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The Summer Snow (Tejada #4)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
“Pawel’s splendid historical series . . . takes an inspired turn in The Summer Snow.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“In addition to strong characterizations and a witty sense of humor, [Pawel] explores the inherent tension of a detective trying to seek the truth in a country that regularly suppresses it.”—Christian Science Monitor
“This is another winner
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Soho Crime (first published 2006)
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Aug 11, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
THE SUMMER SNOW (Historical-Spain-1940s) – VG
Pawel, Rebecca – 4th in series
Soho Crime, 2006- US Hardcover – ISBN: 1569474087
*** Lieutenant Carlos Tejada comes to Granada with his wife and son after his wealthy grand aunt has died. She had been a querulous old lady always seeing conspiracies but Carlos finds she had been murdered. While trying to find his aunt’s killer, his wife, Elena, must deal with her in-laws disapproval of her while trying to keep their young son amused.
*** I so enjoy this s
Matt H.
Oct 25, 2014 Matt H. rated it liked it
Pawel’s writing is consistently strong throughout the four-book Tejada series. Her descriptions of character and setting bring you into the story and make you feel like a participant. The mystery begins in the first chapter and develops throughout, although it gets a bit stretched half way through, as I think Pawel stalls for time so that Tejada can figure it out (at least that’s what it felt like when the action did not move forward quickly enough). A fine cast of suspects keeps readers guessin ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Annabelle rated it liked it
This takes place in 1945 in Spain, in the backdrop of the post revolution, where commies and reds are anathema to civilized society. The main character is Tejada, a police in Potas, Norther Mountains, who is married to a former communist activist, Luisa, with proletariat leanings. He is called Grenada his hometown to investigate the death of his grand aunt. She has been afraid of the commies and has thought they were trying to kill her, and terrorizes the local police, Rivas, to find the culprit ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
This was one of those random books picked up at the library and it turned out to be a very well written one. The amount of historical research was impressive and really well done. There were enough detail so that you didn't get lost but not so much that you loose interest in the book. The dynamic between Carlos Tejada and his wife Elena was amazing and left you wanting to know more about their family life. (Which I will probably find out more when I read the other books) There are also some myst ...more
Jul 31, 2009 Scilla rated it really liked it
This book takes place in Grenada Spain in 1945. Leeutenant Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon has come to Grenada to help investigate the death of his rich, elderly grand aunt Rosalia. He is staying with his wife, Elena, and young son) with his parents, who didn't want him to go into the Guardia or to marry Elena, whose parents had been communists. The death is complicated by the fact that the will is missing and this makes several family members suspects, including Tejada's father. After annoying seve ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Blaire rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Set in Spain in 1945, this book is unusual in its setting, characters, and themes - a very literary mystery. The political climate in Spain just after the civil war, and with WWII looming on the borders, is interesting and plays a large role in the book. More interesting to me are the cast of characters; particularly the protagonist, Carlos Tejada and his wife Elena. Carlos is from an aristocratic family while Elena is working class with 'Red' sympathies. They make an odd pair, and their class a ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
This novel is intriguing mainly for its setting in post civil-war Spain, a world, from the point of view of a liberal democracy, turned upside down. Lieutenant Carlos Tejada is a politically correct aristocratic fascist and his wife Elena a socialist and, thus, one of the losers and a political liability. The lieutenant is investigating a murder in which both the victim and the prime suspect are members of his own family. The solution to the mystery requires him to sort out both patriarchal expe ...more
Denise Hartman
Oct 15, 2011 Denise Hartman rated it liked it
The Summer Snow is a moody mystery heavy on the characters and lighter on the mystery though there is a distinct mystery being solved. I've lived in Spain and find their civil war era to be hard and rough, but this story boiled down the post war ravages to specific families and people that made the war almost more understandable. The main characters were very strong personalities that you knew when you got done, but some of them were harder to like than others. I think the author did this intent ...more
Jan 05, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
I thought this book was the perhaps the most depressing because I didn't particularly like Tejada's family. Their attitudes and treatment of Elena and Tejada were rather appalling, though not overtly so. I found myself wishing that they could just leave. Also, I was expecting some sort of resolution (in general) as I'd read that this was the last planned Tejada novel. The ending wasn't really a cliffhanger, but it certainly left room for more books about the Tejadas, especially now that Carlos A ...more
Kae Cheatham
Jan 12, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Mystery set in 1940s Spain. Intricate plot as Lt. Carlos Tejada (of the Spanish Guardia) is called back to his hometown of Granada to investigate the death of his aged (and acerbic) great aunt. He takes his family with him, and wife, Elena, keeps him steady through the horrid situation when it seems members of his own family may be responsible. Excellent historical setting and information about post-war Spain. Compelling characters.
Feb 28, 2016 Dhartridge rated it liked it
I liked Death of a Nationalist quite a bit more and could have rated this book two and a half stars, but the setting and time period are interesting to me. The pace here was slow with much domestic detail.On the other hand, a lead character who is not a lonely, hard drinking, tortured soul makes for a change from some other series I've read.
Jan 03, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads, mysteries
Word is that this is the last in the series of four books about a Spanish fascist policeman in the early post-Civil War period (the Spanish one that is) and his much more liberal wife. It's a pity if so, they are all excellent books. I do feel it was not quite up to the standard of the first three; however, meeting the protagonist's aristocratic family alone is worth the reading.
May 06, 2012 Mitzi rated it it was amazing
I have loved reading this series. I am a fan of detective novels and this one set in Spain under Franco is just so interesting. All four in the series are quick, easy, and way fun reads. I highly recommend it. These are old so if you don;t have a reader, you can likely find them in used book stores.
Dec 22, 2007 Erin rated it liked it
I give this book three stars, but one star is for the historical setting of Spain in 1945. So if I take away the fascination with that time and place, then it's a mediocre mystery. All of the main characters were fairly one-dimensional, and consequently uninteresting to me. However I like the pacing of the story as it unfolded and of course, I loved the backdrop of mid-century Madrid.
Jul 30, 2011 Cal rated it it was ok
After Death of a Nationalist I was disapointed with Summer Snow. It presents as well researched
in a convincing setting. I simply found 75% of it uninteresting and too
slow. I like some slower paced books but the revelations offered here do not justify the
time spent (for me).

Sep 25, 2016 Alistair rated it liked it
A falangist policeman enforcing the Francoist tyranny in 1940's Spain.
I end up siding and sympathising with the 'criminals'.

But I enjoyed revisiting places I've been.
Oct 15, 2012 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read and somewhat informative about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. I'm not really into mysteries as a genre which is why it only received 3 stars.
Jemera Rone
Sep 11, 2012 Jemera Rone rated it really liked it
See my review of Death of a Nationalist bty the same writer. This one concerns the death of our hero's relative in Granada, a nationalist stronghold during the recently concluded Spanish Civil War.
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Oct 17, 2009 Gypsy Lady rated it liked it
Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
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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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