Peter S. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair
This is the first book I have read that I have enjoyed on so many levels. 1. At first blush it is a compelling mystery story with many twists and turns that leaves the reader wanting the story to never end because it is so entertaining. 2. The character development is superb. 2. It reveals much about the Cuban culture which is extremely interesting and different from elsewhere. 4. It also paints a believable picture of the intrigue of the Canadian government and it law enforcement in its dealings with Cuba and presumably with other countries as well. The fact that it is this writer's first novel makes it all the more special and amazing because of the sophistication of the writing.