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The Beggar's Opera
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Peggy Blair was a lawyer for more than thirty years. A recognized expert in Aboriginal law, she worked as both a criminal defence lawyer and Crown prosecutor. Her critically acclaimed mystery "The Beggar s Opera," won the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice award and was selected as one of Amazon's best books in 2012. She lives in Ottawa."

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"[An] impressive debut novel ... [the] book itself unfolds with an artless ease: the investigation and its developments are both compelling and convincing, a genuinely mysterious mystery that manages to both surprise and maintain its internal integrity..."The Beggar's Opera" is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery."
-"The National Post" "Gripping...Passion, corruption, danger: it's a Cuba-set mystery that satisfyingly delivers all the compelling characteristics of its setting."-Andrew Pyper, NTY bestselling author of "The Guardians" "An impressive police procedural... Blair keeps the tension high, even as she paints a comprehensive, sensitively detailed picture..."-Sarah Weinman, in the "Quill and Quire" "An impressive debut...compelling and convincing... T"he Beggar's Opera" is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery that bodes well for future novels featuring Ricardo Ramirez."-"The National Post"" ""A fast-paced, well-plotted mystery."-"Vancouver Sun" "Blair's Havana is a steamy, twisted locale and her Inspector Ramirez is just the kind of dogged detective you want to root for."-Robert Rotenburg, author of "Old City Hall" and "The Guilty Plea" "A riveting story that kept me reading late into the night. Peggy Blair combines masterful writing with a clever plot and an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of Havana."-D.J. McIntosh, author of the bestseller "The Witch of Babylon" "I have a penchant for smart, dark, literary crime fiction, and "The Beggar's Opera" is all of that: an excellent book."-Alan Guthrie, author of "Two-Way Split"
[An] impressive debut novel ... [the] book itself unfolds with an artless ease: the investigation and its developments are both compelling and convincing, a genuinely mysterious mystery that manages to both surprise and maintain its internal integrity..."The Beggar s Opera" is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery.
"The National Post"

Gripping Passion, corruption, danger: it s a Cuba-set mystery that satisfyingly delivers all the compelling characteristics of its setting.

-Andrew Pyper, NTY bestselling author of "The Guardians"

An impressive police procedural Blair keeps the tension high, even as she paints a comprehensive, sensitively detailed picture

-Sarah Weinman, in the "Quill and Quire"

An impressive debut compelling and convincing T"he Beggar s Opera"is a well-crafted, genuinely satisfying mystery that bodes well for future novels featuring Ricardo Ramirez.

-"The National Post"

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A fast-paced, well-plotted mystery.

-"Vancouver Sun"

Blair s Havana is a steamy, twisted locale and her Inspector Ramirez is just the kind of dogged detective you want to root for.

-Robert Rotenburg, author of "Old City Hall" and "The Guilty Plea"

A riveting story that kept me reading late into the night. Peggy Blair combines masterful writing with a clever plot and an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of Havana.

-D.J. McIntosh, author of the bestseller "The Witch of Babylon"

I have a penchant for smart, dark, literary crime fiction, and "The Beggar s Opera" is all of that: an excellent book.

-Alan Guthrie, author of "Two-Way Split""

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