Author – Teresa Dovalpage
Teresa Dovalpage is a Cuban transplant now firmly rooted in New Mexico. She was born in Havana and now lives in Hobbs, where she is a Spanish and ESL professor at New Mexico Junior College.
She has published nine novels and three collections of short stories. Her English-language novels are A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004), Habanera, a Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010), and Death Comes in Through the Kitchen (Soho Crime, 2018), a culinary mystery with authentic Cuban recipes.
Her novellas Las Muertas de la West Mesa (The West Mesa Murders, based on a real event), Sisters in Tea/ Hermanas en Té and Death by Smartphone/ Muerte por Smartphone were published in serialized format by Taos News.
In her native Spanish she has authored the novels Muerte de un murciano en La Habana (Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain), El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009), Posesas de La Habana (Haunted ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), La Regenta en La Habana (Edebe Group, Spain, 2012), Orfeo en el Caribe (Atmósfera Literaria, Spain, 2013), and El retorno de la expatriada (The Expat’s Return, Egales, Spain, 2014).
Social Media Links –
Blog In English: https://teredovalpage.com/
Blog in Spanish: https://teresadovalpage.com/
Publisher – Soho Press
The Blurb – 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 realises he had no idea who she was at all – but did anyone?
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Death Comes in Through The Kitchen. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to review.
My thoughts – This is a really interesting mystery set in Cuba. Apart from being a good read, I found the history and use of language added to the authenticity of the book. I know nothing about Cuba and its history and this book gave a small insight into the country.
This is highlighted by the recipes that are included in the book, these appear as posts on Yamila’s blog. This was a really good touch and in the context of the story added another layer.
The story starts as Matt arrives in Cuba to meet Yamila, the girl he believes he is going to marry. When she doesn’t arrive at the airport to meet him, he thinks nothing of it. Later that day his dreams are shattered when she is found murdered in her home.
Stuck in a unfamiliar country, with limited resources and a lack of knowledge of the country, Matt finds himself the prime suspect with no-one to help him.
Fortunately with help from a few of Yamila’s friends and acquaintances he starts to unravel the mystery that is Yamila. It begins to emerge that she was not all she made out to be and was she cooking up a disaster for herself?
Purchase Links –
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616958847
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1616958847