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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

Romance, mystery, and monsters combine to give us a compelling look at the human heart in The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. Those familiar with the classic H.G. Wells novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, will find many of these characters familiar, although hearing the tale from Carlota’s viewpoint - alo ...

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The Last Mile

I know that Kat Martin is a veteran author of dozens of romantic suspense novels, but I haven’t read any of them, so I decided I’d jump in with The Last Mile, a story that promised to combine the excitement and danger of a hunt for lost treasure with a romance between an Indiana Jones-type seeke ...

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The Hacienda

The Hacienda has been described by the publisher as “Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca”. Being a big fan of both those books I was naturally excited to read it, but unfortunately, the novel does not live up to the publisher’s hype. Beatriz lost her home when her father was executed during the Me ...

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Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things is a re-released 2016 novel by best-selling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Part noir and part horror story, this vampire tale takes place in an alternate reality Mexico City where two lonely souls try to survive the dangerous streets of a town riddled with trouble. Domingo doesn ...

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Velvet Was the Night

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic was one of my favorite books of 2020, so I was excited to review her latest novel, Velvet Was the Night. This classic noir narrative is a beautifully written snapshot of one of the darkest times in Mexican/American history. 1970s, Mexico City.  Maite has a ...

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Mexican Gothic

COVID-19 has made us more aware than ever of the importance of the spaces we call our own. That makes this the perfect moment to read the uncanny, absorbing Mexican Gothic, a tale about the kind of location in which you most definitely wouldn’t want to shelter in place. Wealthy socialite Noemí ...

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We Unleash the Merciless Storm

We Unleash the Merciless Storm is the sequel to 2019's We Set the Dark On Fire, a Mexican-inspired young adult fantasy novel with a fabulous female/female relationship at its core. The first installment did end on a rather sizable cliffhanger, so I've been eagerly awaiting the release of book two. ...

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We Set the Dark on Fire

In the far-flung future, Medio has been run for thousands of years on the principle of the ancient legend of the thieving Salt God and the financially ripe Sun God.  The upper crust of society are the descendants of the Sun God and his two wives; women are expected to behave in either the manner of ...

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The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden

A conquistador/indigenous Totonec romance novel? I had to give that a try. The Spaniard's Innocent Maiden sees Benicio Villafuerte sets sail for the West Indies in the hopes of becoming wealthy enough to support his beloved Luisa. Once there, he joins Cortes on his first expedition to Mexico. Tul ...

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Daughter of Fortune

Here's something you may not know about Carla Kelly: She has a BA in Latin American History and an MA in Indian Wars history. Which makes her pretty much the perfect person to write this book; it is about an Indian War which takes place in 17th Century New Mexico. But it is more than that, it is abo ...