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Blood Wedding: A Sub-Inspector Max Romero Mystery Set in Granada by P.J. Brooke
Cover Artist: Design: Mark-Cavanagh.co.uk
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Soho Constable Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781569478547
Date: 01 September 2010 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Leila Mahfouz is a beautiful, twenty-three-year-old British Muslim; she is visiting her father Ahmed who lives in Diva, a small village located in the Sierra Nevada mountains outside Granada, Spain. A university graduate student, she is writing her thesis on the Spanish Civil War. Her research takes a slight detour when she becomes fixated on the 1937 assassinations of several musicians, one of whom is the famous Federico García Lorca who wrote Blood Wedding, a Flamenco ballet with a tragic theme similar to that of Romeo and Juliet.

When Leila's corpse is found in a ravine beneath a bridge, Sub-Inspector Max Romero of the Policía National de Granada investigates her murder. The suspects are many; the prime one is young Hassan Khan who lives at the Ibn Rush'd Centre, a training camp for Muslim business entrepreneurs. Because of the Iraq war, an Anti-Terrorist Group has been established to investigate suspected terrorist cells in Spain. Suspected of being a terrorist, Hassan is brutalized by the local police. Prejudice and hatred escalate in Granada until there is more bloodshed.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Inspector Max Romero investigates the death of a Muslim girl in Granada, Spain. The prime suspect may have terrorist links, but insensitive handling of the case leads to his suicide. As a result, Max is co-opted into a dangerous anti-terrorist operation.

P.J. Brooke is the husband and wife writing team of Philip O'Brien and Jane Brooke. They divide their time between Scotland and the old Moorish district of Granada. Blood Wedding is the first novel in the Inspector Max Romero series.

(Source: Soho Constable)

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