The Poisoned Pawn (Inspector Ramirez Series #2)

The Poisoned Pawn (Inspector Ramirez Series #2)

by Peggy Blair
     
 

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The gripping, fast-paced sequel to the critically acclaimed The Beggar’s Opera

Detective Mike Ellis returns home after he is cleared in the death of a young boy while on vacation in Cuba, only to discover that his estranged wife, Hilary, is dead, and that he’s the main suspect. Meanwhile, Inspector Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit

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The gripping, fast-paced sequel to the critically acclaimed The Beggar’s Opera

Detective Mike Ellis returns home after he is cleared in the death of a young boy while on vacation in Cuba, only to discover that his estranged wife, Hilary, is dead, and that he’s the main suspect. Meanwhile, Inspector Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, is dispatched to Ottawa to take custody of a Cuban priest apprehended by authorities while in possession of a laptop full of child pornography. Ramirez will uncover a web of deceit and depravity that extends from the corridors of power in Ottawa to the hallowed halls of the Vatican—and back again.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
When Canadian tourist Hillary Ellis falls into a fatal coma on the flight home from her vacation trip to Cuba, a full-scale investigation opens. Hillary had left Cuba abruptly when her marriage to Ottawa police detective Mike Ellis disintegrated. Coincidentally, Havana's Insp. Ricardo Ramirez is headed to Ottawa for a separate case involving a pedophile Catholic priest being extradited to Cuba. Imagine Ramirez's surprise when he learns of Hillary's death, especially since her husband Mike had been falsely implicated in a recent case while in Cuba. Once again, Mike is under suspicion of committing a heinous crime. Ramirez's familiar companion, a ghost from an unsolved case, guides him through a tangled and sinister web connecting the two countries. Meanwhile, back in Havana, Hector Apiro, a surgeon/pathologist, works feverishly on a case that will eventually intersect with the others. VERDICT Don't miss Blair's sequel to her Ellis Award finalist The Beggar's Opera. Just when you think Blair's dropped a thread, she dazzles anew with her expert plotting. Think Donna Leon or Louise Penny. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/13.]
From the Publisher
"Inspector Ramirez returns in The Poisoned Pawn still guided and haunted by visions of crime victims past ... the story treads dark and nasty territory, but Blair sidesteps the impulse to wallow in graphic violence by sticking to her characters' actions and motivations ... The Poisoned Pawn shows there is a way to hold onto decency and humanity in the face of the worse criminality." - National Post

"An affecting series. Even if impoverished and politically oppressed Havana presents unique burdens, Ramirez is not without a sense of humour as he goes about his clever sleuthing." - Toronto Star

"If you, like me, somehow managed to miss Peggy Blair's debut novel, The Beggar's Opera, then you should read this second book and run out to buy the first. Hopefully there's a third on the way." - The Globe and Mail

"Two crime novels. Two resounding successes. Peggy Blair proves her debut novel, The Beggar's Opera was much, much more than beginner's luck." - Vancouver Sun

"Blair shows a real flair for character. But it's the Cuban story that really makes it sing." - Ottawa Citizen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143189763
Publisher:
Pintail
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Inspector Ramirez Series, #2
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for The Beggar’s Opera:
 
“Decaying but beautiful Havana provides the atmospheric backdrop for Blair’s absorbing debut, the first in a series introducing Ricardo Ramirez.” – Publishers Weekly
 
“Havana is as much a character as the people in Canadian author Blair’s fast-paced story.” – New York Post
 
 

Meet the Author


Peggy Blair, author of the acclaimed thriller The Beggar’s Opera, has been a lawyer for more than thirty years. Blair spent a Christmas in Old Havana, where she watched bored young policemen along the Malecón, visited Hemingway’s favorite bars, and learned to make the perfect mojito. Author websites: peggyblair.com; twitter.com/peggy_blair

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