Death On A Galician Shore Paperback – 3 May 2012
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The rugged coastline of Galicia makes a suitably unsettling setting ... Caldas is an engaging copper -- Marcel Berlins The Times A satisfying read ... a traditional procedural laced with gothic menace -- John O'Connell The Guardian Villar seduced us with his first novel, and now confirms himself as an excellent writer with Death on a Galician Shore. The plotting is as good as his descriptions of maritime life. El Pais A precise portrait of a misty, insular environment, of peaceful people caught up in violence. And a very clever plot. La Vanguardia
* A cleverly plotted, page-turning murder mystery set on the beautiful, rugged coast of Galicia in northwest SpainSee all Product Description
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coast,with his hands tied together,D.I.Leo Caldas,and his
deputy,Estevez are called in from nearby Vigo to investigate.
As it becomes clear that this is not a case of suicide,the
detectives are faced with the traditional Galician reserve
when they making their enquiries,leading to many false trails.
As the plot works itself out at a deliberately yet delightfully
slow pace,it is Galicia itself that almost becomes a main
character ,as we are treated to glimpses of its coastal beauty,
its cuisine,and its distinctive inhabitants.This together with
the inter-play between the two very different detectives ,and a
captivating plot, make for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Beyond that, this was entertaining, with interesting auxilliary characters and asides. It wasn't brutal, as I find some Scandinavian crime books to be, and while the thought-processes of the detective were not detailed, there were enough clues to have a fair idea of what might be happening without laying it on so thick that you know as soon as the character appeared in the book that they done it.
It probably reminded me more of Camilleri's Sicilian series rathen than those of further north.
Definitely worth a punt.
Overall, this is decent without being dazzling. The investigation seems extraordinarily languid - interviews can be done after the weekend, crime scenes can be looked at tomorrow, etc. In reality, the murderer could easily be in Bora Bora before the detectives finish yet another glass of wine. And yet, this is part of its appeal. Galicia seems to be a kind of Spanish Cornwall, and has a whimsical, slightly-off-the-map charm all of its own.
Ideally, I would prefer the detective to have a sharper and more interesting hinterland, and the plot to be a little tighter and with more thoughtful twists. As it is, the novel appears to be the early stages of what might be an enjoyable series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very satisfying gentle read - filling you with the sights and life of a small Spanish townPublished 10 months ago by Mrs. Denise E. J. Best
Was intrigued by the setting of Galicia - that probably less well-known corner of Spain to most English-speaking readers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by smallamazonian
Brilliant, stunning, evocative, eye opening about the area and customs. A must read of a crime no elPublished 17 months ago by Wildfire
Came on to check out whether there is a new Villar yet - bitterly disappointed to find I have to keep waiting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by H
Really well and smartly written, keeps you thinking until the end! Loved it and can't wait for the third in the series!Published on 3 April 2014 by Laura S.
recommended. pretty standard detective novel. the Galician setting is at once exotic and familiar - should just as easily been based in Galway and ConnemaraPublished on 17 Aug. 2013 by Hard to Please
I very much enjoyed this book - short sections/chapters to the point and cleverly linked. I liked the sense of place - Galicia, Spain - and main town of Vigo and the surrounding... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. J. M. Butler
I do love to read new authors in the Eurocrime area, but this one was slow...150 pages in, and the plot and the pace is incredibly slow. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2012 by Crimelover 1904