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The Savage Detectives

The Savage Detectives
  • Author(s): Roberto Bolaño
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s onwards

Los Detectivos Salvajes is an urban odyssey set in the sprawl of 1975 Mexico City. Written by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, the novel won the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize and is counted among his most successful novels,...

The Summer of Secrets

The Summer of Secrets
  • Author(s): Alison Lucy
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1980s, Modern

One heady summer. Three big secrets. 1989: Newlyweds Danny and Harriet arrive at their honeymoon paradise in the Caribbean. Days later Harriet returns home. Danny is left distraught but finds comfort in the arms of two women. Nine months...

The Urban Circus

The Urban Circus
  • Author(s): Catriona Rainsford
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

After travelling to India on leaving school, Catriona intended to make a life for herself in Asia until an injury forced her to return to the UK. A promise made at closing time in a Cambridge pub then took...

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano
  • Author(s): Malcolm Lowry
  • Location(s): Cuernavaca
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1938

Geoffrey Firmin, the former British consul iun Mexico is a prisoner of alcoholism. On The Day of the Dead in 1938, his recently divorced wife Yvonne returns to Quauhnahuac (The Aztec name for Cuernavaca), over which two smoking volcanoes...

The Lacuna

The Lacuna
  • Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
  • Location(s): Mexico, North Carolina
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man’s search for safety of a man torn beween the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison...

Chico’s Paradise

Chico’s Paradise
  • Author(s): William Wolfgram
  • Location(s): Puerto Vallarta
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Molly Clark was a homicide detective in MilwaukeeWisconsin and in a confrontation with a serial killer is badly wounded. She drifts away to Puerto Vallarta to heal body and spirit. Bored with the bars and clubs, and sensing she...

Cliff Diver

Cliff Diver
  • Author(s): Carmen Amato
  • Location(s): Acapulco
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

When Emilia Cruz, Acapulco’s first and only female police detective, dives into the investigation of a dirty cop’s death, she might just hit the rocks instead of the water. With hot nights on the beach and suspense straight out...

Down and Delirious in Mexico City

Down and Delirious in Mexico City
  • Author(s): Daniel Hernandez
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 2000s

This book recounts Hernandez’s electrifying journey through the far-off slums, glittering fashion parties and rapturous religious rituals of one of the world’s most exciting megacities – the seething urban valley known as ‘D.F.’ to the locals. In vivid, intimate...

Risky Business

Risky Business
  • Author(s): Nora Roberts
  • Location(s): Acapulco, Cozumel
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Modern

Cozumel had been home to Liz Palmer for ten years. She was settled, respected. Her Black Coral Dive Shop was the best on the island. She no longer missed Houston, or thought about the man who didn’t want her...

The Earthquake Machine

The Earthquake Machine
  • Author(s): Mary Pauline Lowry
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals....

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