Mere days after Inspector Ricardo Ramirez solves the crime that Mike Ellis was arrested for, he is enjoying the new year with his wife when he gets called on an assignment of a sensitive nature. After some governmental strings were pulled, Ramirez is being sent to Canada to bring home a priest who has been found in possession of some illegal material involving young children. To make matters more dire, seemingly unrelated women start dropping dead from an unknown cause and Ramirez must race to bring home the accused priest before a travel advisory is released, thereby crippling Cuba’s income from tourism.
Many of the familiar characters from the first book are back in this exciting sequel. I felt this second installment of the Inspector Ramirez series was even better than the first. The flow of the storytelling felt more polished and the narrative kept the action moving. The first book often mentioned Ramirez’ unusual affliction, in that he can see the ghosts of the victims. While I found that to be an interesting component to the story, I also appreciated that it wasn’t as much in the forefront for this one. The Poisoned Pawn focused more on the characters and the several mysteries that were at play in any given time.
There was also less explanation in this book, which is the good thing that works for subsequent books in a series. The author doesn’t have to spend as much time explaining and setting the scene or characters, but just enough to have newcomers still know what’s going on. Right from the beginning, this book jumps right into it and doesn’t let up till the very end. Blair weaves a fantastic tale of corruption and mystery, with some fantastically shocking reveals. Being set in both Canada and Cuba, it’s a welcome mix of the familiar and exotic. The Poisoned Pawn is a definite must-read for fans of the mystery genre.
Other stops on this blog tour!
The Literary Word | Feb 25
Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea | Feb 26
Just a Lil Lost | Feb 28
A Bookworm’s World | Mar 4
Serendipitous Readings | Mar 5
Literary Treats | Mar 6
Thrifty Momma’s Brainfood | Mar 7
The great people at Penguin Canada have given me the opportunity to give away not only The Poisoned Pawn but also the first book (with the new matching cover!) in this fantastic detective series, The Beggar’s Opera! Wow!
- Open to residents of Canada
- Winner has 48 hrs to respond to email to confirm
- Books will be sent out by Penguin Canada