Jonathan Woods (author); A DEATH IN MEXICO; New Pulp Press (Fiction: Mystery) 14.95 ISBN: 9780982843680
Byline: Michael Beeman
When the mutilated body of an American art model is discovered in the Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende late one night, local inspector Hector Diaz knows his life is about to become much more complicated. South of the border, American is synonymous with trouble and a murdered gringa from a wealthy Texas family, discovered by an American couple on vacation, can only bring the wrong kind of attention. Unfortunately for Diaz, San Miguel has become a mecca for wayward Yanks, and as he rushes to catch the murderer, Diaz finds Americans everywhere: expatriot artists from LA, bored housewives on vacation, revelers looking for the next good time. Diaz knows he has precious little time to find the killer before the news hits US television and the American media turns his town into a sideshow. Fitting, then, that his investigation may take him into America itself before the end.
Woods writes a deft, fast-paced whodunit in A Death in Mexico, a follow-up that delivers on the promise of Bad Juju, his award-winning short story collection published last year. Although the prose might occasionally make a close...