- Author Bio
Set between Cubas twenty years apart, Havana native Teresa Dovalpage’s new murder mystery explores lingering grudges between old friends and lovers separated by Castro’s final sanctioned raft exodus.
Juan, a Cuban construction worker who has settled in Albuquerque, returns to Havana for the first time since fleeing Cuba by raft twenty years ago. He is traveling with his American wife, Sharon, and hopes to reconnect with Victor, his best friend from college—and, unbeknownst to Sharon, he also hopes to discover what has become of two ex-girlfriends, Elsa and Rosita.
Juan is surprised to learn that Victor has become Victoria and runs a popular drag show at the local hot spot Café Arabia. Elsa has married a wealthy foreigner, and Rosita, still single, works at the Havana cemetery. When one of these women turns up dead, it will cost Padrino, a Santería priest and former detective on the Havana police force, more than he expects to untangle the group’s lies and hunt down the killer.
Story Locale: Havana, Cuba
AUTHENTIC ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: The same lush travelogue detailing of Death Comes in through the Kitchen.
CULTURAL INSIGHT: A rare look from within at Cuba’s gay and transgender community.
POLITICAL & HISTORICAL: Unpacks the long-term effects of Fidel Castro’s policies and the resulting political split within the Cuban community.
SERIES & STANDALONE POTENTIAL: This novel is in the same world as Teresa’s crime debut and features the same detective, but is from a new POV and takes place over a decade later.
Marketing: Social and digital display advertising to crime fiction readers with an interest in Cuba and Cuban fiction, mystery readers in southern FL, fans of: Leonardo Padura, Leighton Gage, Jose Latour, Walter Moseley, Cristina Garcia, Donna Leon and more.
Print and digital ads with crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.
Featured galley at ALA Midwinter, ABA Winter Institute, and SIBA.
Print and digital trade-facing advertising for this title and imprint-wide.
Outreach to independent bookstores, with particular focus on Mystery specialty stores.
Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com.
Publicity: A fascinating new series set in Havanna, Cuba featuring a detective and Santeria priest. Diverse publicity outreach to mystery and crime reviewers, Cuban interest outlets, and foodie outlets.
Praise for Queen of Bones
“Dovalpage wields her considerable authorial skill in this intricately plotted tale of jealousy, revenge, and the dark side of love.”
—Isabella Maldonado, award–winning author of the Veranda Cruz mysteries
“Queen of Bones is a fast-paced, richly layered tour de force. The twists, turns, and santería rituals that abound in this complex noir will please crime readers and armchair travelers alike. Bravo, Teresa Dovalpage! Encore!”
—Lucha Corpi, author of the Gloria Damasco mysteries
“A story that blends intricate legwork in the name of investigating with a meditation on the meaning of family, nation, and home.”
Praise for Teresa Dovalpage
“Amusing, observant…[A] devastating depiction of prejudice in 1980s Cuba.”
—The Miami Herald
“Dovalpage’s first crime novel is a well-cooked stew of culture and cuisine…[A] stunningly unexpected conclusion.”
—The Taos News
“A rich and perceptive portrayal of daily life in Cuba.”
—Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
“[A] dazzling culinary mystery…Those expecting a traditional food cozy will be happily surprised.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review