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Peggy Blair brings back Mike Ellis and his wife Hilary in this second book of the Inspector Ramirez series This time there This is the second novel to feature Inspector Ricardo Ramirez following on from Midnight in Havana also published under the title The Beggar s Opera The Poisoned Pawn is very much a seuel and features many of the characters that appeared in the first novel so it does help if you have read that first In the first novel Inspector Ramirez was investigating the assault and murder of a street child His main suspect was a Canadian police officer Mike Ellis This book begins with the return to Canada of his wife Hillary Ellis and her sudden death on the flight home to Canada Ramirez is due to travel to Canada in order to escort back a Catholic priest arrested on child abuse charges While there

he meets up 
meets up lawyer Celia Jones who travelled to Havana to represent Mike Ellis Despite the fact that he was in custody when his wife died her mother is accusing him of the crime Meanwhile back in Cuba another woman dies suddenly with similar symptoms to those experienced by Hillary and Ramirez has to help pathologist Hector Apiro discover the link before there are any victims As in the first book Ricardo Ramirez sees the hosts of the victims of cases he is investigating In this case the ghost of a cigar lady who has been left with a knife in her chest and who of a cigar lady who has been left with a knife in her chest and who trails him around as though accusing him of not working hard enough on her behalf There are many strands to the plot of this book and many which carry on from the first novel This however is turning into a rich and rewarding series The scenes set in Cuba are atmospheric and there are a British Jihadism good cast of characters around Ramirez toive the series depth His reactions to visiting Canada emphasise the differences and challenges he faces His investigations are hampered by a lack of almost every necessary piece of euipment and constant bureaucracy Astounded by the amount of technology food advertising and the cold Ramirez struggles to understand this new world but is always capable of adapting If you are looking for an intelligent well written crime series with an exotic location and Virgin Widow great characters you will enjoy this Inspector Ramirez is a man ofreat integrity and intelligence and I look forward to reading novels featuring him and Hector Apiro This mystery novel s plot moves back and forth between Ottawa and Cuba but the series is around Inspector Ramirez a Cuban policeman Definitely page turning I read this book in one sittingA Canadian woman whose has made a pivotal decision in her life falls fatally ill on the flight returning from her Cuban vacation Her husband a Canadian policeman is held up in Cuba and doesn t make it home until after her deathBack in Cuba a body is found that has Inspector Ramirez curious Some of the circumstances seem to indicate a tie to Santeria but it takes some time to identify the victim and lead the team in the right direction Ramirez has the ability or the misfortune to see Wife in Exchange ghosts Ever since he began working homicide thehosts of his victims follow him The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, giving clues to their fate until he uncovers the truth One of hisood friends is the plastic surgeon and pathologist Hector Apiro a dwarf with insight and intellectual abilities that often help point Ramirez in the right direction on a caseNow Ramirez is pulled away from this case and Night And Day given unprecedented permission to travel to Canada to bring back a priest who is suspected of ties to child sexual abuse After he leaves leaving the young detective Espinoza in charge of the case and headway is made But also back in Cuba two women die in suspicious circumstances and with one of them also being Canadian the Canadianovernment is considering a travel advisory Can Ramirez and his team bring enough information together to prevent this from happeningThere are lots of things oing on in this mystery from the larger issue of Catholic Church involvement in sanctioned pedophelia to domestic strife We see the realities of life for ordinary Cuban people just trying to live in a simple healthy way and the temptations of the underground economy and corruption Ramirez is an interesting man thoughtful and observant ethical and yet also pragmatic A man who cares about his family his friends and his country I look forward to learning about him There are many reasons I ive The Poisoned Pawn a 5 star rating According to this rating means I loved it and I did Here are a few of my favourite things about the bookThe writing is clear informative and yet descriptive The plot is complex with many twists and une. 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 ma. The Poisoned Pawn

