Nice way to start the new year! The Poisoned Pawn will be hitting the US market next month (and will also be out in paperback in Canada). So it was very nice to see this starred review in Library Journal under Mystery Reviews today (and extremely flattering to be compared to Louise Penny!):
Blair, Peggy. The Poisoned Pawn: An Inspector Ramirez Novel. Pintail. Mar. 2014. 328p. ISBN 9780143189763. pap. $16. M
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.]