A Shortcut to Paradise, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A writer is murdered at the Ritz on the night she wins an important literary prize, battered to death with the trophy she has just won.

A satire of the Catalan literary scene dressed up as a hilarious murder mystery


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781904738558



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This is the second in an engaging series about two Barcelona brothers who run an under-the-radar enquiry agency, and I liked it better than number one. The big positive in the first novels -- the pair of brothers, Eduard Martinez and Borja Masdeu -- is still front and center, and even more interesting than they were the first time round. And this one adds two big plusses. The first is a pair of interesting mysteries. Who killed the lady writer? And how will the alibi for the prime suspect come to light? The second is a very funny take on the Catalan literary and university world. Somehow, a lot about it sounds very familiar, far from Catalonia. This is a very good, and very funny, crime novel. I will continue with the series.