In Roger and Suzanne’s eighth novel, “Rum, Cigars, and Corpses”, the intrepid couple visits Cuba to investigate an apparent accident that killed an American tourist. To quote Roger, “How can I investigate a suspicious accident that happened several weeks ago on an island where I have no legal standing as an investigator, where the local authorities are almost certainly not going to be cooperative and may even have orchestrated a cover-up, and where the United States government banned travel by U.S. citizens for more than half a century?” He’s right. It isn’t going to be easy. Readers will enjoy an exciting international thriller while getting a good look at contemporary Cuba as described by an author who has recently been there. Can be read as a series entry or a fully standalone novel.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
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The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California’s Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry, a two-time winner of The Indie Book of the Day Award, writes “tweener” mystery books (tough mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader. Several of the books introduce the readers to South America, a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. He and his wife Elaine lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Jerry selects the most interesting South American locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit while solving miscellaneous murders. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Iguazu Falls are also characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real. Jerry and Elaine breed prize-winning German shorthaired pointer dogs; Elaine also provides technical advice for Jerry’s dog-related novels like The Deadly Dog Show and Hunter Down, as well as editing for all of the books. His most recent novel, Rum, Cigars, and Corpses, is set in Cuba.