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Collection of first time short mystery fiction by Latino authors who have pioneered the genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods & realities. Contains both stylistically & ethnically diverse stories that run the gamut of the genre, from traditional to noir, private eye to police procedural, even chick lit.

This anthology features the work of Mario Acevedo, Lucha Corpi, Sarah Cortez, Carolina García-Aguilera, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Carlos Hernandez, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Bertha Jacobson, John Lantigua, Arthur Muñoz, R. Narvarez, L.M. Quinn, Manuel Ramos, S. Ramos O’Briant, A.E. Roman, Steven Torres and Sergio Troncoso. All accomplished authors in their own right.

As the title hints, the stories included in this anthology have Latino undertones, yet these aren’t your traditional chupacabra stories. These here run the gammut of losing souls to teaching people lessons. With each story being short, the longest of them running only about 10 pages long, I was able to get a feel about all these authors just enough that I moved to look up further works by them.

I must admit when I first began reading this book, I was confused. Half way through the first story I was wondering where the mystery was. Once I reached the second story, I realized this collection is a throwback to pure mystery rather than the “in your face” type we often read nowadays. It was such a pleasure reading knowing that the authors wrote while thinking of the reader. I had to try to figure out what the twist was going to be in the end. I knew one was coming and most of the time I was caught off guard.

I enjoyed these short stories and the fact that the book was published by, edited by and written by Latino authors was icing on the cake for me.

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