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A Vine in the Blood by Leighton Gage
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Aug 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mysteries
Recommended for: Those interested in Brazil - Fans of Police Procedurals

So far I have enjoyed all of the Mario Silva books. Each revolves around another aspect of Brazilian society, this one, the love of futbol which is seemingly universal across Brazil. The mother of the star player of the Brazilian soccer team is kidnapped just before the World Cup matches with Argentina - who is reponsible? Silva and his investigative team begin by questioning Argentine exiles in a Sao Paulo bar (hilarious) and the hunt for the kidnappers lead them to the worlds of Brazilian sports, popular entertainment, and the numbers racket before the book's end. His books are not cozies. People die, often senselessly and brutally. In some ways this book is less violent than the others in the series and I would recommend A Vine in the Blood as the book to start with, especially as its sports-related theme dovetails nicely with the 2012 Olympics. And, coincidentally, Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 so I expect as the time gets closer, novels set in Brazil will become more popular.
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Sue Always like to hear about another mystery series.

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