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El Alcalde del Crimen / The Mayor of Crime

El Alcalde del Crimen / The Mayor of Crime


Seville 1776. The city is shaken by the appearance of a number of decapitated priests. In every case the corpses show no wounds and there is no sign of blood. Gaspar de Jovellanos, a city judge, helped by Richard Twiss, an intrepid English traveller recently arrived in Spain, and Mariana de Guzmán, a young, intelligent aristocrat who is secretly in love with Gaspar, will begin a frantic search for the murderer, whose ongoing atrocities seem to be foretold by a series of published predictions. As these dizzying events play out, Seville is torn between the fear and inscrutability of the Church and the new ideas of the Enlightenment.

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An excellent historical mystery novel. Remarkable, very readable and well researched and executed by the author.

A fascinating period not often depicted in literature: Seville in the 18th Century. A serial killer spreads terror amongst the people and Church. A fight to the death between the Church and the Enlightenment. A pair of unforgettable protagonists acts out a complex spy plot involving the British Crown and a disappeared shipment of gold.

The novel is enhanced by serious romantic episodes that give the characters (and reader) a break from the crazy pursuit of the murderer.

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Publishing date: 2011/01/11 | 672 pages | ISBN: 978-84-270-3700-7