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The Ambivalent Corpse (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jerold Last
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Parts of a dismembered corpse are found on a rocky stretch of beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, apportioned equally between the Memorial to a German cruiser sunk in World War II and the Memorial to Jews killed in the Holocaust. Because of the murder victim's strategic location shared between two antithetical monuments, the Uruguayan press names her “The Ambivalent Corpse”. Private detective Roger Bowman and his girlfriend, scientist Suzanne Foster, find themselves traveling through Uruguay, Southwest Brazil, and parts of Paraguay and Argentina to help solve the case. This fast paced mystery has plenty of action, atmosphere, and sense of place. While the novel is basically a hard-bitten mystery story, it bends the genre slightly so that it should also appeal to readers interested in travel, romance, and South American food and wine.


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  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ZFRQG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read November 14, 2011
By HJF
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This combination murder mystery and tour of South America moves along very quickly. There are a few surprises but like the really good mysteries, the clues are there. Having been to Montevideo and Buenos Aires and being a Jewish biochemist, this book had special appeal to me. Regardless, I think anyone looking for a bit of diversion would enjoy it. This is the authors' second work of fiction and shows real promise for creating a new genre- the punster detective - and what's more novel than that?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a fast moving mystery November 7, 2011
By Sunfish
Format:Kindle Edition
A grisly corpse, lots of South American food and wine, and lots of descriptive tourism. Once all the intros are done the action moves quickly and you just can't stop reading. Quite a fast moving mystery with an interesting plot. An easy fast read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thriling trip to the South American 4-corners November 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A (too) classic thriller mixing good deeds, bad guys, sided politics, martial arts, prude sex, biased restaurant reviews, elementary appreciation of local wines with a tourist guide-type description of the South American equivalent of the US 4-corner area. It is well designed, reasonably credible, full of bourgeois cliches that go well with scotch (apparently the preferred drink of the Beverly Hills-based super-rich heroes).
The author delights in forgettable puns that show their age; as well as the style, not exactly Ernest Hemingway's nor Peter Cheney's.
In fact, easy to read -and possibly as easy to forget.
To sweeten this review and reflect more truth, definitely worth its modest price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs major editing help. April 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because my husband is from Uruguay and I have visited for lengthy periods, speak the language and know the country pretty well. I thought it would be fun to visit the country this way and enjoy a mystery too. Unfortunately, the story was, not believable, lacked good plotting, character building, and dialogue. I didn't finish it. The author has promise, but needs practice and a good editor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Barbara
Format:Kindle Edition
History and myth, food and wine are woven into the fabric of the plot as private investigator Roger Bowman and his scientist and martial-arts-expert girlfriend Suzanne again find their South American vacation has landed them smack in the middle of a sensational murder with political overtones. This second foray into the mystery genre by scientist-turned-novelist Jerold Last shows growth in all areas, with a tighter and better-organized plot and satisfying development of the relationship between detective Roger Bowman and girlfriend Suzanne. Refreshingly the author has turned away from the clinically detailed sex scenes of the first novel in the series The Empanada Affair and concentrates on moving the plot forward through realistic dialogue, vivid descriptions of the South American settings and a varied cast of characters combined with an intriguing story line which catches the reader's attention with the title and holds it through the finale. The food descriptions are nearly as good as a cook book, and the vivid description of Iguazu Falls almost inspired me to jump on a plane. The author effectively uses the Paraguayan (Guarani) myth of Porá-sy and the creation of Iguazu Falls as a plot element with a modern psychological and political twist. This is an enjoyable and fast read.
(Note: This reviewer received a free pre-publication copy of the book which has since undergone minor revisions).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential, but bad follow through June 7, 2013
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It started pretty good but the quality fell pretty quickly. This needs a little polish and a lot of editing. If the author goes through it and gets some help formatting it and fixing the errors I will give this one another shot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ambivalent Corpse May 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never read anything like this before. It's so packed full of information, a variety of foods (I found myself hungry many times throughout the book), mystery and puns. I loved the little bits of sexual innuendo Roger tossed out there to Suzanne and loved them as a couple! They were a great team solving the case of The Ambivalent Corpse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Light on Story
I have to admit that I enjoyed The Ambivalent Corpse. The geographical detail and the emphasis on good eating are delightfully different. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diana Lubick
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit More Than I Needed to Know About South America...
While the story was okay, I found the travelogue aspect of it a bit trying for my taste. I felt that the mystery plot suffered a bit from the descriptions of every meal and every... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rie Sheridan Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I just finished this book and was surprised how much I really enjoyed it. I don't usually read this genre and wasn't sure I would like the book much less read the entire book. Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Binding Addiction
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little thriller
This is the story of a brutal murder and dismemberment. A female body is found in Montevideo, South America - in seven parts, carefully cut up and placed between two significant... Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars CLIMATIC, SUSPENSFUL AND ENLIGHTENING!
This novel was a great read! Not only did it give the reader a vivid experience of life and travel in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by 12playmia
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
"The Ambivalent Corpse" is a fast moving tale of a fun loving couple, a South American Journey and the unexpected twist that changes everything involving them in a mysterious... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Beatriz
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