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The fourth book in the gripping Inspector Ramirez series by bestselling author Peggy Blair.When Mama Loa, a witch doctor, tells Inspector Ramirez that people in the sky are going to die, he thinks she’s crazy. After all, there hasn’t been a violent death in Havana in months.But things quickly change when a Russian is murdered, execution-style, on the Malecón and three fligThe fourth book in the gripping Inspector Ramirez series by bestselling author Peggy Blair.When Mama Loa, a witch doctor, tells Inspector Ramirez that people in the sky are going to die, he thinks she’s crazy. After all, there hasn’t been a violent death in Havana in months.But things quickly change when a Russian is murdered, execution-style, on the Malecón and three flight crew members die in suspicious circumstances. When Russian intelligence officer Slava Kadun arrives in Havana warning that a CIA hitman has plans to assassinate Raúl Castro, Ramirez starts to wonder if the deaths are connected. With the political future of Cuba at stake, he has only hours to stop a cold-blooded killer....

Title : Umbrella Man
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ISBN : 9781476757964
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Umbrella Man Reviews

  • Mary Anne
    2019-06-08 11:12

    A wonderful series that gets better with each addition. The complexity of society in Cuba is well and sympathetically portrayed. There was even some Russian and American activity that adds to the depth of the mystery. My only complaint is that the ghosts were quite absent but there is hope for them in the next in the series.

  • Debbie Young-Mayhew
    2019-06-23 05:01

    I enjoyed this 4th book in the Inspector Ramirez series. Couldn't get through it fast enough because of normal interruptions i.e. work. I first heard about Peggy Blair on CBC radio when introducing her first book, The Beggar's Opera. Anxious for a new writer to put into my varied library, I listened and was captivated by the story line and the main character. It takes a lot to fool my thought process when figuring out who-done-it or why and Peggy certainly had my brain doing double time. Ghosts, I know too well. Canadian, Cuban and world realities with ugly undertones, I was all too ignorant of. Set in Cuba, Inspector Ramirez must solve the most ugliest of crimes. His wife Francesca has a heart of gold while being a strong supporting character. Dr. Apiro is a necessary 'side kick' for Ramirez in helping find solutions with knowledge in the medical field. Maria, you'll want to cry and cheer her on while you learn how life has created the Cuban beauty. I have learned so much from Peggy about the realities of First Nations, aboriginal life in Canada, life for Cubans and the involvement of the Catholic Church in the most gripping crime mysteries written. There is laughter, crime, spies, mystery and ghosts galore. Peggy includes a character in each book who becomes a key to the solution. Someone you would want to meet for real. In this book, Russian Slava is charming, tough, bad but good. The books read with an intensity that make you realize this really happens. Peggy is straight up, no nonsense with her choice of words. Buy the book! Read and become lost in many mysteries in one.

  • Sherry Monger
    2019-06-09 12:56

    I was introduced to this author by Jo-anne and started with number 4 in the series. I am now intending to search out the first three. Set in Havana Cuba, this is the only story I have read that uses this historic city and its people as background. Inspector Ramirez is the head of the Major Crimes Unit but needs to find a killer with political motivations without the necessary resources to do so. The country's leader, Raul Castro is at risk. Ramirez' car is a rust bucket with doors that won't lock and additional information cannot be reliably sought from computer data banks. He is hardworking, bright, often in trouble with his wife and never quite sure who the bad guys are.Peggy Blair writes with compassion and wit - she obviously has a deep understanding of the intelligence systems in the US and Russia and the drug runners in Colombia. She turns corners frequently so that the reader and the protagonist are never sure whose side to be on - a great mystery read!

  • Jane Mulkewich
    2019-06-14 12:16

    I read this book while on vacation in Cuba, and enjoyed it very much. It was published last year and set in modern Cuba, although Fidel Castro is still alive in the story. The author is a lawyer (and as a lawyer myself I am interested in reading fiction written by lawyers) and the author is obviously knowledgeable about modern Cuba and Havana in particular. I now know that this book is the fourth in a series about Inspector Ramirez, so I will now go and try to read the other books in the series.

  • Nick Bachusky
    2019-06-11 07:10

    another absolute classic. Peggy, you have to keep the Ramirez stories going, you are incredible at teaching history and culture while instilling suspense and gripping story telling. I pray that someday a major motion picture deal comes your way. This story would be great on screen!

  • Gayle
    2019-05-27 08:12

    Loved this mystery. Hope there is another soon

  • Carole
    2019-06-01 05:58

    Peggy Blair's Inspector Ramirez series is much more than mystery/detective stories. All the novels take place in Havana, Cuba and contain so many interesting details about Cuban history, politics and society. Umbrella Man is no exception although it is somewhat more of an espionage story than a murder mystery. I really enjoy these books and I hope that Ottawa lawyer/author Blair writes many more of them. I also really like the Canadian connections she includes in each story.

  • Lorna
    2019-06-09 11:01

    Great story. So glad the ghosts returned. Maybe this means there will be more books in this series? I love how the people in Cuba accept their lifestyle and make the most of what they do have. Many here could learn from this.

