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Velvet Was the Night
Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a riveting noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome thug, and the mystery of the missing woman that brings them together. 1970s Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger. Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman--and journeying deeper into Leonora's secret life of student radicals and dissidents. Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric thug who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock 'n' roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance--and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music, and the unspoken loneliness of his heart. Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the secrets behind Leonora's disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies aiming to protect Leonora's secrets--at gunpoint. Their lives become more colorful than comics, more passionate than a pop song, and stranger than pulp fiction.
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Melismatic
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I loved how music was a thru line for this book. The plot was a little slow but well described. A true noir mystery even tho the “turn” wasn‘t much of a surprise. Pic is from a concert I went to this week for ATEEZ.

Right under the wire yesterday for #AuthorAMonth

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BookwormAHN
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Set in Mexico in the 1970 during a time student protests, Maite, who is trying to ignore all of that gets caught in the middle when her neighbor goes missing. Mostly Maite just wants to read her comic books and listen to her records 🧡
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#AuthorOfTheMonth @Soubhiville
#NoShameReadathon22 #Noir @Nessavamusic

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
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DHill
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A solid “meh.” This is my second Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I preferred Mexican Gothic though not by much. They both stayed just on the periphery of my interest.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

SamAnne My favorite of hers is Certain Dark Things. Yeah, this one was a meh for me too. 3d
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Larkken
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I love Moreno-Garcia‘s references, so I was excited for this month‘s #aam - but tho I think this book is solid, I didn‘t connect with it as much as I wanted to and I think that is because the author didn‘t lean in to the noir aspects as much as she could have. Things I liked: hearing more about living in Mexico City during the student riots, the references to another country‘s cultural touchstones like their noir and graphic novel traditions.

Larkken Pic from a noir movie from Mexico, for more see https://bampfa.org/program/mexican-film-noir 5d
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murfman
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A great noir set in the political and social upheaval that was Mexico City in the 1970s. I quite liked it, which is exactly what I expected from Moreno-Garcia.

I fell slightly behind recently on updating here.

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DHill
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My hold finally came in so now I can finish November with my #AuthorAMonth book. Yay!

@Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! Hope you like it. 1w
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

#AAM This was ok. I was invested in the story, billed as #MexicanNoir but I definitely felt my mind wandering often. I‘m not sure the reader was the right choice, although I found her narration pleasant enough. I still think the cover is 5 stars!!! I‘d say #BorrowNotBuy
Low pick but a good choice for #Mexico #ReadingAmericas2023

Megabooks I bailed on this 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Cinfhen You didn‘t miss much- it‘s a slow burn - communist red scare/CIA interfering in Mexico 🇲🇽 @Megabooks I think it would make a good Quentin Tarantino movie 🍿 3w
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Cinfhen
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#AAM @Soubhiville If nothing else I‘m LOVING the cover!!! And I‘m enjoying the narration too.

Soubhiville Yes, I love this one too! 3w
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mjtwo
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Panpan

6-9 Oct 22 (audiobook)
The note from the author at the end referred to this novel as ‘pulp fiction‘, which did make me revise my view. It was of its genre - focused on organised crime, violence and corruption. But the heroine was shallow and stupid, with few redeeming features. Elvis was somewhat better in that he had few choices. Less forgivable for me was the stodgy writing and stilted dialogue. An Obama recommendation I did not enjoy.

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TripleS
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Visited Chicago to run the Chicago Marathon. Had to hit up an indie bookstore while there. Enjoyed a couple chapters with a beer on the river.

GinaKButler Congrats on your race! 👊🏼 2mo
Chrissyreadit How was the marathon? Congrats on running it! 2mo
TripleS @Chrissyreadit Thanks!! It was an amazing experience!!! 2mo
TripleS @GinaKButler Thank you!! 2mo
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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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2.5 stars I REALLY disliked Maite. She was annoying and didn't like animals! Also, her dreamer mentality was irritating. As was her obsession with Secret Romance. I LOVE some books but I don't compare real life to them, because that's just unreasonable! I much preferred Elvis! I saw the "twist" coming miles away, so overall a disappointment especially as I enjoyed Mexican Gothic! The narrator was decent.