Peggy Blair ☆ 7 SUMMARY

Ded to the Web to investigate furtherThe Poisoned Pawn was such a satisfying read on so many levels I will be eagerly awaiting the next in this series This is Blair s second book that features Ramirez and Apiro in Cuba It starts almost immediately after the end of A Beggar s Banuet It starts promisingly with a dying Canadian woman and a dead old lady in Havana Unfortunately it veers off very uickly after that Ms Blair seems to have a few issues that she likes to air mistreatment of First Nations child abuse by the Catholic priests and she doesn t waste time in The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid getting to them The middle of the bookets Lost In These Areas And in these areas and is difficult to remember that you are supposed to be in a murder mystery Since Ramirez is in Ottawa this time in January we do not Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys get the pleasure of basking in Cuban sun Eventually weet do back to solving crimes but once again the ending becomes difficult to believe with far too many complications Disappointing and frustrating Ramirez and Apiro are interesting but the plots are too serpentine Sometimes second novels disappoint This is clearly not the case with The Poisoned Pawn Peggy Blair s seuel to The Beggar s Opera It s had a ton of reviews in the press in all the right places and Blair seems to have hit all the right buttons with reviewersIt begins with a really well done weaving of the new narrative with the old The 48 hours of Pawn reach back to the 72 hours of Opera and the threads in the two books join seamlessly The author is relaxed in her writing in this second book and it moves along smoothly step by flawless stepBlair has Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, given herself time constraints in both books 2 and 3 days for her inspector Ricardo Ramirez to find out and figure out a lot of stuff TBO was set in Cuba TPP is set in both Canada and Cuba and this allows for some stark contrasts and striking similarities between the two countriesThrough the inspector s eyes we see an embarassingly rich Canada with its surplus of luxuries not merely necessities In Cuba Ramirez can t access the simplest of supplies to conduct even a rudimentary police investigation Through his eyes also we see our democratic society flawed but with its emphasis on individual rightsRamirez is on a mission that centers around the most shameful fact of life in both countries rampant pedophilia and most particularly priestly pedophilia Both countries share the further shame of their treatment of indigenous peoplesThis is a mystery story not a political polemic but these serious issues are part of the story And Blair tells her story well while still making her point A mighty fine read Thehosts sort of float around in my head as I read Blair s beautifully detailed look at a crime that needs to be solved Her characters begin to become part of your life while reading and hoping my favorite ones are not Life Changing Smiles guilty Keeps youuessing and turning the pages as fast as my eyes can read I have been thinking of bringing a flashlight to bed so I can read and not wake up my husband as he sleeps Blair leads the reader through the streets of Havana and Ottawa like a cat on the prowl You never know what you are Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, going to see at the next corner The trio of the tails of Inspector Ramirez s life and job mix with the culture as smooth as sliding on a wet plastic sheet in the heat at a park in summer The stories thehosts tell without saying a word is spooky but not scary By the beginning of the second book The Poisoned Pawn the dead folk seem to belong You Only a Whisper get so you can smell Havana and feel the tensionrowing as the Inspector travels to Ottawa Blair reminds us all that is simple is only a window to what hides behind the curtains She can spin a tale Worth the time worth the cost even worth losing a wee bit of sleep to read on into the dawn The Poisoned Pawn picked up where The Beggar s Opera left off If you didn t read the first novel o back and read it before taking on this one There are intertwining plots the death of a Canadian tourist on a plane on it s way from Cuba back home to Canada and the death of an old woman dressed in white who may be a practitioner of Santeria Inspector Ricardo Ramirez is also sent to Canada as A Cuban Police Emissary Cuban police emissary bring back a priest who was found in possession of child pornography on his laptop depictions of Cuban children among them The Inspector is still haunted by the hosts of the dead and his friend Dr Apiro the coroner figures prominently throughout The misdeeds of Catholic priests in the Cuban orphanages the residential schools in Canada and in other countries and the corruption of officials is another ongoing theme Well done Peggy Blai. Laptop full of child pornography Ramírez 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 aga. ,

