The Dog on the Roof [NOOK Book]

Overview

It is not enough that Doña Milly, elderly owner of Casa Colonial, must tame a houseful of difficult guests -- she also must solve multiple murders and help Zapotec villagers fight off a homicidal giant who laces his size eighteen tennies with purple shoelaces. On top of that, an irritating watchdog starts barking her awake twice every night from his post on the roof of the house next door. Paco and Amelia, a gentle Zapotec couple who finds a fashionably-dressed dead man in their corn field -- Inocencio, Doña ...
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The Dog on the Roof

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Overview

It is not enough that Doña Milly, elderly owner of Casa Colonial, must tame a houseful of difficult guests -- she also must solve multiple murders and help Zapotec villagers fight off a homicidal giant who laces his size eighteen tennies with purple shoelaces. On top of that, an irritating watchdog starts barking her awake twice every night from his post on the roof of the house next door. Paco and Amelia, a gentle Zapotec couple who finds a fashionably-dressed dead man in their corn field -- Inocencio, Doña Milly's sidekick and the manager of Casa Colonial -- Rodolfo Sanchez, a retired gangster from Mexico City -- and various hotel guests -- make up the colorful cast of characters. Kindly, pragmatic Doña Milly, Oaxaca's Miss Marple, guides them all with energy, warmth, and an irrepressible sense of humor.
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Editorial Reviews

Clint E. Smith
"Mary Madsen Hallock's sympathy and deep understanding of Oaxaca and its people provide the background for this exciting new mystery series."
Jake Fuchs
"A well-written novel with an exciting plot. Oaxaca is described with a rich authenticity seldom found in mystery or other fiction. Hallock's characters are hard to forget."
Jaqueline Grinder
"The Dog on the Roof brings a small village in the valley of Oaxaca to bright and witty life as Doña Milly and the courageous families of the village fight evil among the cornfields in this well-crafted and engaging debut adventure."
Publisher's Weekly
"The Dog on the Roof, Mary Madsen Hallock's lighthearted debut, features an assortment of temperamental tourists, Zapotec farmers and Mexico City gangsters trying to coerce those farmers to grow marijuana."
Sarah Andrews
"Hallock's crisp storytelling and smooth, elegant prose unlock a secret doorway into the lives of Mexico's traditional Zapotec Indians as they and their American friend, Doña Milly, thread a maze of quirky tourists and other deadly commerce of the modern world. Don't miss it!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013235656
  • Publisher: Mary Hallock
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: A Casa Colonial Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 603,348
  • File size: 613 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Madsen Hallock has spent most of her life in California, but fell in love with the huge Colonial city of Oaxaca when is was still a sleepy provincial capital of some twelve thousand souls. Ten years later she became owner of the real Casa Colonial and led more than fifty groups of tourists to the area. She now resides in Santa Rosa, California, and is hard at work on more novels in the Casa Colonial mystery series. She is still in regular contact with her Zapotec friends in Oaxaca.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    A Cultural Whammy

    I was delighted and entertained by this light, yet culturally packed book. Quite provocative. Ms Hallock takes you on a ride that includes interesting characters who must deal in a world in which the help they should be able to count on, is as dangerous as the horrible situation which presents itself. Thus, these folks are forced to use their own wits and rely on one another. It is obvious that Ms. Hallock understands the Zapotec people. Their lives are much different from the more classical Mexican population, much more impoverished. But they are just as proud and insistant upon making a good life for themselves and their children, even when faced with murder and mayham. The book has mystery, fun, and for me a facinating insight into a part of the world and a people, who, in dealing with life "in the raw," show humor and ingenuity. They taught me much and set me to thinking of how I would have responded under the same circumstances. The main character is an American woman, kind but determined, snappy but introspective. I look forward to her, and her compatriot's, next adventure!

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