Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Genre: Fiction/cozy Mystery
Publisher: Light Message Publishing
Length: 290 pages
When Blanche “Bang” Murninghan visits an exhibit of ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico City, she sees that all is not ancient. One of the mummies has a pink hair clip embedded in its hay-like do, and the texture of the skin is not quite right. Blanche, a part-time journalist, starts to dig for some answers and gets tangled in the mystery of the mummy at the Palacio Nacional. Her cousin and traveling companion, Haasi Hakla, aids and abets—and puts the reins on Blanche. All the while, the two eat and drink their way across the city, following one hunch after another with a cast of colorful characters that include a prescient elderly chilanga, an amiable overworked detective, and a stunning doctor of shady deeds. The cousins are willing to risk kidnapping and attempted murder to get at the truth—but first, Blanche stops for another excellent beer and Haasi delights in one more taco al pastor.
Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
I didn't read the first book in this series but I don't think it matters. Blanche and her cousin Haasi travel to Mexico City to write a travel article. Their first stop is the museum where while viewing some mummies Blanche notices that one of the mummies doesn't look as ancient as they would like everyone to believe. With a plastic pink hair clip and skin not as old and worn. Her comments attract the attention of the museum staff and thus begins Blanches uncanny and unflinching desire to know who that mummy is and why it is in the museum. What ensues is kidnapping, murder, stolen ancient artifacts and lots and lots of delicious Mexican food.
The author does a great job of really putting you in Mexico City with the friendly people, the delicious food and drinks and the relaxed atmosphere. Not to mention the amazing architecture, multiple things to do all within walking distance and a rich history to be explored. Weave this with a cozy mystery and you are in for a fun read.
I was ready to book my tickets and hop on a plane although I think I would avoid getting involved in any police activities. The characters are quirky, and fun, and the story is fast paced. There were many things that made me smile and cheer for the meddling cousins. This is a great summer read and who knows it may prompt you to pack your bags for Mexico City.
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