I recently had a book reading of my latest mystery, set in Portugal, Deadly Vintage, released two months ago.
The reading was great fun, despite a small turn out. (I picked the Sunday of Super Bowl play-offs and Dr. King programs!) But the people who came were interested and had good questions, and the interaction felt warm and cozy.
The book itself got a nice write-up this week-end in an online California magazine called Kings River Life Magazine, a cornucopia of information for readers and writers, book lovers and travelers. You can read the review here, and then click around the various departments to have an enjoyable exploration of the magazine.
There’s also a nice giveaway that goes with it, so check it out for more details. For those who don’t win thepurchase link is here.
Meanwhile, here are some pictures of where scenes take place in the book to tease your imagination. If you click on each picture, you’ll learn about how they figure into the story. Enjoy.
A cup from A Brasileira that takes on new importance.
The fountain outside the main plaza and outside Cafe Vianna, one of Carla & Owen’s favorite hang-outs.
The lobby of Centésima Página, a unique bookstore and eatery.
The logo for A Brasileira (which means “The Brazilian Woman.”
Arco da Porta Nova, where a sinister figure follows Maria and Paulo without their immediate knowledge.
The music student Carla often sees around Braga, playing her violin.
The bank where Detective Fernandes is examining fresh information when Carla calls him.
The street entrance to Centésima Página (which means 100th page). There are garden tables in back of the building where Carla and Owen sometimes have lunch.
The Jardim de Santa Barbara, where Carla meets Maria to talk about Maria’s uncle, a wine seller whose body Carla found behind the counter.
Taberna Felix, Carla and Owen’s favorite restaurant.
Cafe Viana at the head of Praça República. Carla and Owen often have a glass of wine here at the end of a tiring day.
The red building is the Museu da Imagem – “Image Museum” – (a photography museum), where Carla tries to talk Paulo into going to the police to tell what he knows.