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A Not So Perfect Crime (The Borja and Eduard Barcelona Series) epub ebook

by Peter Bush,Teresa Solana

A Not So Perfect Crime (The Borja and Eduard Barcelona Series) epub ebook

Author: Peter Bush,Teresa Solana
Category: Action & Adventure
Language: English
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press; Translation edition (March 1, 2009)
Pages: 286 pages
ISBN: 1904738346
ISBN13: 978-1904738343
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 162
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Series: The Borja and Eduard Barcelona Series (Book 2). Paperback: 286 pages.

Series: The Borja and Eduard Barcelona Series (Book 2). Any crime writer seeking to use Barcelona as a setting must contend with the extremely long shadow cast by the godfather of Spanish crime, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, whose 16-book "Pepe Carvalho" series, which is also set there. Fortunately, Solana manages to make the city sing in the service of her odd couple detecting duo.

Born in 1962, Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona, Spain

Born in 1962, Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona, Spain. She has written several novels, some kept quietly in her drawer, others highly acclaimed. A Not So Perfect Crime, the first in this series, won the 2007 Brigada 21 Prize for the best Catalan mystery novel.

Author: Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona

Author: Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona. She was born there in 1962, studied philosophy at the University of Barcelona and worked as a literary translator and essayist. She has written several novels kept quietly in her drawer. The first novel in this series, A Not So Perfect Crime, won the 2007 Brigada 21 Prize for the best crime novel written in Catalan. The third Borja and Eduard Barcelona satirical Noir (see A Shortcut to Paradise and A Not So Perfect Crime) continues to lampoon the sub-genre while this time also mocking New Age saviors. The enjoyable storyline rotates between the two homicides and Borja's smuggling efforts.

Borja and Eduard by. Teresa Solana, Peter Bush (Translation). Teresa Solana is a Spanish mystery novelist whose book was translated from the original Catalan.

Teresa Solana at Duques d. .Teresa Solana, born in Barcelona, is a novelist, journalist and translator. A Not So Perfect Crime Volumen 2 de The Borja and Eduard Barcelona Series.Leer reseña completa. Otras ediciones - Ver todo. A Not So Perfect Crime Teresa Solana Vista previa restringida - 2009. Critically acclaimed translator known for extensive work on Juan Goytisolo. Also translated Daniel Chavarria and Pedro de Alarcon from Cuba.

Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona. Born in 1962, she studied philosophy and worked as a literary translator and essayist. A Not So Perfect Crime, her first published title, won the 2007 Brigada 21 Prize for the best Catalan mystery novel. About the Author: Teresa Solana,born in Barcelona, is a novelist, journalist and translator.

Eduard is a plump, placid family man in love with his wife. His stylish brother Borja has assumed an aristocratic name, hangs out with rich people and has two girlfriends. Because Eduard is so lacking in elegance, Borja insists they keep their twinship a secret. Their office is like a movie set, and their firm nonexistent for tax purposes. Lacking a detective license, they handle delicate inquiries for wealthy clients as "consultants. A Not So Perfect Crime - Teresa Solana. A Not So Perfect Crime is the first of three (so far) in a series of novels featuring twin brothers Eduard Martínez Estivill and Jose Martínez Estivill, the latter known as Borja Masdéu-Canals Sáez de Astorga to everyone but his brother, who knows him as Pep.

The first novel by a Catalan author, featured guest writer at the latest Frankfurt Book Fair.

Teresa Solana i Mir (born 15 May 1962 in Barcelona, Spain) is a.This is the first story in which there appear the twin investigators Eduard and Borja Masdéu. A Not So Perfect Crime, 2008. Translated by Peter Bush.

Teresa Solana i Mir (born 15 May 1962 in Barcelona, Spain) is a contemporary Spanish writer of crime fiction in Catalan. She studied philosophy and the Classics at Universitat de Barcelona. Her work has been translated to English, French, German, Esperanto, Italian and Spanish. Afterwards she published Drecera al paradís with the same protagonists. In 2010 she published her first, and up to now only, short story collection, Set casos de sang i fetge i una història d'amor.

“A scathing satire of Spanish society, hilarious dialogue, all beautifully dressed up as a crime novel.”—Krimi-Couch

“A first novel that’s spread like wildfire by word of mouth.”—El Avui

“Teresa Solana is great proof of the vitality of the roman noir in Catalan. . . . A wonderfully ironic hymn to the city of Barcelona.”—Diari de Balears

Another day in Barcelona, another slimy politician’s wife is suspected of infidelity. Lluis Font discovers a portrait of his wife in an exhibition that leads him to conclude he is being cuckolded by the artist. Concerned only about the potential political fallout, he hires twins Eduard and Pep, private detectives with a supposed knack for helping the wealthy with their “dirty laundry.” Their office is adorned with false doors leading to nonexistent private rooms, a mysterious secretary who is always away, and a broken laptop computer picked up on the street. The case turns ugly when Font’s wife is found poisoned by a marron glacé from a box of sweets delivered anonymously.

