A round-up of Canadian press book reviews of The Beggar’s Opera!

I thought I’d do a round-up of the amazing book reviews that The Beggar’s Opera has received from media around the country so far. I’m really grateful: these are awesome!

“World-building is crucial to The Beggar’s Opera, the impressive debut novel from Peggy Blair. The book itself unfolds with an artless ease: the investigation and its developments are both compelling and convincing, a genuinely mysterious mystery that manages to both surprise and maintain its internal integrity.” The National Post

“An impressive police procedural, one that is as much about a detective facing his own dementia-induced demons as a country in the midst of political turmoil. The Beggar’s Opera was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger Award, and it’s easy to see why.”  Quill & Quire

“The Beggar’s Opera does not disappoint. It’s fast-paced, atmospheric, has unusual characters and delivers surprises right to the final pages.” The Ottawa Citizen

“Old school or new, the essential test for any mystery novel is that it read downhill, forcing us to keep turning the pages faster as we come to the end. The Beggar’s Opera does this, and adds quirky leads, an exotic setting, and not one, not two, but at least three twists at the end (saving the best for last). It’s a great start for the series.” The Toronto Star

 “The Beggar’s Opera pays loving and detailed homage to the unique beauty of the island nation, and creates, at last, a popular Cuban hero. Ricardo Ramirez, head of the major crimes unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police, could easily invade and captivate international crime television…. There are enough strong characters, dazzling locations and subplots in Blair’s book to sustain more than one season of thrillers.”  The Winnipeg Free Press

 “Canadian author Peggy Blair has written a fast-paced, well-plotted mystery set in Havana, a city falling apart mainly because of United States economic sanctions but still seductive. One can only hope Blair, a lawyer for 30 years and former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, continues her career as a crime writer as well as she has begun.” The Vancouver Sun

 Full of atmosphere. The Beggar’s Opera is a debut novel with a twisted climax, revealing dialogue and astute social observation on how far apart we are from Cuba and yet how close.” The Hamilton Spectator

“A nuanced account of the struggles of two men to comprehend the sudden and unexpected turns in their complex lives. Blair nicely strings the reader along, casting doubt on what’s real and what’s imaginary, while serving up a tale that combines a penetrating commentary on Cuban life with a whodunit full of twists and turns … readers can look forward to following the further exploits of the enigmatic Cuban police detective.”  The Sherbrooke Record

“Blair, an Ottawa lawyer and former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, makes a splendid fictional debut with the first in the Ramirez series…. Blair’s riveting, gritty tale is so realistic, it may give readers nightmares about landing in legal trouble while in another country.” The Chronicle Herald

“A gritty, absorbing read. Looking back, you can see how skilfully the author has crafted her story, even to the last surprise. Peggy Blair has a future ahead of her as a mystery writer but topping this book will be a challenge.” The Millstone

“This is as exciting a crime novel as you will read this year — and one that places Cuba, a Canadian choice of destinations, squarely in the sights of a writer who describes the country in detail… Detective work described at its best, well-crafted, suspenseful and exotic.” The Sun Times

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