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A Not So Perfect Crime (Borja and Eduard #1)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A prominent politician's wife is suspected of infidelity. The case for our twin private investigators becomes nasty when she is found poisoned. A satire of Catalan politics and life and habits of Barcelona's inhabitants, diurnal and nocturnal.
ebook, 295 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Bitter Lemon Press (first published 2006)
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Nancy Oakes
3.5 stars.

A Not So Perfect Crime is the first of three in a series of novels featuring twin brothers Eduard Martínez Estivill and Jose Martínez Estivill, the latter known as Borja Masdéu-Canals Sáez de Astorga to everyone but his brother, who knows him as Pep. Eduard hasn't even told his wife about the true identity of his brother, and the two of them constitute Frau Consultants, a private "detective" agency with false office doors and a secretary who's always away when their clients come to see
What a pleasant surprise! I knew nothing about this author and only picked up the book because I was looking for something to read with a Barcelona setting, in preparation for an upcoming trip to the city. I've now ordered the next two in the series. Eduard and Borja, who are brothers but not brothers, are private detectives, but not private detectives, and they stumble their way through a very convincing plot of political and social intrigue. It's with a droll sense of humor that Teresa Solana ...more
PROTAGONIST: Eduard Estviill and Borja Masdeu
SETTING: Barcelona
RATING: 3.25

Although they are twins, Eduard Martinez Estivill and Jose Martinez Estivill (now known as Borja Masdeu-Canals Saez de Astorga) have long lived separate lives. No one is aware of their relationship, including Eduard's wife, Montse. It's only when Borja returns to Barcelona that he and Eduard reconnect. In fact, they go into business together. They have a consulting firm in which they play the role of interme
Solana who trained as a classicist paints the atmosphere of Barcelona using two very different twin detectives, like two sides of the same character. I did not really follow the mystery but reading about food, drink, and activities of the highly placed was fun.
This gets 4 stars for being such a pleasant surprise.

I enjoy reading mysteries from other cultures (see also Delhi Noir, review coming soon…). This one is from Barcelona (woo-hoo!), and is Teresa Solana's debut novel. It won a prize for best crime novel published in (yay!) Catalan. Catalan?! You bet.

This book is terrific for at least two reasons: first, a fresh voice and a fresh narrator. His name is Eduard, and let's just copy out the first paragraph:

My brother Borja's name isn't Borja. It's
It was ok. The characters weren't terribly convincing and the plot wasn't very original, but it was engaging enough to get into the story. This was the first book I read in Catalan and the colloquial language and simple story made it manageable. I read it along with the English translation, which took a lot of liberties, sometimes surprising and usually for the worse, as far as I can tell. Maybe part of the problem was that the translator is British and the translation is very idiom-heavy (much ...more
Banale, banale la storia, banale i personaggi, banali i dialoghi una perla: (il protagonista riceve in regalo dei gemelli da camicia in oro)
"Questa Mariona é una vera signora" disse Borja guardando soddisfatto i gemelli. "E guarda che i ricchi di solito non sono generosi".
"No sono piuttosto tirchi. Per questo sono ricchi" osservai".
Mi dispiace ma mi rifiuto di continuare a leggere un libro che contiene un dialogo come questo.
Fa male alla salute psicofisica é spreco di tempo e di sinapsi.
Mi stup
No es una novela nada pretenciosa y por eso me ha gustado.

En ningún momento se presenta con un crimen increíblemente misterioso y luego se resuelve de la manera más cutre pensada. No es así. Es simplemente un libro de misterio contada por un protagonista con el que cualquiera de nosotros nos podríamos identificar.

Los personajes del libro son reales (por el motivo antes dicho), palpables, próximos.

Es sencilla pero agradable. Me ha robado más de una sonrisa. Recomendable.
Set in Barcelona. Twin brothers work together as private investigators. What begins as a possibly straying wife ends up with a murder. Fascinating look at Barcelona society and culture. I enjoyed this first in a series. Plan to discuss this with the Mystery Book Group.
Prakash Loungani
A Not So Perfect Book. Meanders along pleasantly but not much of a msytery in the end; it's more about about the lives of the two detective brothers and Barcelona.
The book suffers tremendously from a poor translation. It could have been a cute tongue in cheek style.
Fun(ny) mystery set in present-day Barcelona with two amateur detectives. A light, but intelligent, read.
Great book! Hope there are many more from this author
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Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona. Born in 1962, she studied philosophy and worked as a literary translator and essayist. She has written several novels kept quietly in her drawer. A Not So Perfect Crime, her first published title, won the 2007 Brigada 21 Prize for the best Catalan mystery novel.
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