Inspector Ramirez investigates a growing number of murdered prostitutes all with similar factors in their deaths. The apparent serial killer is not only targeting Cuban women but the killing has made its way up to Canada. When a ghost appears by his side, signalling another murder victim, Ramirez and his team race to solve the cases that span across countries before another person dies.
Blair does it again in this third installment of her Inspector Ramirez series. Each of her books are infused with such richness of the Cuban and Canadian culture, and Hungry Ghosts is no different. Starting off with an art heist, the cases hit the ground running at full speed. And while I love a good scary ghost story, the inclusion of the ghosts that appear to Ramirez is a subtle aspect, more of an enhancement to the broader story of the crime mystery and not utilized in the method to elicit fear.
I enjoyed how this story unfolded, as the reader navigates the twists and turns making the connections that are revealed to us. The way in which Blair writes about the First Nation people, and the reserve that the Canadian portion of the story takes place in was really interesting to me as I, unfortunately, didn’t know too much about the traditions and customs. In the same vein, the infusion of Cuban culture with the novel also provided a deeper context to the motivations and actions of its characters.
Without giving anything away, I also found some of the narrative very interesting and very timely to a particular hot-topic event in the news as of late. Curious what I’m referring to? You’ll have to read the book to come to that conclusion yourself!