The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar s Opera IN BEAUTIFUL CRUMBLING OLD Havana detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage He doesn t yet know that it s dead in the water much like the little Cuban boy last see

  • Title: The Beggar's Opera
  • Author: Peggy Blair
  • ISBN: 9780143186427
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • IN BEAUTIFUL, CRUMBLING OLD Havana, detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage He doesn t yet know that it s dead in the water, much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malec n.For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, arresting Ellis isn t the problem the laIN BEAUTIFUL, CRUMBLING OLD Havana, detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will save his troubled marriage He doesn t yet know that it s dead in the water, much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malec n.For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, arresting Ellis isn t the problem the law is He has only seventy two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving the island And Ramirez has his own troubles He s dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother, an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of his unsolved cases As he races against time, the dead haunt his every step First in a new series featuring Inspector Ramirez, The Beggar s Opera exposes the bureaucracy, corruption, and beauty of Hemingway s Havana.

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    1. I was going to give this book a three star but I enjoyed the twists at the end so much that it moved it up to four. The action takes place in Havana, Cuba, and involves what I think are several main characters, despite what the title says. Yes Inspector Ramirez gets the headlines but Celia Jones and Doctor Aspiro have very important roles and could be considered protagonists.The book has a fascinating description of Cuban Law, food and life under the Castro regime and also has some beautiful des [...]

    2. ספר מתח טוב, לא תמיד סגור על עצמו, אבל מאד מעניין, בעיקר בשל התרחשותו בקובה, שם מערכת המשפט והחוק מושחתת, והעולם הנחשף בפנינו מרתק ממש. גם עלילת המתח מעניינת וכתובה בכישרון. מומלץ.

    3. This is the first Inspector Ricardo Ramirez mystery and it begins with the death of his grandmother, when he is only nine years old. She passes to him, "my gift to you, as the eldest child." Her gift is the ability to see the dead and, indeed, as the Inspector in charge of the Havana Major Crimes Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police, Ramirez is constantly followed by the victims of the crimes he is investigating. As well as the dead, Ramirez is aided by his subordinate, Detective Rodr [...]

    4. *** Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog Real, captivating and ultimately moving, The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair is a significant addition to the murder mystery genre. It's a poignant and brutally honest story that paints a truly harrowing picture of poverty, abuse, corruption and abominable living conditions in Hemingway's Havana. It's dark, disturbing, thought-provoking, and heart-poundingly thrilling. Not by any means an easy-to-digest book, but one absolutely worth reading nevertheless [...]

    5. Book #1 in the Inspector Ramirez Mystery series.I was drawn to this one for two reasons. The first is pretty shallow but I really, really love this cover and it drew me in. I just think it's one of the best covers I've seen in a long time. The second reason was the mention in the blurb that the main character, Inspector Ramirez, can see the ghosts of unsolved murder victims. I'm in!The fact that it's a police procedural set in Cuba was also a draw for me. I know not the first thing about Cuba so [...]

    6. I loved it. I have never been to Cuba and now feel I have an understanding of the culture and challenges Cubans face.On top of that, a brilliant, fast paced mystery with a Detective you cheer for, cry with and hope so desperately he solves the crime.A book I wanted to read cover to cover in one sitting, but it had to happen over three evenings with reading well past my bedtime!I loved this novel.

    7. I was hesitant to even give this book 2 stars, but the propulsive story behind the mystery deserved it. However, the mystery was jus about the only thing I did enjoy about this book. Beyond that, I found it to be a book that was confused as to exactly what it wanted to be: a murder mystery, a love letter to Cuba, a book about the political (and sexual) culture of Cuba, an examination of individual sexuality, or a ghost story. The dialogue often felt forced and unrealistic - I had a hard time rea [...]

    8. Loved the setting - Old Havana, Cuba - hated the crime that Inspector Ramirez had to investigate - a young boy killed - Mike Ellis, a Canadian cop, on holiday with his wife, who just might be the killer, but he can't remember - and a story filled with so many twists and turns and such an unlikely ending - it just goes to show that even the best investigator has a hard time finding out what really happened. I probably should have bumped this up to 4 stars based on the story and the parts about cr [...]

    9. Nothing will make you fall in love with old Havana more this book. From the pages of this book you can almost feel the heat of the sun, the breeze of the wind and that cool taste of mojito. If only to hide the secrets that the city holds, deep insideep inside each and every one of us there is a secret we will hold until escaping from it you just run right into it. Beautiful tale of crime, prejudice and a fight for survival.

    10. Best thriller that I have read. Peggy Blair is a new name to watch out for. I can't wait for Peggy to write her next book. Mike a canadian police officer goes to crumbling Old Havana to help save his troubled marriage. A little Cuban boy begs them for a few Pesos. Mike gives the the little boy some Pesos, when the little boy hug's mike. Mike and his wife hillary have an argument. Hillary leaves Havana and mike decides to stay in Havana.Inspector Ramirez finds a dead Cuban little boy in the ocean [...]

    11. Struggling through this.75% finished, and am hoping for a satisfying ending to help me over the fact that Ms Blair's writing style is pedantic and too Canadian.Oked now.a couple of surprises at the end, but still a "mehhhhh" rating.

    12. Strong police procedural set in contemporary Cuba starring the ingenious and insightful Inspector Ricardo Ramirez with an engaging supporting cast of colleagues and family.

    13. good murder mystery read - set in contemporary Havana. Not really my genre but having been to Havana I was interested in the setting would like to read more of this Canadian writer's books.

    14. Loved the mystery with the back drop of Cuba. Sounds like it was well researched. The book was a page turner and I finished it in a day. Can't wait to read the next book and learn more about the characters.

    15. An exciting roller coaster of a mystery, delving into Havanna's seamy side. Populated with interesting characters who I will look forward to meeting again.

