Juan, a Cuban construction worker who has settled in Albuquerque, returns to Havana for the first time since fleeing Cuba by raft twenty years ago. He is traveling with his American wife, Sharon, and hopes to reconnect with Victor, his best friend from college—and, unbeknownst to Sharon, he also hopes to discover what has become of two ex-girlfriends, Elsa and Rosita.
Juan is surprised to learn that Victor has become Victoria and runs a popular drag show at the local hot spot Café Arabia. Elsa has married a wealthy foreigner, and Rosita, still single, works at the Havana cemetery. When one of these women turns up dead, it will cost Padrino, a Santería priest and former detective on the Havana police force, more than he expects to untangle the group’s lies and hunt down the killer.
Queen of Bones
Author website: https://teredovalpage.com/
Goodreads site: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/1214980.Teresa_Dovalpage
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1966, and lived there until 1996. I went to college in Havana, obtaining a BA in English and an MA in Spanish Literature. After I moved to the United States, I decided to get a Ph.D. (because I am a bookworm) in Hispanic Studies. I currently work as a Spanish and ESL professor at New Mexico Junior College. Queen of Bones is my thirteenth published book, and the second in the Havana Mystery series with Soho Crime. The first one in the series was Death Comes in through the Kitchen, a culinary mystery.
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If appropriate, you can also use quotes from these editorial reviews:
“[An] enticing second Havana mystery...Dovalpage skillfully evokes the lights and shadows of life in Cuba...Vibrant supporting characters such as Padrino, a Santería priest, and Lt. Marlene Martínez, a police detective, lend color. This moving tale of love, loss, greed, and betrayal will also appeal to non-mystery readers.”
"Cuba shines here, as Havana native Dovalpage contrasts its politics and society over a generation, making this a good bet for armchair travelers as well as mystery buffs."
“Deftly unfolding details within the action, she reveals Cuba and its people as rich with fascination and depth . . . Dovalpage's writing hints at the possibility that she will be to Cuba what Donna Leon has become for Venice.”
—New York Journal of Books