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iliana

You know I love crime in foreign lands so this is definitely going on my reading list! :)

Enjoy the first book in the series and you must tell us about it.

Danielle

Iliana--I do, too, and I thought this one was really well done. I liked it at least! :) I can't wait for the first one to come in the mail and will probably start reading right away!

Ed

I have been to Spain but not Galicia. In tourist brochures Galicia is advertised as "Green Spain", which is a way of making a virtue of the fact that it rains a lot, unlike the rest of Spain.

Caroline

Sounds very interesting. I'll have to put it on the wish list. That's a part of Spain I haven't been to. The setting would also be new to me.

Maxine

Excellent review- I enjoyed this book very much too, but I think I enjoyed the first (Water Blue Eyes) even more so I look forward to your take on that. It is a pity that translated crime fiction has such difficulty in getting published in English language - most of what is published is several years (even 10 is not unusual) out of date. We have the same problem in the UK that you mention here - some authors translated only in US editions, eg Helene Tursten and Kjell Erickson, and some of Ake Edwardson, hence we have to buy US editions (and some reviewers find the translations very annoying, eg read the UK Amazon reviews of the first Ake Edwardson book, about the trip to London described in it!).

I did enjoy Death on a Galician Shore very much, but more for its atmosphere, location and characters (especially the relationship between Caldas and his father), rather than the actual plot which was not all that interesting. (As is often the case in crime fiction.)

Annie

When you discover an already established crime series there is always a tension, I think, between starting at the beginning, when the writing is often less mature and the plotting a bit iffy and reading the latest where you may find more satisfactory reading material but have difficulty sorting out the relationships. On balance I prefer the former, so I'm off to see if this writer has anything published in the UK and if I can start at the onset.

litlove

I do love the way you read so widely in your crime fiction, Danielle. This does sound very intriguing and I would never have heard of it without your lovely review. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this author.

José Ignacio

I'm glad you enjoyed this book and it was nice to hear that it seems to be properly translated. It was one of my favourite books last year.

Chelsea

I'm not a huge crime mystery fan, but of the ones I do love, they tend to be internationally set! And boy were you right - Galicia looks like absolute paradise! I'm intrigued by what you describe as the blurring between fact and fiction, and may have to add this book (or, probably more accurately, the one before this) to my TBR pile after all!

Danielle

Ed--I was surprised when I looked up photos of Galicia--I expected Spain to be very dry and you're right it is quite lush looking there! I think I'd like it very much to visit it. Lucky you to have seen it--maybe I'll get there eventually, too.
Caroline--I'd love to see Spain--where have you been? I don't know as much about Spanish history as I should, so now I'll be looking up more books by Spanish authors.
Maxine--I'm really looking forward to reading his first book now. Often first books are not very good, but I still like to start from the beginning. Leo is an interesting character and his relationship with his father was well done--makes me curious to know more, and about Alba, too. The mystery wasn't very complicated but he still surprised me--I was fully expecting it to be very straightforward and he threw in a few loops, which I liked. I like reading crime fiction as much for the social aspect of the story as the mystery--interesting characters or setting or learning about the culture--it's very addicting! I do wish there were more choices, too. From what I have read only a very small percentage of books are translated from other languages into English, which is a pity as there are huge markets for it here and in the UK. I have that Ake Edwardson book, though I've not yet read any reviews, so will check them out--you've made me curious!
Annie--Yes, that's it exactly. It seems that many/most(?) authors need a few books to sort things out and get characters established, but I like seeing how they develop over time, too. When I jump into a series in the middle I am usually trying to figure out who's who and what their relationships to each other are! I'll be going back to the beginning with this one, though.
Litlove--My problem is so many sorts of stories appeal to me so my reading is all over the place. I love being able to "travel" in my reading, so I'll try almost anything when it comes to crime fiction.
José--Domingo Villar was a good find for me--and I agree it was well done. I do wish I could read in another language, but my Spanish isn't good enough for a novel! For me when I don't notice the prose--rather the prose doesn't get in the way of the story then I know it was well done. It just sounded very natural to my ears, so I will have to keep my eye out for more of Sonia Soto's translations.
Chelsea--I think I could read a steady diet of crime fiction and mysteries if I let myself, but it's nice to vary reading, too. Doesn't it look gorgeous there? I want to live in the Pacific Northwest someday, so Galicia looks perfect, too. Do check it out if it appeals--it seems to have gotten some other very good reviews, too!

Caroline

I started in Barcelona, went down along the coast to all the major cities, turned in Granada and went up to Madrid and from there to Cadaqués. Very enjoyable. The cities are so beautiful. I Loved Sevilla and Granada, full of Arabic history. I went back several times since.

Danielle

Caroline--It sounds wonderful. I had not really had a strong desire to travel to Spain--not when there are so many other places to visit, but I am sure I would love it there. I've added it to my list of places I might visit someday! I'd love to go to Sevilla, too. I've seen the Moorish architecture from my art history classes--it's beautiful!

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