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DimeryRene
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Really liked this one. Sort of slow, but intriguing. I liked the duel narratives sort of circling each other and catching up and missing each other just by a few steps. *Google image

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Mehso-so

I find Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s prose stiff and unemotional, and I struggled with that more in this book than Mexican Gothic… probably because the latter had so many things I love in it, and this didn‘t particularly! Maite isn‘t a terribly compelling protagonist, though I did feel for her. The story was interesting and kept me reading. The ending wasn‘t surprising; all the men are useless jerks or worse. (I guess Elvis is OK.)

shanaqui I struggled with this one too, just... not my thing? 5mo
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Tera66
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView 📚
Thank you for the tag @EadieB 🌺

1. I picture a private eye in a fedora, and a blonde in a pencil skirt coming to his office for help. But I'm sure it has a much better definition.

2. I loved the tagged book.📚

EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 5mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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MoonWitch94
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#Two4Tuesday

1️⃣ Dark, twisty fiction with lots of shades of gray morality. Usually lots of mystery and not much “happy” outcomes.
2️⃣ I usually don‘t read this genre, but recently added the tagged book to my TBR.

Anyone who hasn‘t played, it‘s your turn!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5mo
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BookLineNSinker
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I really really enjoyed this book on audio instead of a hard copy. I tried the hard copy twice and I struggled with pronouncing the names which led my mind astray. But I adored the audiobooks, it's got a great plot, interesting characters, and I give it five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟 This is a must listen for audiobook fans.

DimeryRene Listening to the audio now! Totally agree; it‘s great. 😁 Also liked Mexican Gothic on audio. 5mo
BookLineNSinker It's so animated, I loved it. I'm going to have to check out Mexican Gothic and have you tried The Hacienda? I had that on hold but my library switched platforms. Must rehold it. 5mo
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Mdion1993
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Maite and Elvis are put on a dangerous collision course after they begin investigating the disappearance of Maite‘s neighbor - a young, radical named Leonora.

Noir ✨ Subversive ✨ Shadowy

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Nalbuque
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Seventies political fiction down in Mexico, based on a real horror story that was widespread in South America at the time. I listened to this one in one weekend, it was engaging and felt so real. Having notes from the author at the end was such a treat, bc the whole book was rly well researched, and I appreciated more details on the real world events!

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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think I actually liked this book. I listened to it at 2x speed which is usually an indication. Maite was so obsessed with her looks and seemed very childish for her age. I always like Morena-Garcia‘s books for the setting. It was an interesting perspective Mexico in the 70s.

#AwesomeApril
#pop22 - Latinx author
#thingsincommon
#NoShameReadathon - Noir

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
Megabooks 💯 agree with this review! 8mo
shanaqui Yeah, same experience, didn't love it. I do love that SMG's novels have the Mexican settings and that she has such a range of different story worlds and genres going on. 8mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews for this book 8mo
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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

While the setting, based around the real-life political climate of 1970‘s Mexico, proved interesting, the story took some effort for me to finish.
A tad cliche...An innocent woman (secretary by day and lover of romantic comics by night) becomes entangled in a search for her neighbor and some missing rolls of film that are highly coveted by various government factions.
In short, a somewhat predictable tale where not a lot happens.
3/5 stars

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JackOBotts
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Finishing my March #bookspin before calling it a night. This got off to a slow start for me, but picked up speed about 1/3 of the way in. I enjoyed how Elvis‘s & Maite‘s storylines flowed. 3.5 ⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
Laughterhp Oh that‘s good to know. I started this one yesterday and wasn‘t sure if I was going to continue. 8mo
JackOBotts @Laughterhp - definitely give yourself some extra time to warm up to it. I hope you enjoy. 8mo
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JackOBotts
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I‘ll take it. Happy Weekend, everyone!
#CoffeeandBooks

