a vivid sense of Cuban culture...

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