Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: A Vine In The Blood by: Leighton Gage

Title: A Vine in The Blood
Author: Leighton Gage
Publisher: Soho Press
Pages: 289
Series: A Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation #5
Source: LibraryThing Contest
Purchase: Barnes&Noble / Amazon


It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe’s premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. A victory for the home team is inextricably linked to the skills of the country’s principal striker, Tico “The Artist” Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared-away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil’s bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven. But then, just three weeks before the first game, Juraci Santos, Tico’s mother, is kidnapped. The star is distraught. The public is appalled. The politicians are outraged. And the pressure is on Chief Inspector Mario Silva to get her back.

Suspects aren’t lacking. Among them, are a cabal of Argentineans, suspected of having spirited the lady away to put Tico off his game, the star’s gold-digging, top-model girlfriend, whom his mother dislikes and has been trying to get out of his life, his principal rival, who wants to play in the World Cup in Tico’s place, and the man whose leg Tico broke during a match, thereby destroying his career. In the end, Silva and his crew discover that the solution to the mystery is less complex - but entirely unexpected.

My Thoughts:

This book I won via a LibraryThing Contest it’s a series about Chief Inspector Mario Silva in this book the FIFA World Cup is about take place when Tico Santos’s mother is kidnapped three weeks prior to the cup.  It’s up to Mario Silva to find her.  There are many people that could be potential suspects.  Some motives are to throw Tico off his game and insure he isn’t up to his game.  A gold digging future wife who his mother was investigating, a man whose career was destroyed by Tico.  This book is definitely full of action and adventure leaving you wondering who had the most to gain by Ms. Santos being out of the picture.  Definitely had you wondering up the end what happened and who had Tico’s mother. A great book.
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