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by Carolina Garcia-aguilera

Miami P.I. Lupe Solano overhears a conversation and finds herself drawn into a hunt for a legendary masterpiece, the eighth Unicorn Tapestry, a piece of art that someone is willing to kill for.
Download Havana Heat: A Lupe Solano Mystery epub
ISBN: 038097780X
ISBN13: 978-0380977802
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Carolina Garcia-aguilera
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (October 1, 2000)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1704 kb
FB2 size: 1737 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 978
Other Formats: mbr azw lit lrf

Sassy, sexy Cubana PI, Lupe Solano, firmly believes she should have been born a man. Lupe says she thinks like a man, acts like one and lives her life like one. She is, however, speaking about sexual politics and roles in the world she knows best - Miami's Little Havana, and her point of view is that of an upper-class Cuban-American woman. Although she may be very different from other women in her community, she is certainly all female - an independent and feisty one. Carolina Garcia-Aguilera brings her protagonist and supporting cast to life with much wit and an insider's cultural and political take on the Miami community. Lupe is one of the most interesting women private investigators around today - earthy but sophisticated, packs a pistol and paints her nails - a gumshoe who wears Manolo Blahnicks.
Lupe and her "latest love interest" attend her niece Marianna's wedding to a very wealthy scion of the old Cuban aristocracy, where she is approached by the groom's Aunt Lucia. A family heirloom, a lost tapestry given to an ancestor by Christopher Columbus in 1502, is hidden in Havana and the family has been unable to retrieve it for 40+ years. Very few people know that the antique masterpiece exists. Lucia wants to hire our gal PI to travel to Cuba and bring it back. Before Lupe can even pack her suitcase, a shady business acquaintance turns up dead - strangled with a pair of pantyhose. Then a second murder occurs and Lupe begins to suspect that the killings and her quest for the priceless tapestry could be connected.
"Havana Heat" is an enthralling mystery filled with international intrigue, suspense, murder, details of the Cuban art world, and an insider's close-up portrait of a little-known community. Ms. Garcia-Aguilera writes from experience as she was born in Cuba, raised in Little Havana and worked as a licensed PI in Miami for over ten years. Her research is impeccable and her humor adds much to the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!
Wow! Hang on to your seat again in this continuing series of Miami woman private investigator Lupe Solano, as she brings stolen art treasures out of Havana. As usual in all of Garcia-Aguilera's books, be prepared for a surprise twist and BLOCKBUSTER ENDING! I literally could not put this book down as I gripped the arms of my chair reading it. Plenty of good food and drink, men in her life, and all-around excitement. The fact that the author sometimes goes a bit overboard on aristocratic Cuban-American society only makes the books more humorous and interesting. I really enjoy that, and the way she is able to constantly turn a clever phrase. The author knows well what she is talking about, being a Cuban-American herself, and having spend 10 years as a Miami woman PI before becoming an investigator. I really appreciate learning a lot from her books about the Cuban subculture.
If you have the chance to read Bitter Sugar first, the first book in this series, by all means do so. But if you are not able to, this book stands well on its own.
I really like allthe Lupe Solano mysteries. They are just plain good.
Fast Lovebird
The book was in good condition. I purchased it for my daughter. The book arrived at the time it was suppose to.
Cuban-American private investigator Lupe Solano cannot stand attending the society wedding even if her cousin is the bride. However, the boring reception picks up when the groom,'s Aunt Lucia declares that an eighth Unicorn Tapestry exists in Havana. Lupe knows that the Upper Manhattan Cloisters Museum houses the seven known tapestries, but the possibility of another one is intriguing except for a trip back to Cuba to obtain the priceless item.

As Lupe mulls over the wisdom of a clandestine visit to Havana, sleazy art dealer Angel Estrada tries to hire Lupe to also go to Cuba to smuggle out paintings by his sister. Finally, her former lover attorney Tommy McDonald wants Lupe to look into the ownership of an apparently stolen painting. When murder enters the fray, Lupe realizes Havana may be her only chance of not becoming the next victim.

HAVANA HEAT, the fifth Lupe Solano mystery, is an exciting tale that provides focus on the Cuban-American population. The story line includes three cases that keep Lupe hopping non-stop. Lupe retains her freshness and the support cast propels the tale forward, provides humor to the plot and adds insight into the lead character. Carolina Garcia-Aguilera has written another strong ethnic mystery that showcases her ability to provide the audience with an engaging novel.

Harriet Klausner