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Havana Homicide Goes Deep!

All right, I suppose it would be more accurate to announce that “Havana Homicide goes BROAD” but, hey, this is football season, right!

Anyway, in addition to its existing availability through Amazon, Havana Homicide is also now available from the Apple iBooks Store, as well as other e-book outlets.

So who needs Monday Night Football–especially when it’s the 5-6 Colts vs the 3-8 Jets–when there’s Havana Homicide to make your Monday night more interesting!

Fidel May Be Dead, But Havana Homicide Is Now Alive!

The setting for Havana Homicide seemed very timely when I sat down to begin work on the book last Spring, but with the recent death of Fidel Castro it has become even more topical. And while the book doesn’t attempt to double as a primer on Cuban history, much of it is set against a backdrop of mid-century Havana. Personal memories might well be jogged, at least among readers of a certain age, by scenes set in the 1950s vibrant pre-Castro city, as well as those taking place before, during and after the Bay of Pigs invasion.

In any case, Havana Homicide is now available from Amazon, although it will likely be a week or so until it also becomes available through the Apple Store and other e-book outlets.

As the Amazon teaser puts it:

Havana Homicide is the latest in the Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries series. Something as prosaic as a police chiefs convention brings Carina to Havana but she’s got way stronger Cuban connections than that. Her grandparents emigrated from Cuba just before Castro’s revolution, bringing Carina’s Cuban-born father to the the United States. And her family history, particularly that of her tough guy grandfather, who ran a casino in Havana for the mob before the revolution and who died before she was born, is woven into the plot. Murder abounds; it is, after all, a Carina Quintana Murder Mystery!  Here, though, the killer does not seem to care how much evidence he leaves behind. Catch me if you can seems to be his mantra, or his dare. But the manner in which present day killings in Florida intersect with much earlier crimes in Havana drives the twists and turns of the complex story. And Carina is not the only present day figure with descendants that influence current events, nor, it turns out, is she the only one with connections to her grandfather. Carina’s wife Alice is along for the ride, of course, as is Carina’s team of Fort Lauderdale PD detectives. But for Havana Homicide the devil is in the antagonists, including a Steve Jobs-like fellow with more than a little fascinating history of his own and a Cuban secret policeman with a long memory and a few of his own surprises.

But on your seats belts, it is going to be a bumpy ride!

Havana Homicide

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve added a post, too long, in fact. But I’ve been busy working on a new book and didn’t want to do “the reveal” until it was nearly done. And now it is!

As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, the new book is called Havana Homicide and, yes, it is–or will be–the latest in the Carina Quintana Murder Mysteries series. But if you’re thinking that all the news about Cuba opening up to American visitors and such was the impetus for adopting it as a prime locale for the story, you’d only be partly right. All the talk and air play certainly elevated it to the front of my mind, but the fact is that Cuba’s been in my thoughts for many years.  My parents spent their honeymoon in Havana in 1946 and my beautiful wife visited with her mom and grandmother when she was small. Oh, and the first short series of books I wrote (but did not publish) years ago, the Hunter novels, all took place there.

So what is it that brings Carina to Havana now? It’s something as prosaic as a police chiefs convention that takes place there but she’s got way stronger connections than that. Her grandparents emigrated from Cuba just before Castro’s revolution, bringing Carina’s Cuban-born father to the the United States. And her family history, particularly that of her tough guy abuelo, who ran a casino in Havana for the mob before the revolution and who died before she was born, is woven into the plot.

Murder abounds; it is, after all, a Carina murder mystery! But the manner in which present day killings in Florida intersect with much earlier crimes in Havana drives the twists and turns of the complex story. And Carina is not the only present day figure with descendants that influence current events–or, it turns out, with connections to her grandfather.

Carina’s wife Alice is along for the ride, of course, as is Carina’s team of Ft. Lauderdale PD detectives. But for Havana Homicide the devil is in the antagonists, including a Steve Jobs-like fellow with more than a little fascinating history of his own and a Cuban secret policeman with a long memory and a few of his own surprises.

Havana Homicide is nearing completion and I expect it to be published in time for holiday reading. That should give you time to catch up on any of the seven earlier Carina books you might have missed or, if you’re in a sci-fi state of mind, Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears.

Happy reading!

Summer Reading Season

…is coming to a close! So if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to go to Amazon or Apple iBooks and get yourself a copy of the latest Carina Quintana Murder Mystery–Money Side Up–to complete your summer reading.

Of course, if you missed the seven Carina books that preceded Money Side Up, those just happen to be available from the same sources! Those are:

Late Boomer

 Roomer Has It

 White Tie & Tales

 Dead On a Rival

 Loose Canon

 All the Rage

And last but not at all least, if you’re more in the mood to finish your summer reading off with some great sci-fi/romance, pick up a copy of Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears from the same source, in either e-book or paperback.

And enjoy the rest of your summer!

The Review Is In!

My diversion (divergence?!?) into sci-fi has now been reviewed by Kirkus Indie, the largest reviewer of independent books, and the news is pretty darn good. After parsing the plot, Kirkus goes on to say this about Dark Fire; Yesterday’s Tears:

By novel’s end, the [time travel] device is deployed several times in a fast-paced series of
showdowns, with [the female protagonist]Sim lost at one point and the U.S. president trying to snag the time machine. Benson (Money Side Up, 2016, etc.) shifts gears from his previous Carina Quintana police procedurals/mysteries to produce an entertaining romance/spy mashup that lays the groundwork for his next series. The novel is best at establishing its Duff/Sim tensions, with a particularly engaging emotional payoff in this couple’s lightning round of resurrections/meetings….[T]his is an enjoyable tale and a promising series launch. A clever, satisfying time-bending love story and adventure.

So, if you haven’t already, go snag a copy (paperback or electronic) of Dark Fire: Yesterday’s Tears. It will make great summer/beach reading!

How About a Little Weekend Reading For a Change??

There are seven Carina Quintana Mysteries to choose from, all available from Amazon or the Apple/iBooks store–

–Late Boomer

–Roomer Has It

–White Tie & Tales

–Dead On a Rival

–Loose Canon

–All the Rage

–Money Side Up

Or, if you’re more in the mood for a sci-fi/action adventure with a healthy dose of romance, you could always try Dark Fire; Yesterday’s Tears, available from Amazon in either e-book or convenient paperback formats!

Whatever you choose, have a great weekend!

Five-Star Review!

On Friday, I noticed five stars and the following review on the Amazon sales page for Money Side Up:

“Carina is back at it again! Great to read a series of books with such a strong female! [Benson] never fails to keep you guessing where the plot will go and I definitely didn’t see this one coming! Must read!”

So, if your weekend plans haven’t quite lasted the entire weekend, download a copy of Money Side Up by David M Benson now from Amazon.com (or Apple iBooks) and the last part of your weekend will be great!