Queen of Bones

Teresa Dovalpage

ISBN: 9781641290159

Published: November 12, 2019

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Set between Cubas twenty years apart, Havana native Teresa Dovalpage’s latest novel features an unusual detective—an ex-cop turned Santería priest and a familiar face from her critically acclaimed crime fiction debut, Death Comes in through the Kitchen.

Juan, a Cuban construction worker who has settled in...

Set between Cubas twenty years apart, Havana native Teresa Dovalpage’s latest novel features an unusual detective—an ex-cop turned Santería priest and a familiar face from her critically acclaimed crime fiction debut, Death Comes in through the Kitchen.

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.

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“Amusing, observant . . . [A] devastating depiction of prejudice in 1980s Cuba.”
The Miami Herald, on Death Comes in through the Kitchen
“Dovalpage's first crime novel is a well-cooked stew of culture and cuisine . . . [A] stunningly unexpected conclusion.”
The Taos News, on Death Comes in through the Kitchen
“A rich and perceptive portrayal of daily life in Cuba.”
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, on Death Comes in through the Kitchen
“[A] dazzling culinary mystery . . . Those expecting a traditional food cozy will be happily surprised. ”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, on Death Comes in through the Kitchen
“Dovalpage wields her considerable authorial skill in this intricately plotted tale of jealousy, revenge, and the dark side of love. ”
—Isabella Maldonado, award–winning author of the Veranda Cruz mysteries, for Queen of Bones
Queen of Bones is a fast-paced, richly layered tour de force. The twists, turns, and santería rituals that abound in this complex noir will please crime readers and armchair travelers alike. Bravo, Teresa Dovalpage! Encore!”
—Lucha Corpi, author of the Gloria Damasco mysteries