Xpected turns Blair touches on very dark subjects which is something I personally love about the mysterypolice procedural enre Authors can highlight social justice love about the mysterypolice procedural enre Authors can highlight social justice without depressing the reader because in most novels the bad Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide guyset their just dessertsAs a Canadian I was particularly interested in Inspector Ramirez s pe The mixture of mystery and knowledge sharing continues in this series by Peggy Blair It is a true art to be able to combine intriguing fictitious murders with the realities of the shameful treatment and Plain Jane The Hotshot genocide of Canada s First Nations The Cuban detective Ramirez is skillful and introduces the reader to therim life of Cubans in the course of conversing with the dead and solving murders This book is uniue in the series as Ramirez has a job related trip to Canada in the winter His perspective of my fine nation was interesting the dog in its coat and booties the similarities of water safety issues within Canada and Cuba the horrendous waste of food in Canada and the overwhelming availability of everything A central roup of characters continue in this series and of them all I have formed a close connection to Charlie Pike a policeman who tenderly watches over the homeless old man Peggy Blair introduced readers to Inspector Ricardo Ramirez of the Havana Major Crimes Unit last year with her first novel The Beggar s Opera I loved it my review and so did a lot of other folks It was the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader s Choice Winner the CBC Bookie Award Winner for Best Canadian Crime Novel and was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger AwardNeedless to say I was very eager to pick up the second book The Poisoned Pawn Did it live up to the first Absolutely and I was delighted to find that the book literally picked up where the first book left off I had thought there was to the story and other avenues to explore and I was right In The Poisoned Pawn Hillary the wife of Michael Ellis the Canadian cop suspected of horrific crimes in Cuba is flying home to Ottawa She becomes extremely ill on the plane and dies But what killed her Ramirez is also headed to Canada sent by his superiors to pick up a Catholic priest being returned to Cuba to face charges for sex crimes against Cuban children But back in Cuba two other women die in circumstances exactly like Hillary Ramirez is under pressure from many factionsThere are so many things to like about Blair s novels For me the biggest draw is the characters Ramirez is one of the last few honest cops left on Havana s force although he does borrow rum from the evidence locker He s dogged and determined and deftly weaves his way through the political mire of the department and country to achieve results Ramirez also sees the dead A victim s host will attach itself to Ricardo until he manages to solve the death But I enjoy his friend and colleague pathologist Dr Hector Apiro just as much Apiro s mind is brilliant and his personal storyline is both uniue and movingThe setting in Cuba continues to fascinate me The descriptions of what is not there soap meat and the limitations placed on the citizens the city and land as well as the customs and culture Voodoo Santeria and In juxtaposition Ramirez s introduction to Canada at the Ottawa airport is an eye openerThey walked past a store with maple sugar candy a display of bright art painted on canvas Another store sold purses brief cases scarves and ties Ramirez already felt overwhelmed He WONDERED HOW CANADIANS COULD PICK OUT WHAT TO WEAR how Canadians could pick out what to wear day with so many choices In Cuba most stores had only a rack or two of wares the other shelves were empty Even in Havana the bodegas Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed generally had only one brand of cannedoods If they had anything to sell at allRamirez watched servers do the unthinkable scrape leftovers into the Girls Night Out garbage It was all he could do to restrain himself from running over torab their hands to plead with them to stop the wasteThe title The Poisoned Pawn is a chess move A player places a pawn where it can be easily captured If the other player takes the bait his own men are exposed to attack Bu the ploy is risky because it can player takes the bait his own men are exposed to attack Bu the ploy is risky because it can both sides weaknessesBut few chess Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) games are ever perfectBlair s plotting resembles an intricate chessame as well She has come up with an inventive multi layered plot that kept me Into the Wild (The McGraws, guessing as to where the next move would beBlair also weaves social commentary into her novel with sharp pointed and timely commentary touching on the Catholic Church Canadian First Nations and residential schools in both Cuba and Canada She also includes historical references that had me hea. In suspect Meanwhile Inspector Ramírez 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

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