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The Good Suicides

(Inspector Salgado #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  952 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Inspector Hector Salgado, the salty hero of The Summer of Dead Toys, returns in another crime thriller set in Barcelona during a cold snap.

Senior staff at Alemany Cosmetics come home with a secret after a team-building retreat in a remote country house.  Each has anonymously received a photo showing dogs hanging dead from a tree near the farm. Now they're committing suicid
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Crown (first published 2012)
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Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having really enjoyed The Summer of Dead Toys I was keen to read the next novel featuring Inspector Hector Salgado. The first book was set in a sweltering, Barcelona summer, but now it is winter and events from the summer have bled into this story. Leire Castro, who was partnered with Salgado in the last mystery, is now on maternity leave. However, with Salgado's ex-wife, Ruth, still missing after the Summer of Dead Toys, she decides to do a little investigating on her own time. That side story ...more
L.A. Starks
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great setting (Barcelona), well-done translation, memorable characters, and Hill kept me guessing until the end. Definitely an author to follow.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book free from Firstreads. This is my honest review.

Barcelona is the setting for this second Inspector Hector Salgado mystery. Though his wife went missing in book one, the police force seems to have given up the search for her. But, Salgado's policewoman partner, Leire, is bored while awaiting the birth of her child, so she secretly takes up the search again.

Meanwhile, Salgado has gotten a strange case to solve . Two people who went on an Alemany Cosmetics Company retreat have commi
Robert Intriago
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2014
A good mystery but nothing out of the ordinary. It has a good narrative, interesting characters and a great setting: Barcelona. The story revolves around 8 employees that attend a "team-building" seminar in which an occurrence leads them to take an oath not to divulge the incident. This situation leads to 3 suicides to take place in a short period of time. Inspector Salgado, an Argentinian, whose wife, Ruth, has recently disappeared is assigned to the investigation. While Inspector Salgado is in ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I seem like to be in the minority with my assessment of this book. I did like it but found all of the names confusing and it took me a while to figure out which character I was following. Executives from a cosmetic company go on a retreat and then start committing suicide. Why you ask? Something must have happened on the retreat right? What did happen was not as shocking as I would hav hoped or thought. Just ok for me.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Too many side characters that confuse but not enhance the main mystery. It created a sluggish book. Leire’s investigating Ruth’s disappearance behind Salgado’s back is just far fetched and distracting from the book’s credibility. Clearly setting up for book 3, which apparently hasn’t been translated to English yet.
Sharon Bodnar
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguingly complex plot, interesting characters and set in Barcelona, Spain. First time I read this author and enjoyed his writing style.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a mobile phone, a photograph of a tree, and hanging from its branches - “The rigid bodies of three hanged dogs.”

A shocking image! Imagine the thoughts and feelings of the business executives who came across these dogs whilst out on yet another exercise in their team¬-building course. But who would take a photograph of this horrific scene, and why would it be sent to the mobile phone of one of the staff, just before she threw herself in front of a metro train? Inspector Héctor Salgado is intri
Sera Morgan
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel was very engaging. I like Inspector Hector Salgado very much. But this novel was also frustrating for many reasons: 1) Too many characters. I was keeping a list of them all so I could try to keep up, but it was difficult. 2) Unanswered questions. In the end, I still don't understand why there are dead dogs hanging from a tree, nor do I know what happened to Salgado's ex-wife, who has disappeared. 3) The novel is too long. This may be due to #1. There are so many characters to introduc ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This book tells an original story, but is a slow moving mystery, not a thriller in spite of its title. It begins with an apparent murder/suicide committed by an employee of a Barcelona cosmetics company. A second suicide by a colleague of the presumed murderer causes Inspector Héctor Salgado and the rest of the police department to focus their investigation on the secrets of a small group of executives at the company. This case comprises the majority of the book, however a concurrent investigati ...more
Barry Hammond
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "The Summer of Dead Toys," his first novel in the Barcelona-based Inspector Hector Selgado series, Antonio Hill established both an interesting cast of characters and presented himself as a story-teller to be reckoned with. As impressive as his debut was, his second book in the series, "The Good Suicides," takes things further. With three suicides within a cosmetics company and nothing but the image of a tree with dead dogs hanging from it to link them together, Selgado must solve a bizzare m ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I have never read The Summer of Dead Toys book one of the Inspector Hector Salgado books. However I have seen it around and thought about checking it out. Thus when I saw this book and read the premise of it, I thought ok now is the time to finally check this author out. I do have to say that I did like this author. I think Ms. Hill does have a good talent for writing and telling a good story. I did like this book. What I did not like was that even though the chapters and sections were quick rea ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
police procedural set in Barcelona (this is an English translation of a Spanish novel)

3 suspicious suicides (and one of the suicides first kills his wife and daughter) by employees who all work for the same company

pacing was a bit slow in places . . . ending was a bit disappointing and even somewhat far-fetched . . . still, a solid mystery novel

didn't know going in, but this is the second in a series featuring the same detectives . . . while I liked (but didn't love) this novel, I didn't like it
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these novels. This second installment in the Inspector Salgado series was just as engaging as the first- the mystery was twisted enough to keep me in the dark until the reveal (although this might be because there were so many characters to keep straight), and the personal lives of the main characters are intriguing in their own right. I'm really disappointed that the next book hasn't been translated yet, despite being published 3 years ago. It doesn't give me much hope that I wil ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started the trilogy by reading the middle one first (this one) and I didn't even know it was part of a bigger series. So I was pretty worried about having missed a point with Ruth Valldaura's case, which I now know I didn't. I thought: "an open end that makes no sense to me. Duh!" Anyway, there's a third part (and a first as well!) I should read, and I've enjoyed this one so much that they are the ones I'm going to get now.
Linda Friedrich
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery Favorite

Hector Salgado has now become one of my favorite characters, and Antonio Hill a favorite author. His endings guarantee that I will wait anxiously for the next book in this series.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Spanish author's 2nd detective novel. interesting plot, nice framing of life in Barcelona, which is where I'd like to be!

