A Filomena Buscarsela Mystery
INTRO: by Liz Martinez
When New York City private investigator Filomena Buscarsela takes her teenaged daughter, Antonia, to see their extended family in Ecuador, it’s more than a homecoming. Filomena hasn’t been back in years, and the trip brings back memories of her previous life as a revolutionary. Before she’s even had time to adjust to her new surroundings, though, a priest is murdered—a man who, years ago, saved her life and helped her escape to the United States. Filomena owed him her life, and she vows to find his killer. It’s an election year, and the dirty hands of politics seem to be everywhere, perhaps even in this senseless death. Filomena’s investigation promises to lead her back to the very people she escaped all those years ago. As the country is wracked by natural and manmade disasters—landslides, floods, food shortages, protests, crackdowns—Filomena becomes a fugitive from the law, racing across the country toward a climactic confrontation in the Amazon jungle. This final installment in Kenneth Wishnia’s acclaimed series is rich with the sights, sounds—and dangers—of Ecuador, and offers a compelling look at the provenance of one dynamic heroine.
- Series: A Filomena Buscarsela Mystery
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: PM Press (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604864303
- ISBN-13: 978-1604864304
Kenneth Wishnia was born in Hanover, NH to a roving band of traveling academics. He earned a B.A. from Brown University (1982) and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from SUNY Stony Brook (1996). He teaches writing, literature and other deviant forms of thought at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, Long Island, where he is a professor of English.
Ken’s novels have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, and have made Best Mystery of the Year lists at Booklist, Library Journal, and The Washington Post. His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Murder in Vegas, Long Island Noir, Queens Noir, Politics Noir, Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere.
His most recent novel, The Fifth Servant, was an Indie Notable selection, one of the “Best Jewish Books of 2010” according to the Association of Jewish Libraries, a finalist for the Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Award, and winner of a Premio Letterario ADEI-WIZO, a literary prize awarded by the Associazione Donne Ebree d’Italia, the Italian branch of the Women’s International Zionist Organization.
He is married to a wonderful Catholic woman from Ecuador, and they have two children who are completely insane.
Filomena grew up in Ecuador in the poor area. She then immigrated to the United States and became a citizen. She gave birth to a baby girl and then got her investigator's license. Later she and her daughter, now 12, go back to Ecuador to visit with their family and go to the mountains where Filomena grew up. She takes time to visit Father Campus, the priest who saved her life and got her out of the country. Then the priest who was active in politics was murdered. Filomena vowed to find the killer and see that justice is delivered. She, while investigating winds up being framed in a murder. Forced, she went on the run to clear her name. The author gives the reader an in depth look into a third world country where people were forced to kill in order to eat. I loved that the heroine had enough strength and feeling of empowerment to take on the government that was corrupt in order to see justice served. This book gave me a look into a third world country which I haven't read many books about. The author gave the reader so many sights and sounds with descriptions that you as the reader could almost visualize Ecuador during it's most dangerous and poorest times. Very well written and leaves you wanting a little more. I liked the second cover more. I felt it drew the possible reader into wanting to know more about the book. The author did an amazing job of getting right to the reader's heart.
I was given a complimentary copy of BLOOD LAKE from the author, Kenneth Wishnia for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 4 STARS,