  • Vontel
    2019-06-17 05:10

    Another most interesting murder mystery and suspenseful Cuban political thriller, with Ramirez and Apiro working against the clock to identify murderers and victims in Cuba, impacted by various political plots among the US, CIA, Russia and various KGB/various new entities, the Chechyens, the oligarchs and other Russian mafia, the Colombians and others. This one even involves a "decommissioned" Soviet submarine. Complex and multi-layered plot, with interesting endings and surprises which make me anticipate the next volumes in the series. Always elements are included of the realities of Cuban life for virtually all people, both in their personal and professional lives, and the various schemes to try to make it work, as well as the levels of conniving and corruption in every organization. A good suspenseful summer read!

  • Peggy
    2019-06-15 07:19

    #4 in the series, this one was more thriller/espionage than mystery. A Russian is murdered execution-style in Havana. In trying to solve the case, and several more suspicious deaths which occur, Ramirez finds that not only Russian, but Cuban and American intelligence are involved. As always, the glimpse into everyday life in Cuba is fascinating.

  • Sharon Meehan
    2019-06-23 07:56

    Thanks Peggy! I read all 4 books back to back and can't fathom that I have to wait to read another adventure of Inspector Ramirez! I love your incorporation of Cuban, Aboriginal and Canadian (to name a few) history and traditions to decorate your stories. I love your expertise from your previous professions to add flavour to the stories. Keep writing please!! Sharon

  • Caroline Ingvaldsen
    2019-06-18 05:12

    The fourth adventure of Inspector Ramirez is another intriguing police procedural set in the glorious and gritty streets of Cuba's decaying capital. Assassination attempts and human trafficking animate a complicated plot of espionage and stratagem which concludes with the satisfying reappearance of the Inspector's ghosts.

  • Joanne
    2019-06-02 10:14

    I wasn't as fond of this book as I was of the first two in the series. The Russia/CIA plot was a little too outside the world that Inspector Ramirez usually inhabits. Still, this series is generally good.

  • Jan
    2019-06-24 13:14

    Another awesome book from Peggy Blair. Great story line and red herrings. Well researched, and very well written. The way the lack of ghosts, who were so prominent in the preceding books of this series, was handled was brilliant.

  • Jo-anne
    2019-06-14 05:26

    The very believable political intrigue in this novel is enhanced by the descriptions of life in current Cuba. Ramirez has the assistance of a new ally, this time Russian. I knew it had to come but I missed Charlie Pike, a character from earlier novels.

  • Anita H
    2019-06-26 12:05

    Incredibly well researched. Interesting and exciting. Love the characters and reading about Havana. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Dianne Scaturchio
    2019-06-17 11:22

    Loved this book. Keep them coming Peggy. Each book so intriguing. I have yet to guess who done it before the end. Can't wait for the next installment

  • Jaclyn
    2019-06-03 08:09

    Hmm not my favourite in this series . It was ok but I was never really hooked.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-03 13:05

    This was a super book, it was a bit deeper than her previous books which l enjoyed. She really paints a picture of Cuba that is fascinating and her plots always resolve well

  • Lynn Kearney
    2019-06-08 07:04

    Haven't read any others in this series, but I will. I like Inspector Ramirez and the insights into life in Cuba. Wonder if it's as unrelentingly grim as it's depicted?

  • Doug Slater
    2019-06-27 08:59

    I liked this story, the 4th in the Inspector Ramirez series set in Havana, Cuba.

  • Wendy Hearder-moan
    2019-06-24 11:56

    Far-fetched? The author admits as much, although she gives real life examples that show it might not be as far-fetched as it seems. Confusing? Yes! Full of cross and double-cross. I think that Ramirez is the only character who is what he purports to be. Even Arpino has his little secrets. However I enjoyed the ride! Looking forward to Ramirez’s next escapade.

  • Jamie Williams
    2019-06-06 12:08

    I would actually give this book a 2.5 star rating if I could. I received this book free from Goodreads through one of their giveaway contests. I had read the previous three books and enjoyed them. This one much harder to get into. Part of the interest of the series is the way Ramirez interacts with the dead and the way they help him solve the crimes. This was largely missing from this book. The story was fine but I just couldn't get into it like the other ones. I have a hard time recommending books unless they are amazing. I read a fair bit and expect a lot from my authors. As much as I like Peggy Blair I would say this was my least favourite of the four books in the series.

  • Melanie
    2019-06-24 12:14

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and was thrilled, as I'd read and enjoyed the first 3 in this series. This one was just as good! Inspector Ramirez' fourth case was just as compelling as the others, although this time it was a touch more action-packed, featuring Russian plots and counterplots. I loved the twisty, un-figure-out-able mystery. And also enjoyed the deepening of the characters of Ramirez, his friend Apiro, and a few more of the side characters. Plus the way that it informs the reader of daily life in Cuba is really unmissable. Recommended!

  • Christina McLain
    2019-06-07 13:08

    I like this series very much because I have been to Cuba many times and because I believe the stories are quite realistic. Ramirez the detective and his sidekick Apiro are both likeable characters. But I found the plot quite confusing and overly complicated. Not my favourite but good.

  • Margaret
    2019-06-01 09:00

    Generally well written. Plots overly complicated Ramirez keeps repeating that time is short. Santeria aspect seems rather irrelevant

  • Samantha
    2019-06-26 06:08

    I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I received a paperback copy.