Need to read 1st and 3rd book are there is a thread that must have started in book 1 and goes into book 3 for sure. not a distraction from the main story though.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Not an easy read. Difficult to get into and the ending was blah. Won't be reading another by this author.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, the author is much better than most Scandinavian authors I know. I fear that I will be called out for saying this but I really enjoyed this book. I liked it more than Jo Nesbo's books.
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Several friends are part of an accident and a major coverup follows.
Michelle Lancaster
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Good Suicides, Antonio Hill
Crown Publishers
$26, 352 pgs

“He’d always found it strange that the Church condemned them irrevocably. There was no justification that might absolve those who killed themselves. There were no good or bad suicides. The same punishment was inflicted on them all, without exception and without taking their previous path into account. Taking one’s life was the ultimate sin. But if we don’t even have that, what is left to us? Héctor said to himself…”

Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hector Salgado has yet another gut punch of a case to solve in Barcelona: the suicides of three employees of the same cosmetics company. They all attended the same company retreat, and they all came across something incredibly disturbing. But is that enough to cause three people to take their own lives?

Meanwhile, Hector is also trying to piece together what happened to his estranged wife Ruth six months before at the end of The Summer of Dead Toys. His nemesis claimed responsibility- but he's de
Amy Yingling
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Scary looking dog on the cover freaked me out every time my eyes happened to fall upon it. Talk about how a book's cover can effect how you feel about the book and this one sets a menacing tone to go along with the inside contents, yes I was actually freaked about what was going to be inside before I even opened the book up. Aaahh, the power of a book's cover!

Okay so onto The Good Suicides...
The book picks up almost a year after the end of the last book in this series, The Summer of Dead Toys, a
Spontaneous Uniq
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Antonio Hill strikes again! After reading my first book, "The Summer of Dead Toys" by Antonio Hill, I had to pick up his second book in the series, "The Good Suicides." Honestly, Antonio Hill is a brilliant author who has captivated me from the first book!

In "The Good Suicides," the story continues with Inspector Selgado, this time investigating a string of supposed "suicides" that seem to be taking place among the employees of Alemany Cosmetics. The only thing that doesn't make sense is "what i
I met Inspector Hector Salgado last year, through Summer of Dead Toys. Our meeting was cordial, as two strangers often are when they first are introduced. His line of work is complex, dangerous; his intelligence strong, perceptive; his temper volatile. And by the end of things, his personal life was in an even deeper turmoil than at the start. I was hooked, but our relationship could not progress -- until I got a copy of The Good Suicides.

The Good Suicides is the second Salgado book by Antonio
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Antonio Hill’s good-paced crime story set in Barcelona and featuring the Argentina-born detective, Inspector Salgado offers a very refreshing break from Scandinavian thrillers with clear-cut characters, intriguing plots and astute observations of human nature.

In The Good Suicides (the follow-up to The Summer of Dead Toys), we return to Barcelona, where Inspector Salgado is grappling with the inexplicable disappearance of his ex-wife, Ruth. His boss decides to unofficially hand this cold case ove
Darlene Cruz
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Good Suicides wheels a tale of mystery and intriguing "whodunit" style read. Set in Barcelona, Inspector Hector Salgado investigate apparent suicides. Both victims works for the same company, Alemany Cosmetic. His side kick, Sergeant Leire Castro on maternity leave decides to do her own investigation. Who is she investigating? Her partner, Inspector Hector Salgado's estranged wife Ruth disappearance. Now Inspector Hector Salgado investigation takes him to a cosmetic firm, Alemany Cosmetic, w ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

By Antonio Hill

The email arrived with only two words written on the page NEVER FORGET accompanied with an attachment once opened the shocking appearance of three dogs hanging rigidly from a tree. ….And so begins the second novel of the Hector Salgado detective thrillers. The first installment entitled THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS introduced the detective investigating a case woven into the world of dark voodoo targeting Salgado’s wife Ruth.
Translated from the Spanish bestsellers, Mr.
I won an ARC of this novel courtesy of the GoodReads First Reads programme. This review in its entirety was originally posted at

It took a chapter or two to orient me to the story–the first chapter was especially chilling, setting up the mystery of the overall story–but once the story and the characters were introduced, I couldn’t quite put it down. There’s so much mystery behind all of the characters involved and surrounding all of th
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Antonio Hill is a Spanish author. His first novel, El verano de los juguetes muertos (The summer of the dead toys), has had a great success and it has received many excellent reviews.

Toni Hill was born in 1966, in Barcelona (Spain). He is a Bachelor of Psychology. He has worked for over ten years as a literary translator with Random House Mondadori, S.A., one of the leaders in edition and distribu

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