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Almost Never

Almost Never
  • Author(s): Daniel Sada
  • Location(s): Oaxaca, Parras de la Fuente
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 1940s

Demetrio Sord is almost 30 and has been working on a large ranch. Finding life boring he starts to visit a brothel where he meets Mireya and their adventures become ever more daring. He is asked to return home...

Bandit Roads

Bandit Roads
  • Author(s): Richard Grant
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

There are many ways to die in the Sierra Madre, a notorious nine-hundred-mile mountain range in northern Mexico where AK-47s are fetish objects, the law is almost non-existent and power lies in the hands of brutal drug mafias. Thousands...

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...

El Narco

El Narco
  • Author(s): Ioan Grillo
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

‘War’ is no exaggeration in discussing the bloodshed that has terrorized Mexico in the past decades. As rival cartels battle for control of a billion-dollar drug trade, the body count – 23,000 dead in five years – and sheer...

Getaway

Getaway
  • Author(s): Lisa Brackmann
  • Location(s): Puerto Vallarta
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Michelle Mason tells herself she’s on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, who’s left behind a...

Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate
  • Author(s): Laura Esquivel
  • Location(s): Mexico, Coahuila
  • Genre(s): Food and Drink, Romance
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit – and...

Mexico City Noir

Mexico City Noir
  • Author(s): Paco Ignacio Taibo II
  • Location(s): Mexico City
  • Genre(s): Crime, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

A collection of 12 noir short stories under the editorship of Paco Ignacio Taibo II

Narcoland

Narcoland
  • Author(s): Anabel Hernandez
  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Genre(s): Historical, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Various

The product of five years of investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021