A Shortcut to Paradise (The Borja and Eduard Barcelona Series)

By Teresa Solana

Praise for Teresa Solana:

"Solana's very good novel, set within the streets and parlors of Barcelona, bargains either probing social statement and a very good crime story."—Booklist

"Solana's glowing novel pokes sharp enjoyable at Catalan politics, society and pretensions. The brothers bumble and stumble to the reality and confidently to extra adventures."—Publishers Weekly

Marina Dolç, media determine and author of bestsellers, is murdered in on the Ritz in Barcelona at the evening she wins an incredible literary prize. The killer has battered her to dying with the trophy she has simply gained. The detective twins Borja and Eduard are plunged into the murky waters of the bookish Barcelona scene and wish all their wit and abilities of improvisation to unravel this situation of truncated literary lives.

As in A now not So ideal Crime, Teresa Solana combines humor and roman noir in a severe portrait of latest society, subsequently with writers because the protagonists. The homicide path results in the main not likely areas in hilarious scenes beneficial of Tom Sharpe, no matter if within the sausage-making city of Vic, the packed cells of the infamous Modelo felony, or a literary occasion the place site visitors get excessive on loaded canapés.

Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona. Born in 1962, she studied philosophy and labored as a literary translator and essayist. She has written a number of novels saved quietly in her drawer. A no longer So ideal Crime, her first released identify, received the 2007 Brigada 21 Prize for the simplest Catalan secret novel.

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It was once Borja’s flip and he ultimately reacted. “We’re right here to aid throw gentle at the homicide of Marina Dolç,” he stated with remarkable sang-froid as he permitted the Inspector’s invitation to sit. “Is my identify that vital? ” “That depends,” the Inspector spoke back in that very same tender tone. “What do you're thinking that? ” “I imagine that in the event you had believed my identify is critical and I’d infringed the legislations ultimately, you will have arrested me by way of now,” he spoke back very intelligently. “I think, Mr Masdéu and Mr Martínez, that a few day the taxman will scare the pants off you. ” The Inspector acted as though he used to be approximately to grin however it got here to not anything. “We’re too busy right here for the instant. inform me what i will do for you. ” “In fact,” my brother boasted, “we’re those who can do whatever for you. we all know who killed Marina Dolç. ” “Oh, so that’s it, is it? You’re at the past due part, simply because we all know too. certainly, Mr Masdéu, we not just recognize who it really is, yet we now have him locked up within the version. Or don’t you learn the newspapers? ” “You are unsuitable. It wasn’t Amadeu Cabestany. when you have 5 mins, we’ll let you know why,” my brother retaliated. “Five mins sounds approximately right,” acknowledged the Inspector with a touch of a grin. I felt he used to be fiddling with us. Borja took a breath and instructed him succinctly that we have been operating for Clàudia Agulló, that we’d reconstructed the occasions on the Ritz the day past and had drawn a couple of conclusions. He instructed him the idea constructed via Lluís Arquer (without declaring his name), and the way we’d reached the realization that Oriol Sureda used to be to blame. Borja stated not anything concerning the name from the mugger. i assume he was once holding that card up his sleeve as a final hotel. “Yes,” responded the Inspector, “we are acutely aware you're operating for Clàudia Agulló. And that you simply have been additionally a decisive think about wrapping up the Lídia Font homicide case,” the Inspector persisted unperturbed. “The fact is, Mr Masdéu, that we all know plenty approximately you either after your involvement if so. all the way down to the color of your underpants. ” Borja became pink back and swallowed. I observed myself handcuffed and on my technique to the Carrer Entença and my legs went all wobbly. thankfully the Inspector didn’t appear in any respect attracted to me and in simple terms spoke to Borja. “The color of my underpants,” retorted Borja, getting better from that reasonable jibe, “is beside the point. we will be able to speak about that later, when you so want, yet what I simply informed you is that we've got came across who killed Marina Dolç. ” Inspector Badia smiled, clasped his palms above the desk and rested his chin on them. He was once like a instructor approximately to offer a scholar his end-of-term mark. “I may well agree that every thing you’ve simply instructed me is eminently moderate. certainly creative and moderate. yet you haven't any proof. now not a shred. ” “That’s why we're the following. ” “And in addition to” – the Inspector wasn’t in any respect amused through that interruption – “your element of departure is that Amadeu Cabestany is blameless. we begin from the other speculation. ” “Yes, a speculation that's easily in keeping with the statements from a few witnesses who say Amadeu Cabestany used to be incensed via the actual fact he’d no longer received the prize.

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