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The Last Resort: A Mystery
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Rafael Molinet Rojas, an inconspicuous Spaniard living in London, regrettably finds that there is nothing worth living for when his closest companion-his mother-dies. Hoping to make a dignified-and, although he won't admit it, dramatic-exit from this world, Molinet plots his escape, picking an elegant setting for his suicide via sleeping pills: Morocco's L'Hirondelle d'Or, one of the most luxurious resorts in the world. There, he will be able to forget his cares, drape himself in a white caftan, and try to make a little money playing backgammon before he does himself in. The day before his trip, Molinet has a lunch date with his vivacious niece-who enthralls him with the story of a scandalous and deeply suspicious death. Jaime Valdes, high society lothario, has seemingly choked to death in the presence of both his mistress and his wife, but all of Spain is atwitter with the possibility of murder. Coincidentally, when he arrives at the spa, Molinet realizes that the stylish woman sitting by the pool is none other than Valdes's widow. And when a throng of gossipy Europeans arrive on the scene, it quickly becomes clear that despite its air of tranquility, many sinister things are happening at L'Hirondelle. Before he knows it, Molinet's eavesdropping leads to a startling turn of events. Internationally bestselling author Carmen Posadas has created a corrosive and witty high society whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. The Last Resort mixes poolside cocktails and acid-laced gossip with privilege and murder to marvelous effect. From the Hardcover edition.
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Carmen Posadas was born in Montevideo and has lived in London, Buenos Aires, and Moscow. The author of many novels and several bestselling books for children, she also wrote Little Indiscretions, which won the coveted 1998 Planeta Prize in Barcelona and has been translated into twenty-one languages. Posadas lives in Madrid. From the Hardcover edition.

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Secrets, lies and society scandals are just a few of the seductive delights that Posadas (Little Indiscretions) offers in this wonderfully entertaining novel of morals and murder, which examines how gossip-and sins of omission-can destroy lives. Rafael Molinet, a depressed gay Spaniard living in London, decides after his mother's death to end it all at L'Hirondelle d'Or, a luxurious Moroccan spa, but he defers his suicide plans after meeting Mercedes Algorta at the resort. Mercedes's philandering husband recently choked to death under suspicious circumstances, provoking a scandal similar to that surrounding the death of Molinet's unmourned father many years earlier. Though the law exonerated Molinet's mother, she suffered from gossip mongers, as does Mercedes, especially after the arrival of Antonio Sanchez Lopez, a notorious radio personality, who spies Mercedes falling for a glamorous screenwriter. Mystery readers who enjoy sophisticated European ambience and upper-class tomfoolery will be richly rewarded. Agent, Tom Colchie. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Elderly Spaniard Rafael Molinetis is just about to quit this life on his own terms-that is, at an exotic Moroccan resort-when he finds himself drawn into the Madrid murder of a man-about-town whose wife (and other suspects) have also landed at the resort. Posadas's Little Indiscretions was a Planeta prize winner. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Little Indiscretions "Once in a while, a book comes along that is sheer delight. Such is Little Indiscretions. . . . This slender novel has it all: an elegant setting, a taut time frame, a cast of intriguing characters, and beautifully crafted writing that lends both glamour and insight to the tale."-The Washington Post "The fluffy tone of Little Indiscretions, which won Spain's Planeta Prize for Carmen Posadas in 1998, is just the melt-in-your-mouth frosting on an otherwise tart-and surprisingly substantial-comic mystery about the perils of gossip."-The New York Times "Posadas's intricate explorations of each suspect's motives are delicious."-People "A sexy little mystery worthy of Agatha Christie-or Pedro Almodovar."-O: The Oprah Magazine "Quirky and entertaining."-Rocky Mountain News From the Hardcover edition.

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