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Watcher in the Pine (Tejada #3)

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“The Edgar-winning author tells her story in spare prose, befitting the bleakness of the political and physical landscape. . . . The richness of historical detail and the loving but uneasy relationship between Tejada and Elena offer their own rewards to the reader.”—Denver Post

“The hostilities are never over in the mournful mysteries that Rebecca Pawel sets in the devasta
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Soho Crime (first published 2005)
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Mar 16, 2011 Olgalijo rated it really liked it
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As a Spaniard living in far away Alaska I took "The Watcher in the Pine" with a little bit of incredulity. I couldn't picture somebody from a different culture being able to portrait accurately the day to day life of a small town in the Picos de Europa. Moreover the time period is one of political unrest and strong division in the country.
Also, I lived for a number of years in Oviedo, the capital of one of the provinces divided by the Picos de Europa. So it was a pleasant surprise when I starte
May 22, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
When Carlos Tejada, a lieutenant in the Guardia of Franco’s Spain married Elena, whose sympathies were on the other side of the civil war, he knew life was going to get difficult. However, when he is posted with a very pregnant Elena to a ruined village in the mountains in the middle of winter, things could not get much worse. It becomes clear that there is still a strong Republican sentiment in the village because, as explained by one of the inhabitants, they gave books to the schools. A little ...more
Matt H.
Oct 21, 2014 Matt H. rated it it was ok
In book 1, I despised Tejada for what he did early in the story. In book 2, the focus seemed more on Elena, and I managed through that one. Here in book 3, I loathe Tejada. I do not think he is a redeemable character. He does not grow or learn in any significant way. He does not love his wife, Elena; in fact, I am pretty sure he does not even like her. He admits page after page that he does not understand her. This lack of understanding occurs at a fundamental human level. Their worldviews (poli ...more
Aug 12, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
WATCHER IN THE PINE (Pol.Proc-Spain-1940) – VG
Pawel, Rebecca – 3rd in series
Soho, 2005- UK Hardcover- ISBN: 156947379X
*** The Civil War is over and Lieutenant Carlos Tejada has received his first independent command so he, and his very pregnant bride, Elena Fernandez, move to the small mountain village of Potes. It quickly becomes clear this was not the idyllic posting they’d hoped. Arriving in a snowstorm, there is no one to meet them. There are no quarters suitable for a couple so they rent an
Kristine Brancolini
Oct 14, 2014 Kristine Brancolini rated it it was amazing
Watcher in the Pine is my favorite book so far in the Tejada series. I enjoyed the other two, but this one demonstrates additional complexity in both plot and character. I actually guessed part of the truth about the situation, but Pawel skillfully revealed the novel's intricate relationships.

I really love the time and place of this novel: 1940 in Northern Spain. Lieutenant Carlos Tejada and his wife Elena have moved to the town of Potes, where the lieutenant assumes his first command. It's a bl
Jan 05, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Jan 18, 2012 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unexpectedly delightful! I now wish I'd started at the beginning of the series, but sometimes when I do that I wish I'd just tried a book from somewhere in the middle. Can't win really.

I had to look up the background to this book, set in the aftermath of the Spanish civil war, as I was entirely hazy on the whole concept. I was surprised to find the main character, Tejada, on Franco's side (sort of). But it becomes clearer as the book goes on that there is more to it than that. I'm guessing that
Oct 11, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
Having skipped the second book in the series, things have changed mightly for Lt. Tejada, as he moves with his pregnant wife to a rural posting in 1940 Spain. Elena, his wife, is a major and welcome character in the book, humanizing the Nationalist guardia even more with her Republican sympathies and allowing a deeper connection to the new place. The rural setting moves slower than the city, but the war's violence has touched here as well. The characters are well drawn and the mysteries and the ...more
So I think Pawel finally stumbled a bit with this one, but I still enjoyed reading it. It seemed as though the whole who done it aspect of the story was a little forced.
I didn't mind the slow pace of the writing, I rather enjoyed getting to know these characters a bit more fully. That said, I I still wanted a little more 'action' as it were with the Maquis and the Guardia. I continue to appreciate how Pawel has yet to back away from having Tejada do some rotten things as a guardi, I like the hon
Lt. Carlos Tejada of Franco's Guardia Civil and his bride, Elena Fernandez, from a completely different background, travel to the mountain village of Potes as the war in Europe heats up and Loyalist guerrillas are still fighting in the mountains. Although Carlos' and Elena's politics are different, they share a basic integrity that allows them to be together. This episode in their story was more interesting for the characters than for the plot, but still very much worth reading.
May 14, 2010 Jane rated it liked it
I read this for book group. What I liked was the sense of time and place. Northern Spain, post civil war. The protagonist is a policia, his wife, a liberal. Their relationship was very interesting; the mystery, less so. The book I read just before, City of Thieves was far more beautifully written.
Charles Kerns
A city-dwelling, communist sympathizer marries fascist Civil Guard officer at end of the Spanish Civil War (before WW2) and has a hard time finding happiness until she has a baby and gets kidnapped. A perfect anti-fem book with spunky gal getting spelunked.

Found as a last minute airplane read. Tries to detail some north Spain history (gets one star for trying, another because I am a nice guy).
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it
Because the premise of the relationship between Red and Gardia is clear, this book isn't as exciting as the first in the series but still a fascinating picture of Spain at the end of the Civil Wa in the form of a murder mystery.
Aug 04, 2011 Tuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a not bad mystery/fiction from viewpoint of a guardia civil in a little picos de europa village (read hillbilly country) who is a thinking man so this cop has to try and hold back the natural redneckedness of the town and fight the "terrorists" too
Jemera Rone
Sep 11, 2012 Jemera Rone rated it it was amazing
Another in the series by Rebecca Pawel, who does a good job with the exotic setting of a remote village in the recently war-ravaged Spain of the 1940s and the improbable husband (Falangist) and wife (Republican/Communist) pair.
Gypsy Lady
Oct 17, 2009 Gypsy Lady rated it liked it
Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
Dana Woodaman
Dec 14, 2010 Dana Woodaman rated it liked it
Another compelling read
Sep 19, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
This should actually get 3.5 stars -- it's better than your average decently-written book, but not quite as good as Rebecca Pawel's debut novel.
Feb 23, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok
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Jan 12, 2009 Jeanne rated it liked it
It was one of those books that are page turners, but good for plot not the writing. Beach book.
Apr 27, 2017 Leo rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5, but a fine book. I started with book 3 because that was the only one at the bookstore. It is well written, good characters, semi mysterious plot. The mood and setting are the real stars. Not that I'm an expert in Spanish Civil War, but Pawel is able to give the sense of place and time that few books are able to do successfully. Looking forward to more books in the series.
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Rebecca Pawel was born in 1977 and was raised in New York City. She spent a summer studying in Madrid in 1994 and fell in love with Spain. She also majored in Spanish language and literature at Columbia University.

Death of a Nationalist was nominiated for Best first Novel for both the 2004 Anthony and 2004 Macavity, and won the 2004 Edgar Best First Novel. It was also a finalist for the LA Times B
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