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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (8 Aug 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853812641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853812644
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.1 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 April 2013
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I read this book before visiting Barcelona. I enjoyed the story and the description of the city. It is worth reading but don't expect to be wowed!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss S. Bonnick on 19 Mar 2010
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A Cassandra Reilly Mystery.

Spanish translator and amateur detective Cassandra is called up by femme fatale Frankie Stevens, to locate her husband Ben, who has vanished.

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A Hilareous Madcap Mystery!! 1 July 1998
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Barbara Wilson can write! I've also read her book "Cows and Horses", actually I've read it more than once. I intend to read many more of her books.
"Gaudi Afternoon" is written with style, wit and flair. I loved every single page of it. It made me laugh outloud, and kept me guessing.
Set in Barcelona, Spain, the environment is so well reflected in the book, Ms. Wilson definitely is either familiar with the area and it's people, or did extensive research.
The narrator, Cassandra, is kept guessing as much as we are, as the plot twists and turns--but never loses it's reader.
No one is really as they initially seem, from the character, Frankie, who hires Cassandra to find her husband Ben, right through to a surprise about Ben's girlfriend, April!
One of the things that makes this mystery unique is the fact it doesn't revolve around the usual murder.
Everything about "Gaudi Afternoon" is refreshing and unique.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A superbly crafted and energetically written mystery 13 Jan 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cassandra Reilly is at work in Barcelona translating novel when she gets a call in London from Frankie Stevens that Frankie's husband had gone missing. Frankie thinks her vanished spouse is somewhere in Barcelona and asks Cassandra to find him. Cassandra obliges and in the course of her search encounters a foot therapist names April Schauer, a sax layer supposedly from Prague, seedy bars in Barcelona's red-light district, dreamlike gardens of Parc Guell, and high adventure in a madcap mystery where appearances are deceptive and surprises are the order of the day. Gaudi Afternoon is a superbly crafted and energetically written mystery that will fully satisfy even the most demanding devotees of the genre.
Interesting 16 Feb 2014
By Annette Gisby - Published on Amazon.com
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Cassandra Reilly is a Spanish translator, working on an epic South American novel when she gets a call from her friend, Lucy, whose other friend Frankie is in a bit of a pickle.

Frankie's ex-husband Ben has absconded to Barcelona and Frankie needs to see him to sign some urgent paperwork, but she doesn't speak a word of Spanish. Cassandra is reluctant at first, but the money Frankie offers is too good to be true and it would be no hardship for Cassandra to finish the translation of the book in Spain.

But as it turns out, Frankie didn't tell her the whole truth and Cassandra, like the reader takes a while to figure it all out.

The pages just flew by, Ms. Wilson's writing flowed so well. It's not a murder mystery, but more asking the questions - who are we? And do how other people see us define who we are or who we would like to be? There is genderbending aplenty in this novel, with mistaken identies and mistaken genders galore, which lost a bit of its sparkle after the third of fourth time it happened.

Some things were a bit dated, such as cameras with film which needed to be devoloped rather than digital, which most people would use nowadays. I suppose professional photographers might still use film for some things, but Cassandra was definitely not a photographer.

I've never been to Barcelona, but the author described it so well that I almost think I have been. It was a fun, light-hearted read despite some of the subject matter and the parts of the other novel Cassandra was translating were hilarious. I was very disappointed though near the end, when the secret of Raoul's black bag was about to be revealed, and Cassandra's briefcase got stolen so we never found out and neither did Cassandra.

An enjoyable jaunt with a very likeable narrator and I just adored Carmen, the Spanish hairdresser who is Cassandra's on-again/off-again lover, she was just so vivid and vivacious.

Review copy from Netgalley courtesy of the publisher.
A unique and illuminating mystery 14 Nov 2013
By Bill Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Blurred genders and roles make this mystery unusual and at once mystifying and illuminating. Not a murder mystery, but a variant of a child snatching by one member of a divorced couple. Hired to first find a husband in Barcelona, then used by others, freelancing and footloose translator Cassandra Reilly attempts to make sense out of who is right, or if any are right, for their six year old, while seeing old loves and possibly new ones as well.

This is a unique and enlightening mystery - and partly what all human beings encounter at some point in lives - who are we? Do our gender roles define us? If so, need they?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun, quick read 21 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book for a dollar at a local Brown Elephant second-hand store. I bought it because I've vacationed in Barcelona, and I was enchanted by the city. Happily, this book really brought back memories of Barcelona, and was a fun, fast-paced, entertaining read. For a good time, read Gaudi Afternoon!
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