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mcctrish
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Crap weather day so I baked my mom‘s coffee cake and finished this book. It‘s amazing 🖤by the same author as Mexican Gothic but NOTHING similar other than set in Mexico. It is so twist and turny and compulsive to read

readordierachel Love your mug! And the cake looks delicious 8mo
mcctrish @readordierachel I need a mug for all the publishers so I can match my books 😆 and they cake is/was delicious and I‘m happy to have breakfast sorted for a few days 👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
EvieBee What a feast for the eyes! 📸 ❤️ 8mo
mcctrish @EvieBee meeting all my needs ❤️❤️ 8mo
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LeftyDv
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At some point, I realized I was really just reading a version of the comics Maite obsessed over, with a historic spin to it in novel form. I found it a fantastic mystery - one that isn‘t for everybody, but was for me. I will be exploring another Moreno-Garcia book soon. Also, the Spotify playlist and beautiful cover design add to its allure.

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mcctrish
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Saturday night

Cathythoughts Saturday night looks 👌 8mo
mcctrish @Cathythoughts we watched a movie too ( crazy times here 🤣) we have been trying to watch as many Oscar contenders as we can before the big day. Last night we watched Drive My Car - very good 👍🏻 8mo
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mcctrish
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Next. Now I‘m travelling to Mexico

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Dcueto
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Will it live up to the hype?

Alfoster I‘ll be interested to hear if you liked it! I‘ll keep my opinions to myself for now….😝 9mo
Dcueto @Alfoster oh nooooooo! Ok I‘ll keep you posted 9mo
Alfoster No, I didn‘t hate it! Just didn‘t go where I thought! 9mo
Dcueto @Alfoster it was interesting lol 9mo
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Pinta
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Historical-noir-romance, Mexico City during the Mexican Guerra Sucia. Pretty pulpy, but the plot clips along with a few good twists. Stock characters like the mobster-poet, dowdy secretary, glamorous photographer, student activists. Soundtrack for your reading pleasure=great accompanying Spotify playlist. 2021

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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A bit of a disappointment. It might be my own lack of knowledge of Mexican political history but I mostly did not understand what was going on here. There were so many groups all seemed to be fighting but I don't know why? The writing was so surface level, no good descriptionS of people or places. After the richness of Mexican Gothic this fell a bit flat.

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akfreeborn
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A little noir-like and depicts a specific time and place well for a period of Mexican History I didn‘t know about. Liked Elvis pretty well but the rest of them didn‘t really matter particularly Leonora bout she did tie everything in. I give this one 3.5 stars. It was well written.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Gritty, atmospheric, & filled with subtle shades of grey, no black/white or right/wrong binaries in this one, the tagged book is a well-written & sophisticated noir set in 1970s Mexico City. It appears on a number of “best of” lists this year for good reason. If you pick it up thinking you‘re getting another Mexican Gothic, you‘ll be disappointed. If, however, you‘re looking for a mystery filled with political & social intrigue, this one is great.

StaceGhost And the soundtrack is fantastic! Loved this one 11mo
TracyReadsBooks @StaceGhost 😮 I didn‘t know there was a soundtrack. I‘ll definitely have to check it out! 11mo
StaceGhost @TracyReadsBooks ooo yes! Check out the back of the book, there‘s a Spotify link 11mo
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AlizaApp
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Noir set in 1970s Mexico City. Maite is a bored secretary and Elvis is a hired thug, and both of them are looking for the same missing girl after a series of protests turn violent. Loved the musical cues and the atmospheric writing.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Next up as I continue working my way through the NYT 2021 list of 100 Notable Books. I‘m really enjoying this one so far…maybe even more than Mexican Gothic which I loved…maybe. I‘ll have to see what I think at the end.

AmyG That‘s awesome you are reading all those. 12mo
TracyReadsBooks @AmyG Not sure I‘ll manage to read every book on the list but I‘m definitely trying to read all the ones I already have! 12mo
AmyG That‘s a good idea. I should see what I have that‘s on the list and make a tbr pile. Thanks! (edited) 12mo
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Avanders
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Ok well… that was in no way what I expected. And while it didn‘t … for me, represent a.. you know, velvety night, I loved it. I must love the way she writes or tells her stories or something. I just want to *eat* it. This, despite feeling that the audio narration was fine, but not amazing. I think I would have enjoyed it even more (& perhaps found it more velvety?) if I had eye-read it. 🤔 Doesn‘t matter, really. 5 stars.