    16. ExcellentThis was a lovely tale. Although dark in many ways set against the interesting backdrop of Cuba it's exotic and well worth while.

    17. Great story, well written and has interesting characters. The plot has many turns and ends with several flourishes. A very enjoyable read.

    18. Peggy Blair worked as a Canadian lawyer for over thirty years, on both sides of the fence - defense and prosecution. A Christmas vacation in Havana, Cuba one year "where she watched the bored, young policemen on street corners along the Malecon, visited Hemingway's favourite bars, and learned to make a perfect mojito" provided some great inspiration for her debut fiction novel - The Beggar's Opera.2006. Michael Ellis, a Canadian police detective from Ottawa and his wife Hillary head to Cuba for [...]

    19. I opened my account only to leave a review on this book. I've always loved crime-mystery books ever since reading Sherlock Holmes. Peggy Blair gives the book a vacation-y feel as she describes Havana, the beaches and the beggars. The twists in the book are marvelous and none of them are expected unless you read very closely. Blair gives hints throughout the entirety of the book which foreshadow the amazing twists. I recommend this book 100% to all crime- adventure-mystery lovers.

    20. Inspector Ricardo Ramirez can’t shake the ghosts which tormented his dead grandmother. They follow him everywhere, sending mute messages from beyond the grave. How can he tell his wife and children that he suffers from the same rising dementia? “That policeman should be more careful where he stands,” Ramirez said to the dead woman sitting at the medical examiner Apiro’s desk….She wore a frilly southern-belle dress and a wide white bandana….The several strands of beads around her neck [...]

    21. I read this when it first came out and it is still one of my favourites. It had me hooked and then it threw me for a loop with the twists. Would recommend this one if you love a good procedural that transport you to the sights and sounds of unique locations.

    22. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil LostSet in Old Havana, The Beggar's Opera follows several main characters as they race against time to solve a brutal assault & murder of a young boy. It's Christmas morning when the boy is found in the water, and Inspector Ramirez is heading up the investigation. Ramirez races against the clock to secure an indictment, all while he believes himself to be suffering from the same disease that his grandmother had - seeing the ghosts o [...]

    23. This is a terrific new series with an unlikely setting and protagonist. The setting is modern Cuba. Fidel retired, but nothing has really changed. There are so many highly educated people that they are tripping over one another. Corruption runs rampant. (Did you really expect "socialism" to be any different?) In this debut novel, we meet Inspector Ramirez. Although not that old, he is suffering from hand tremors and delusions. He has been told his grandmother died from a rare form of dementia al [...]

    24. Longtime lawyer, first time mystery author, Peggy Blair introduces Havana police Inspector Ricardo Ramirez in THE BEGGAR’S OPERA (ISBN 978-0143186427, trade paperback, $16.00). The story is set in Havana, Cuba between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, 2007.Ramirez heads the Major Crimes Unit in a beautiful but crumbling tropical city. He is afraid he that he is dying of dementia because his beloved Grandmother died from that disease and he thinks he has the early symptoms. Ghosts of murder victi [...]

    25. I've had this book in my TBR list for quite a while and for some reason never got around to reading it but when I saw Peggy Blair's "Hungry Ghosts" on the shortlist for the 2016 Arthur Ellis awards I thought I better read the start of the series. I am glad I did and I enjoyed this read although there are quite a few things about it that have caused me to downrate it somewhat. I'd actually rate this a 2.5 rounded up to 3. I liked some of the characters pretty well such as Inspector Ramirez and Ce [...]

    26. It's Ian Rankin we have to thank for this intriguing debut by Canadian lawyer turned crime writer Peggy Blair. Released in North America under the title 'The Beggars' Opera', the book had been shortlisted for the Debut Dagger, so the author made the effort to go to Harrogate. Depressed by her failure to win, in the hotel bar in Harrogate she met Ian Rankin, who had just returned from a trip to Ottawa. A short chat later, she found herself with a recommendation for an agent and just a few weeks l [...]

    27. Review of The Beggar's Opera, the debut novel by Canadian author, Peggy Blair.The Beggar's Opera, like its namesake (an 18th century English satirical opera), tackles the themes of politics, poverty and injustice. The Cuban setting is atmospheric and haunting, and although I have never personally been to Cuba, I found the descriptions of Havana had an authentic feel, and were at once alluring and disturbing. Peggy Blair's taut, brisk prose moves the story along quickly, and the twists and turns [...]

    28. A fast-paced crime novel set in Old Havana with a large cast of characters making up the list of witnesses, suspects and investigators. There are multiple mysteries and many secrets woven into the story. This is an ambitious novel that for the most part hits the mark. At its core the crime is a brutal rape (of a child) and his murder. In the process we meet a dwarf (and a tip of the hat to Russian literature and its connections to Cuba) gay men, transgendered, prostitutes, a scarred-faced canadi [...]

    29. Quote prior to prologue:"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell.It only took me to page 5 to get the first connection to this!I first heard of this book (or paid attention, anyway) when I got a link to the 2012 CBC Bookies Awards cbc/books/2012/03/the-s from the blog of author Louise Penny, whose book 'A Trick of the Light' was also nominated (I voted for her book - the only one of the 5 Thriller, Mystery or Crime novels listed.) But whe [...]

    30. Fantastically well-woven story. Several plot and subplot threads delicately and intelligently woven. An eccentric cast: the "I see dead people" inspector, the eager 2nd in command, the incredibly sharp dwarf coroner, the tragic foreigner caught in an unbelievable situation and the astute lawyer tasked with saving the day. All have back stories and secrets which are gradually revealed, providing us with layered, rich, human and often dark characters set against the destitute, corrupt, unjust and [...]

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