on 13 February 2011
Teresa Solana's second novel, featuring the engaging investigating
twins Borja and Eduard, is a marvellously original and funny romp.
Marina Dolc,a best-selling Catalan romantic novelist is bludgeoned
to death in her hotel room,with the literary trophy she has just
won.Amadeu Cabestany,an envious fellow-writer,who thinks he should
have won the trophy,is arrested and suspected of the murder.The
twins are hired by the suspect's literary agent to prove Cabestany's
innocence.They amusingly bumble their way to the conclusion with a
mixture of luck,serendipity and intuition.
Yet,with Solana,it is not so much the plot that captivates,rather
the relentless,clever and witty satire.No one is immune from her
lampoons ,nothing escapes her gentle telling satire.
A wonderful read.
on 21 December 2015
The award winning author of bodice-ripping novels is bludgeoned to death in her luxury hotel suite but there just aren't any clues to her murderer. The police arrest a pompous literary rival. The only problem is we know he could not possibly have committed the heinous crime. The discrete "private consultants", Borja and Eduard are hired to resolve the mystery.
This is a light hearted crime thriller with a wide cast of eccentric characters set amongst Barcelona's cultural elite. British readers perhaps need an insider knowledge of Catalan society to appreciate how much of the novel is intended as satire. The book is well written and entertaining; the section about the rumour mill in Barcelona's prison made me laugh out loud. The humour though does not dilute the originality of the plot. I have now read books 1 and 2 of this series and am sure I'll enjoy book 3.