#AVeryMerryReadathon

TheSpineView Awesome 👍🤩📖📚 12mo
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Avanders
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Reading (Velvet on audio).
I read somewhere that Moreno-Garcia‘s books all have a different vibe. I love that in an author when well done (eg Matt Ruff). I don‘t know what to think yet, & I‘m 75% done w the book. It‘s not…. Velvety, as promised? But I wonder if that‘s because of the narrator? She‘s… not velvety. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Anyone?

Also reading Stroud after having enjoyed his Niceville series🤓

& sent the #LMPBC book to @carlthecattt today! #groupw

ChaoticMissAdventures Velvet is on my list for this month, she is very hit or miss for me. I did really like Mexican Gothic which is pretty polarizing, and Certain Dark Things was certainly dark (I liked it fine) 12mo
Avanders @ChaoticMissAdventures I also really liked Mexican Gothic! And I‘m here for Certain Dark Things… and this is good. It‘s just… not quite what I was expecting. Though I‘m not sure what that was 🤔😜 12mo
Avanders Oh! #AVeryMerryReadathon 🎄🌺❄️ @TheSpineView 😁 12mo
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TheSpineView Great job 👍📖 12mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, Matt Ruff! I got something of his at the library years back and really liked his badass female protagonist! I found an ARC copy of the Moreno-Garcia at my local resale charity shop I frequent, so I'll get to it sometime. (edited) 12mo
Avanders @tokorowilliamwallace that had to have been Bad Monkeys 😁 Though I haven‘t read everything of his, so maybe it‘s one of the ones I haven‘t read yet! 12mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Avanders, yes that sounds right. Gotta get on those books I currently have which could remind of its style. It was a very unique book and I think I picked other unique books on that particular library trip all from the same shelf (N through S, maybe): a postmodern, stream-of-consciousness read by I think Sam Shepard or something, oh and maybe another shelf with Genesis by Beckett. It's the best part about the library, discovery, exploration. 12mo
Avanders @tokorowilliamwallace oh that sounds fun — I agree, bad monkeys was unique … one of the things I like so much about it! And agreed re the library ☺️ ETA: Genesis by Beckett added to wishlist! (edited) 12mo
Avanders @tokorowilliamwallace oh thank you! Lol I‘d only added it on goodreads 🤭😜 12mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Avanders, OK, good, we are connected on there. You'll have to excuse my haphazard reading habits on there! 12mo
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Cortg
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This was a slow read with a great ending. Political Mexico City, 1970. When Leonora goes missing after taking pictures during an attack on students, her neighbor, Maite, begins asking questions and diving deeper into her disappearance. Elvis, is put on surveillance to find Leonora. The story of Leonora‘s disappearance slowly unveils itself as the mystery unfolds. Bonus: The author created a Spotify playlist to accompany the book and times!

StaceGhost I‘ve been rocking out to that Spotify playlist ever since I finished this! Great review and read :) 13mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-30-21: My 109th finished book of 2021! 1970s Mexico City. Maite is a secretary at a law firm who day dreams about having a life like one in her favorite comic Secret Romance. Elvis is an enforcer in a gang called The Hawks who fight political activists. When Maite‘s neighbor, Leonora, goes missing, Maite gets involved in trying to help find her, just like Elvis is trying to find her for his boss. A noir tale full of music references! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

GidgetsTreasures75 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣9️⃣ 13mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-30-21: It‘s a perfect day to be outside reading ☀️📖🌴

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StaceGhost
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Between work and school and family and doctors, this has been a fantastic read 🫀Suddenly it‘s Halloween! I‘m very excited to read all weekend, or at least as much as possible! #20in4 📸 by Rebecca of aclotheshorse

StaceGhost Also, I love that it came with a recommended soundtrack! 🎶 13mo
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HufflepuffBruja
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#CurrentlyReading. Well, one of many books I've clutched to my chest this month. Will I read them all, who knows 😂 #comfortreading #Latinx #noir

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bookish_wookish
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Library hold came in!

