Another day in Barcelona, another slimy politician’s wife is suspected of infidelity. Lluis Font discovers a portrait of his wife in an exhibition that leads him to conclude he is being cuckolded by the artist. Concerned only about the potential political fallout, he hires twins Eduard and Pep, private detectives with a supposed knack for helping the wealthy with their ‘dirty laundry’. Their office is adorned with false doors leading to non-existent private rooms, a mysterious secretary who is always away and a broken laptop computer picked up on the street. The case turns ugly when Font’s wife is found poisoned by a marron glacé from a box of sweets delivered anonymously.
This is a deftly plotted, bitingly funny mystery novel. A satire of Catalan politics and a fascinating insight into the life and habits of Barcelona’s inhabitants, diurnal and nocturnal.
Teresa Solana was born in Barcelona in 1962 where she currently lives. A philosopher by training and a fan of the Classical world...
Peter Bush is an award-winning translator who lives in Barcelona. As well as translating Padura's Havana quintet and Solana's Barcelona trio, he has recently translated short story collections by Quim Monzó and Francesc Serés from Catalan and surrealistic satires by Juan Goytisolo and Ramón Valle-Inclán from Spanish.
Praise for A Not So Perfect Crime
'Perfect summer reading-indeed thoroughly enjoyable any time...' Crime Time
'Solana's stylish and witty debut makes entertaining reading.' The Telegraph