For four months running, Library Journal has been having a bit of a love affair with our mystery debuts. Every Mystery Debut of the Month from July through October has been a superb Minotaur title:
"This highly atmospheric and addictive thriller brings in elements that will entice both crime fiction and fantasy readers." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Yes, this is a true homage to Agatha Christie, but Malliet, like Louise Penny, brings a contemporary freshness to the traditional mystery." -Library Journal (starred review)
"With its rapid pace and wonderfully flawed detective, this vibrant novel has tremendous appeal." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Buckle your seatbelts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline." -Library Journal (starred review)
Excellent picks, Library Journal.Read more
Jason Webster's accomplished debut mystery is set in the high-stakes and decidedly murky world of bullfighting in Valencia, Spain and it's getting great reviews! First, a quick look at what you're getting into:
"Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you."
Chief Inspector Max Cámara thinks in proverbs, and he hates one thing above all: bullfighting. One hot afternoon in Valencia, however, he has to stand in for his boss, judging a festival corrida starring Spain’s most famous young matador. That night, he is back in the bullring, and what he finds on the blood-stained sand rattles the city of Valencia to its core.
Cámara is roped into investigating a grisly murder while dealing with violent shadows from his own past, as well as confronting the suspiciousness of the bullfighting community and the stonewalling of local politicians in full electoral campaign.
Library Journal gave OR THE BULL KILLS YOU a starred review and named it Debut of the Month saying, "With its rapid pace and wonderfully flawed detective, this vibrant novel has tremendous appeal. Conor Fitzgerald would be a good read-alike; it also would appeal to new fans of Zen (Michael Dibdin’s Italian cop) thanks to the recent PBS Masterpiece Mystery! miniseries starring Rufus Sewell."
Publishers Weekly also gave it a starred review saying, "Webster makes the bullfighting integral to the plot rather than a mere backdrop, effortlessly conveying the role of the sport in Spanish society. The well-rounded lead–cynical, willing to bend the rules, emotionally wounded–should be more than capable of sustaining a long series."Read more