Death Comes in Through the Kitchen

Teresa Dovalpage

ISBN: 9781616958848

Published: March, 2018

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Hardcover $25.95

Teresa Dovalpage

New Mexico

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Description

Set in Havana during the Black Spring of 2003, a charming but poison-laced culinary mystery reveals the darker side of the modern Revolution, complete with authentic Cuban recipes

Havana, Cuba, 2003: Matt, a San Diego journalist, arrives in Havana to marry his girlfriend, Yarmila, a 24-year-old Cuban woman whom he firs...

Set in Havana during the Black Spring of 2003, a charming but poison-laced culinary mystery reveals the darker side of the modern Revolution, complete with authentic Cuban recipes

Havana, Cuba, 2003: Matt, a San Diego journalist, arrives in Havana to marry his girlfriend, Yarmila, a 24-year-old Cuban woman whom he first met through her food blog. But Yarmi isn’t there to meet him at the airport, and when he hitches a ride to her apartment, he finds her lying dead in the bathtub.

With Yarmi’s murder, lovelorn Matt is immediately embroiled in a Cuban adventure he didn’t bargain for. The police and secret service have him down as their main suspect, and in an effort to clear his name, he must embark on his own investigation into what really happened. The more Matt learns about his erstwhile fiancée, though, the more he realizes he had no idea who she was at all—but did anyone?

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“A rich and perceptive portrayal of daily life in Cuba.”
—Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
“[A] piquant coming-of-age novel.”
—O Magazine
“Amusing, observant . . . Dovalpage’s sense of place and devastating depiction of prejudice in 1980s Cuba make this a worthwhile debut.”
—The Miami Herald
“In her debut crime novel, Teresa Dovalpage delivers her signature sass and bawdy wit, while rendering a bittersweet portrayal of Cuba in the last years of Castro’s reign.”
–Lorraine M. López, author of Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories and The Darling
“You've never read a mystery like this one! In Dovalpage's Cuba, love, murder, food and politics form a deliciously dark and funny stew.”
–Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels and The Living Infinite on Death Comes in Through the Kitchen
“The parade of colorful characters helps Dovalpage paint a vivid portrait of late Castro-era Cuba.”
–Kirkus Reviews
“[Dovalpage] creates a mélange of clashing cultures, multilayered deception, even traditional Cuban recipes, that are both entertainment and a revealing exposé of how a strangled society bypasses laws to survive, and dare to enjoy, daily life.”
–Booklist