The blog tour is over, and a very nice ending it was. Here’s part of what “Curled up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea” had to say about TBO in the last of the blog tour reviews:
“The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair is a fantastic, fast-paced mystery set in the beautiful landscape of Castro’s Cuba. It is engaging, educational and well-researched, full of danger, intrigue, and surprise. This is a novel that will have you immediately wrapped up, wanting to rush to turn the page to find out what happens next yet wanting to slow down to savour every drop of its beauty and richness.
“Cuba comes to life in this book. My husband and I were married in Cuba and it holds a special place in my heart. While we didn’t stay in Havana and did more of the ‘tourist resort thing,’ there were small glimpses of what life is really like for Cubans that were unsettling and difficult to reconcile with Cuba the holiday destination.
“Blair’s book blows these glimpses wide opens and shows exactly what life is like – the embargo, the law system, the free education that trains you for a job that isn’t available, the police corruption, counting soap and pencils as prized possessions … But for all the problems, this book equally shows the beauty of Cuba, its history and most importantly, the Cuban people and their strength and determination.
“And through it all, Blair weaves an incredible mystery, one that paints a shocking picture, a mystery that will have you guessing all the way until the end…
“I personally cannot find fault with this book, it is everything I want my mysteries to be. The only thing more thrilling than this book is the fact that there will be more to come! Not only is this a great mystery read, but it will introduce you to a Cuba you have never known before, the Cuba that very few foreign eyes get to see.”
Lovely, thanks, Shan! Read the whole review here.