February. 7 assorted literary novelties from 7 writers

Start this February 2020 leap, that is, there is one more day to read. And, without being a precedent, there are these 7 literary news that come out this month and what are exclusively from female writers. Names more than propped up in the panorama like those of Almudena Grandes or Donna Leon join those of Ana Lena Rivera (old acquaintance around here), Anna Merino (winner of the Nadal Prize), Lorena Franco and Madeleine St. John. They all bring us stories for all tastes that I review below.

A murderer in your shadow - Ana Lena Rivera

It was just going to be a year, Ana Lena Rivera granted me this interview where he talked to us about everything a little and presented a Gracia San Sebastián, your financial fraud investigator. Now your new story is out. Did it last day January 29, but since it is very recent, I include it in February. And in this new title, Grace is involved in the disappearance of Imelda, a young psychologist which they find dead a few days later on the train tracks. Her husband, a Civil Guard bomber and the main suspect, asks her for help in discovering the murderer. So Grace, next to Rafa miralles, Oviedo Police Commissioner, will start a research and that will take her by various European capitals. The problem is that your professional and personal life is not going through a good time.

The map of affections - Ana Merino

Recent winner of the Nadal Award With this novel, the writer Ana Merino tells us a choral history set in a small town where the lives of its inhabitants intersect. There, Valeria is a young school teacher who maintains a secret relationship with Tom , which takes him thirty years. And at the same time Lilian disappear for no apparent reason while her husband is on the other side of the world. Is also Greg, for an womanizer who flees his unhappiness by frequenting a hostess club, until one day he is discovered in the worst possible way.

Frankenstein's mother - Almudena Grandes

Grandes brings us this new novel where the pasts of the protagonists merge with their present in a history set in 1954. It is then that the young psychiatrist Germán Velázquez returns to Spain to work in mental hospital of women from Ciempozuelos. There Germán meets again with Aurora Rodriguez Carballeira, a parricide that fascinated him at thirteen, and he also knows a nursing assistant, María Castejón, to which he is attracted. But she rejects him and Germán suspects that he keeps many secrets.

Silvia Blanch's Last Summer - Lorena Franco

The new of Lorraine Franco signs up for fashion for titles with names of missing characters, dead, assassinated or similar nature that they have so much pull. So that Silvia blanch, a beautiful young woman destined to succeed, disappeared without a trace one day in the summer of 2017. Alex is a journalist and wants to write an article about her, so he will go to the town of Montseny where Silvia lived and where she lost track of it. There he wants to talk to his family and soon begins to discover that they all seem to know more than they appear and that they do not like that he is snooping.

With the water up to the neck - Donna Leon

Inspector Brunetti is back and with him we go to Venice again. In his umpteenth case, he calls it Benedetta Tosso, a sick cancer who wants to tell you something that does not want to take to the grave. Manages to talk to him about her husband, Vittorio Fadalto, recently died in a traffic accident, involved with money obtained form illegal and that consequently his death was actually a murder. And it points to culprits that it can no longer pinpoint. Brunetti will begin to investigate the case which in turn will lead him to where the man worked, a private company in charge of monitoring the water quality in Venice. But there, there, Brunetti will also have to deal with a case of bribery between employees to hide polluting discharges in the water, something I could have catastrophic consequences in the health of the Venetians.

The girls in black - Madeleine St. John

Madeleine St. John is a veteran Australian writer What this story brings us set in Sydney in 1950. There are the most famous department stores of the city, the Goode's, where you can find the latest in fashion. And there Four women work, Lesley, Patty, Fay and Magda, the shop assistants women's dresses section, always perfect in their black uniforms, for which that employment is also his only opportunity for independence. So while they advise their clients on fabrics and models, they all have and share dreams of freedom, and of roles different from being daughters, wives or mothers.

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