This is a deftly plotted, bitingly funny mystery novel. A satire of Catalan politics and a fascinating insight into the life and habits of Barcelona’s inhabitants, diurnal and nocturnal.

Teresa Solana lives in Barcelona. Born in 1962, she studied philosophy and worked as a literary translator and essayist. She has written several novels kept quietly in her drawer. A Not So Perfect Crime, her first published title, won the 2007 Brigada 21 Prize for the best Catalan mystery novel.

Reviews (7)
Thetath
This is the first novel in an engaging series set in Barcelona. The main draw here is the characters, in particular the two protagonists. They are a pair of brothers who have set up a private enquiry agency, but they are very, very different -- one, in fact, has created a whole new biography for himself. The way they live, their interaction, and their assorted friends and family were interesting enough to keep me reading, and indeed to buy the next book in the series. As to the setting, its social dynamics are interestingly presented, though there is not much that conveys to me a strongly Catalan sense of place. The story, last and unfortunately least, is less than compelling.

Talvinl
This is another treat from Bitter Lemon Press, the UK publisher that has translated a number of foreign crime fiction novels. I learned about this book from their newsletter and promptly ordered it. This is a really intriguing tale - the pace is just right, and the main character (the narrator) is likeable and easy to relate to. I wish I had a map of Barcelona with me (and deep knowledge of Barcelona). You can tell that much of the humor of the novel requires "insider" knowledge of Barcelona and Spanish "high society." However - it is impressive that the novel is a heck of a good read, even if you don't have that perspective (I certainly did not). I read the whole novel in 1 sitting - it just pulled me in and pulled me along. You can enjoy it on many levels - for the richly drawn characters, the light humor, the plot twists and turns or simply as a travel diary - a glimpse into European life. I recommend it!

Golkree
ok mystery

Vishura
The author spins an interesting tale, with eccentric characters. Her locale is authentic giving local color as added attraction. But the gentle humor is what delighted me. I.d be happy to read another's books. Also, the translation is excellent.

ZEr0
Well-written, some neat observations on high society in Barcelona and well-drawn main characters, especially the twin brothers. The ending came out of nowhere - I thought. I sense that the unfolding of the mystery is less important than the atmosphere and the social dilemmas that the protagonists find themselves in

Hallolan
This is a very informative but also funny book,different from some others of the genre.Genuinely like the two main characters-secret twin brothers-and for someone like me who has never been to Spain,I am learning a lot,something which attracts me to a book.
The action moves swiftly with sufficient twists and turns to keep you reading while the chaotic lifestyle of the characters-surely not everyone in Spain lives like this?-keeps you laughing.An intriguing book,cleverly written.

Zulkishicage
Any crime writer seeking to use Barcelona as a setting must contend with the extremely long shadow cast by the godfather of Spanish crime, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, whose 16-book "Pepe Carvalho" series, which is also set there. Fortunately, Solana manages to make the city sing in the service of her odd couple detecting duo. Eduard and Borja are the middle-aged co-directors of a slightly shady firm of "fixers" consisting of themselves, a fictional secretary represented by an artfully draped shawl and timely spritzes of perfume, and a small entry room with a fancy faux door to their perpetually "under construction" main office.

Their off-the-books quasi detective agency runs on an artfully cultivated reputation for total discretion, which allows them to float into the upper reaches of society while not having to do anything actually illegal. In this debut, the two are asked by a prominent politician to investigate how his wife came to pose for a painting he knew nothing about (the subtext being a question about her marital fidelity). For a while, this allows Eduard and Borja to drive around Barcelona in a borrowed Smart car, trailing her to a succession of upscale shops, fancy cafes, and hairdressers. However, when she turns up poisoned, they suddenly realize that they've landed themselves in something rather more serious than they expected (or are really prepared to deal with).

Meanwhile, there's a nice domestic backdrop to all this, as we meet Eduard's wife and children, and Borja attempts to escape the romantic attentions of Eduard's sister-in-law. Eduard is the prototypical Watson, narrating the story in the wake of his more flamboyant and risk-taking partner, living a stable family life while Eduard lives in an apartment provided by his married girlfriend. The two are different enough to be good foils to each other, yet not so much so that their friendship strains the reader's credulity -- and oh yes, did I mention, they're secretly twins!

There's a very nice comic streak throughout the tale, and the elements (blackmail, false names, switcheroos, etc.) are quite old-fashioned in many ways. And the story unfolds quite nicely, allowing the author to tweak the noses of Barcelona's upper crust and political elite, while delivering a good sense of the city. The only letdown is in the final unmasking of the murderer, which strikes the only false note in the book and is somewhat disappointing, given the quality of the rest of the book. The book appears to be the launch of a series, as the secret brothers are a nice platform for further adventures, and there remains a great deal of murkiness to their shared history that seems destined to be revealed.

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