Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage

The Publisher’s blurb reads: ‘When the son of Venezuela’s Foreign Minister is found dead in his apartment in Brasilia, Mario Silva is called to investigate due to the political nature of the crime. He soon discovers that a chain of killings have occurred throughout Brazil, all with the same “modus operandi”: victims are shot first in the stomach, then beaten up to death, and even more puzzling, they were all passengers on TAB flight 8101 from Miami to Sao Paulo.’

Every Bitter Thing is the fourth book in Chief Inspector Mario Silva series by Leighton Gage. I have read before Blood of the Wicked, the first in the series, you can read my blog post HERE. This is what Leighton Gage has to say about his main character:

Mario (Silva) is a federal cop. In Brazil, there’s no DEA, no ATF, no Secret Service, no Customs and Immigration Service, no Department of Homeland Security. And most police departments don’t have internal affairs departments. All of those functions, and more, are within the purview of the Brazilian Federal Police. And their mandate is national. So Silva and his colleagues get to travel all over the country and deal with every conceivable kind of crime. That gives me an opportunity to make each one of the books very different. Example: “Blood of the Wicked”, the first in the series, deals with issues like liberation theology, and the land wars, the battles between the haves and have-nots. “Dying Gasp”, the third, deals with the sexual exploitation of minors in Brazil’s northeast, while book four,”A Vine in the Blood”, involves a serial killer and is a more conventional mystery.’ (Taken from a A Visit with Leighton Gage at Mysterious Writers).

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it for various reasons. It is very well written and keeps the reader’s attention all along its pages. There is a nice plot twist at the very end when the solution of the case seems to be at a dead end. It is also rich in interesting dialogues which are dotted with small doses of humour and full of criticism. The action is set in different sites of Brazil and it has a great sense of place with abundant information about some peculiar locations. The main character is endearing, all the characters are believable, and the bizarre story is plausible. Last but not least it has some thought-provoking topics. I’m sure I’ll read the rest of the books in the series and although this one in particular can be read independently as far as I know it is better to read in order the previous two, Buried Strangers and Dying Gasp, due to the evolution of some common characters. All in all a very satisfying reading.

I received an ARC copy of this book from the author.

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The Chief Inspector Mario Silva series: Blood of the Wicked (2008), Buried Strangers (2009), Dying Gasp (2010), Every Bitter Thing (2010), A Vine in the Blood (2011).

Every Bitter Thing has been reviewed by Murder by Type, Reviewing the Evidence, The Drowning Machine, The Big Thrill, International Noir Fiction, Crime Scraps, DJ’S Krimiblog, Lesa’s Books Critiques, Mostly Fiction Book Reviews, amongst others.

9mm: An interview with Leighton Gage

This Week’s Guest Blogger: Author Leighton Gage

Leighton Gage webpage

Soho Press

Leighton Gage, together with other international writers, blogs at Murder is Everywhere, his blog posts about Brazil are very interesting and educational.

Author: Leighton Gage

Title: Every Bitter Thing

Soho crime, 2010

pages: 282

ISBN: 978-1-56947-845-5

Enrique Morente in Memoriam


Enrique Morente, one of Spain’s top flamenco singers, died yesterday in Madrid, he was 67. La Luz Hospital said Morente died on Monday but did not specify the cause. The hospital said in a statement that Morente underwent surgery Dec. 4 and again two days later following complications. Admired for his constant efforts to modernize and innovate flamenco, Morente was the first flamenco artist to receive the Culture Ministry’s National Music Award, in 1994. He was married to dancer Aurora Carbonell. They had three daughters, one of them the popular flamenco singer Estrella Morente. Descanse en Paz, Maestro.

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