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Desert Blood by Alicia Gaspar De Alba
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Sep 30, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-suspense
Read from September 30 to October 01, 2010

Finally deciding to become a parent, Ivon (whose last name escapes me) returns home to El Paso to adopt a child. However, once there, circumstances change as the unborn baby and its mother are murdered. Soon, Ivon finds herself embroiled in the midst of a mystery that may reach all the way to the top of the Mexican government.

Wow, talk about dramatic and multi-layered. Every chapter it seemed like some new twist and depth was discovered. At times, it seemed like a little much - I mean, there are only so many twists I can believe. However, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. It was compelling and interesting and I loved trying to figure out the mystery and all the intricacies surrounding it. My biggest problem would have to be with the somewhat stereotypical characters. Ivon is an amateur detective - a Ph.D. who gets swept up in dramatic circumstances. She is also a lesbian. And she probably couldn't be a more stereotypical butch lesbian with an overly emotional femme partner. Her characterization and the lack of really well-developed secondary characters are where the novel fell short for me.

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