Mystery Monday | Hungry Ghosts by Peggy Blair

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Peggy Blair
Inspector Ramirez, #3
Advance Reader Copy, 363 pages
Publication date:
June 2015
Simon & Schuster Canada
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Peggy Blair has once again done! Thrilling and compelling, Hungry Ghosts is probably my favourite book of the Inspector Ramirez series to date. In Hungry Ghosts, the mystery this time involves both an art heist in addition to a string of murders of prostitutes in Cuba. Meanwhile, in Northern Ontario in Canada we follow Detective Charlie Pike (who was introduced to readers in the previous book, The Poisoned Pawn) as he investigates a murder of a woman who appears to have been killed in a manner similar to the prostitutes that were killed in Cuba.

What I loved mainly regarding Hungry Ghosts was that I got to revisit the characters again, and learn what’s been happening on with them. I didn’t realize how much I missed Ramirez, Apiro, Maria, Celia and Charlie until I started this book. Fortunately for me it was relatively simple to jump right back into their world even though it’s been awhile since I’ve read the last book. I also found it interesting that we receive further details on Charlie Pike’s back-story as the case he is sent to investigate brings him back to his people. I appreciated reading his back story as it truly builds on his character. In addition, it was fascinating to acquire glimpse of what is life for those living on a reserve. And as always, the plot in Cuba with Inspector Ramirez offers a large amount of insight on what it is like for the locals who in reality live there and it definitely shows throughout the book that the authour has done her research.

Hungry Ghosts is an intriguing page turner that was extremely difficult to put down. Peggy Blair does a brilliant job of telling two separate stories, each with their own twists thrown in and tying it altogether into one book.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.