Praise for the Sub-Inspector Max Romero series:
“A beautifully rendered setting and memorable characters . . . feature[s] an appealing Scots-Spanish detective whose mixed heritage gives him valuable perspective.”—Publishers Weekly
“Brooke writes a compelling and well-paced mystery, smoothly weaving in historical and cultural background and creating in the young, sensitive Max, a refreshing new face in international crime fiction.”—Booklist
“A compelling tale, richly embroidered with complex characters and multiple plot threads. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
, starred review
During Granada's spectacular Easter processions, Sub-Inspector Max Romero has a visitor, his sister, Susanna. She is preparing a T.V. programme on San Juan de la Cruz, Spain's sixteenth century mystic poet. In the ruins of San Juan's monastery on the Alhambra hill, they meet a charismatic environmentalist, Francisco Yepes, who later that day finds the body of a gypsy guitarist in a cave. The body is that of Paco, an ex-con who had helped Max in a previous case. Paco's death leads Max deep into the gypsy community of Sacromonte, and into another major conflict with Inspector Ernesto Navarro.The investigation into Paco's death begins to unravel a major property speculation involving the development of the beautiful Sacromonte valley below the Alhambra, a speculation involving laundered drug money, town hall corruption, and Opus Dei. Characters from Blood Wedding
re-appear, and Max's new investigation takes him deep into the politics of urban corruption in Spain and Granada. But even there, the dead reach out to touch the living. The bars, food and scenery of Granada, the striking mystical poetry of San Juan de la Cruz and the drama of flamenco, bring to life another thrilling murder mystery, linking the fanaticism of seventeenth century Granada with the corruption of the present day.