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Havana Blue (Mario Conde Mystery 3) (Mario Conde Investigates)

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Unfortunately, with the current Brexit situation, we are unable to deliver to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Let the fragrance settle on your skin instead of rubbing it in, as the heat will break down the perfume's top notes. Rafael disappears and the questioning of those who knew him - which takes up the bulk of the narrative - tells his story, illustrating different facets of him and of Cuba's recent history. It seems quite true to life for all I know about Cuba but the protagonists are cops so they enjoy a special place in the world across the water. Conde remembers Morin from their student days: "good-looking, brilliant, a reliable comrade who always got what he wanted," including Tamara, Morin's widow, and a girl Conde and his friends fantasized about back in high school.

I appreciate the author has certain special strictures in writing a detective story set in the country where he lives. Anti-hero, Lieutenant Mario Conde of the Havana Police Department, known as "the Count," is suffering from a terrible New Year's Eve hangover. Crumbling pastel-coloured facades line its streets, parked vintage cars evoke times past, live music permeates the air. Perfect for creating one-of-a-kind feature walls, these tiles can also be used on busy floors throughout your home.Inspired by traditional Moroccan patterns, these delightful tiles offer an intoxicating mix of geometric motifs and subtle colours. Rafael Morín considered “an immaculate trustworthy comrade” had been reported missing by his wife the day before.

But then he finds the man is someone he was at school with who has done not only much better than him work-wise, but married Conde's long-ago love Tamara. Havana’s bold, provocative approach to art, cuisine and entertainment—as well as the eclectic blend of African, French, Spanish and North American influences—including its range of architecture styles from the sixteenth century to the modern day, confer this epic city with a legendary status on par with the world’s greatest cities. So take a seat at an authentic paladar (family-run restaurant) and enjoy the vibrant evolution of Havana. Conde and the city of Havana share star status, both lovingly portrayed, both fraying at the edges, both prone to depression, yet full of joy.The fact that this novel, the first of three, was written by a Cuban resident and not a Cuban exile gives it a certain sterility and dry quality one can imagine.

This third installment in the Mario Conde series tracks the disappearance of our police-lieutenant hero's boyhood friend while navigating the usual deceptions and pitfalls (a femme fatale included) on the way to the discovery.Conde remembered Morin from their student days: good-looking, brilliant, a "reliable comrade'' who always got what he wanted, including Tamara the girl Conde was after.

The Gran Teatro de la Habana, built in the early twentieth century, is now home to the Cuban National Ballet. And that means spending a lot of time with Tamara, and facing up to the unprofessional possibilities that arise there.It doesn't dwell on politics but focuses on Conde's friendships and the unfulfilled promise of the Cuban revolution. While pursuing the case in a decaying but adored Havana Conde confronts his lost love for Tamara and the dreams and illusions of his generation. The third novel in Leonardo Padura's acclaimed Havana Quartet to be translated into English by Peter Bush, is not your usual mystery novel.

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