Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Peggy Blair. The Beggar's Opera.

Second selection for the Hawthorne Book Club. Peggy Blair is an Ottawa-based writer, former lawyer, who writes about crime and police inspector Ramirez in Havana, Cuba. I was interested in exploring this setting and the novel does not disappoint. Although it is told from the Canadian tourist perspective, we still get a lot about Cuba, the economy, the different laws, etc. And how so much of the crime comes from outside the island. A complicated plot centering around the death of a beggar boy, pedophilia, marital discord, and secrets, the twists kept me reading for both the surprises and the resolutions. Will definitely want to read the next installments. 

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