I realized i have way too many books on hold so fingers crossed they come in one at a time so i can actually read them!

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sprainedbrain
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My 3rd book by Moreno-Garcia—not my fave, but still a pick. In addition to the gorgeous cover, it‘s got the SM-G‘s usual whip-smart writing, a great noir feel, and a slow-burn mystery. While I couldn‘t really connect with either of the main characters, I enjoyed the historic elements and the gritty setting. I listened to the audio last month and loved the narration. Also, check out the author‘s Spotify playlist for the book… so cool!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

vivastory I know that you also read MG, what was the third? 13mo
sprainedbrain This one, and I think it‘s my favorite of the three I‘ve read so far! 13mo
vivastory I'll have to check that one out! I think that you'd also really dig 13mo
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Tera66
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This book is a sloooow burn 🔥 mystery for sure. I get why so many people DNF'D this. But I am glad I stuck with it. This takes place in 1970's Mexico City filled with political unrest and student protests. It follows two MC's both who get tangled up in the search for a missing woman. If you can get through the beginning of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or a book like it, this will be a piece of 🎂 ⬇️

Tera66 @DarkMina 🖤 I enjoyed the story and character development, it's worth picking up if you can take the slow creep to the action. 13mo
DarkMina @Tera66 Thanks for your thoughts! I will definitely try it. 13mo
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BekaReid
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While I didn't think this books was as strong as Mexican Gothic, I still found this to be a fun read. I do enjoy Silvia Moreno-Garcia's writing and style.

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BekaReid
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This evening's dinner date

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Asthecroweflies
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Mehso-so

I really enjoy Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s writing, but this one was okay but not nearly as good as her other novels.

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AnansiGirl
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FriYAY night 🌮 and 📖 pairing. The tacos may have already been consumed before I uploaded pic on litsy. 😋

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

First of all, this is an amazing cover. The novel is set in Mexico City in the 1970s and the author has gone to great lengths to make sure we talk about this book as noir, but while there are crime elements I felt the book focused overly much on Maite's insecurities and troubles with her mother to make it feel very noir. Then again I'm not an expert.↘️

ReadingEnvy And Maite does get pulled into a crime situation when she agrees to feed her neighbor's cat, and then Leonora disappears. There is another character named Elvis who gets pulled into one of the many groups working unofficially for the government and their paths cross. ↘️ 14mo
ReadingEnvy The author has a few more pet storylines in there like a 70s romance comic series and the way the Mexican government cracked down on music, believing it to be a vessel for subversion and Communism.

The audiobook is read by Gisela Chípe, and she does fine, but this might have been a good book for a male narrator too, for the Elvis parts. Plus I kind of missed a "noir voice," all things considered.
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SamAnne This one was a so-so for me too.I just finished Certain Dark Things which I enjoyed much better. Vampire crime thriller set in Mexico City. 14mo
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ReadingEnvy @SamAnne that was the first book I read by this author and it was a bit uneven but I liked it more as well. I think it's being republished! 14mo
Lindy I bailed on this one. I think I would need to be in a very specific mood to appreciate it… and that didn‘t happen. 13mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I wanted to like it! 13mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Yeah, me too. I have enjoyed a couple of her earlier books and I will continue to pick up her work in the future. She likes to shift genres so it‘s always a surprise. 13mo
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Set in Mexico in the 70s. Maite is a legal secretary by day, obsessed with romance comics. Elvis is an enforcer for a group looking to suppress academic activists. Both set out to find Maite‘s missing neighbor for different reasons. They slowly orbit each other and get closer throughout the book. But don‘t meet until the very end. Honestly, I found this book a bit slow with very little plot or character development. It fell a little flat for me.

SamAnne Me too. Just finished Certain Dark Things which was a great ride! Better than the tagged. 14mo
kera_11 @SamAnne that‘s good to know! I‘ve heard people like Mexican Gothic by her more too, I‘ll have to give her another try 14mo
Sydneypaige I‘m just starting Gods of Jade and Shadows! And have Mexican Gothic on my list too. So hopefully either are better! 14mo
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Jen2
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Very good!

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