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Majorca, the land of sun, sea, and a relaxed lifestyle, seems an unlikely place for murder. But as Inspector Enrique Alvarez knows all too well, violent crime is comfortable in paradise. So it’s no surprise to the long-suffering detective when he’s called to investigate the suspicious death of English expat Señor Picare, who appears to have drowned in his swimming pool. The bruises on Picare’s ankles indicate he was held under water until he died. But who would do such a thing? Unfortunately, there are plenty of suspects. The nouveau-riche Picare tended to flaunt his success, and he was also a known womanizer, suggesting that one could either follow the money or the women. Alvarez, as always, must juggle the unreasonable demands of his superior (solve the crime immediately, but don’t offend anyone important) while chasing down clues and still finding time for his afternoon siesta and cognac. Ah, but count on the seemingly bumbling but instinctively clever detective to overcome all obstacles and solve the case. A fun read with sharp wit, a lovable hero, and an intoxicating glimpse of Majorcan life. --Emily Melton

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“Fans will enjoy the latest adventure of this amiably lazy detective.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A fun read with sharp wit, a lovable hero, and an intoxicating glimpse of Majorcan life.” (Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Series: An Inspector Alvarez Mystery (Book 37)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727883534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883537
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For 15 or 20 years I have read every new Inspector Alvarez mystery and have looked forward to the next in the series by Roderic Jeffries. Enjoyable and full of detail, they are very much "of the place" which is the island of Majorca. Unfortunately, of late they have become increasingly formulaic and although there are many details of architecture, food, scenery, and other aspects of Mallorcan culture, a certain repetition has set in. Further, there are now over 30 books "starring" Inspector Alvarez but his age, and the ages of Dolores, Jaime and their children, never seems to advance.

The latest book repeats the theme of THE AMBIGUITY OF MURDER -- an unexplained death in a swimming pool and a villain who was universally unpopular. There may be others with the same general theme.

While I enjoy these mysteries, the last couple of titles have left me less likely to seek out any more of the recent titles. Instead I would recommend that any reader find one of the early titles. Or, if you are looking for a similar series, try Andrea Camilleri (Sicily) who writes the Inspector Montalbano series, or Gerald Hammond's Scottish mysteries. They are all literate, and easy reading.
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Beginning with the thirty-seventh book in a long-running series can be a bit tricky, but I wanted to read something set on Mallorca, so I picked up the latest Inspector Alvarez mystery by Roderic Jeffries. At first I did feel a bit off balance because I was missing the introductions to the characters and setting, but that swiftly passed-- especially with the brilliant opening conversation between two rich, insufferable, razor-tongued gossips.

Inspector Alvarez quickly proved himself to be the type of investigator who knows how to deal with a supremely difficult superior while still conducting his business his way. Being new to Alvarez's deductive style, at first I thought it was much too repetitive. Inspector Alvarez's thought processes aren't served up on a platter for the reader either. You get to see what he does, and you get to see what he tells his boss, and that's it. But that's the charm of this book: you see what the inspector sees, and it's up to you to put things together at the same time as Alvarez. When everything starts clicking together, the reason for the investigative repetition becomes clear, and your appreciation of Alvarez-- and for Roderic Jeffries' skill-- grows. After enjoying In Search of Murder, I'm thinking that I should savor a few of Alvarez's earlier cases!
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