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A miracle in paradise : a Lupe Solano mystery
Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina.
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First edition.
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New York : Avon Twilight, 1999.
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viii, 277 pages ; 22 cm
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Spirituality has never been Lupe Solano's strong point-unlike her sister Lourdes, a rather unorthodox nun. But the recently transplanted Order of the Illumination of the Sacred Virgin-a sisterhood well-known for having witnessed actual, Vatican-verified miracles- is predicting yet another miraculous event, scheduled to take place in Miami in one month's time. And Lourdes's Mother Superior has enlisted Lupe's services, hoping that the skeptical sleuth-for-hire can either substantiate the upcoming phenomenon's verity or expose a brazen hoax & its mastermind. October 10th is the date when the blessed icon at the Shrine of the Cuban Virgin will supposedly shed real tears-an occurrence that will electrify Miami's Cuban-American community & rock the nation & the world. Yet probable fraud, as far as Lupe is concerned, is the very least of the sins possibly being committed-a belief that is strengthened by the disappearance of the Order's enigmatic Sister Mary Margaret & the appearance of a dead body floating in the waters of Biscayne Bay. As the date of the anticipated wondrous event draws closer, Lupe's hunt for the truth & a killer becomes a race against time. For there is a dark secret being protected behind the convent's fortresslike walls. And more will surely die before the blessed Virgin weeps, unless one determined investigator can unveil an evil that may be taking refuge in the most sacred of places.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Smart, savvy Lupe Solano returns for murder, romance and another caf‚ con leche in the fourth installment of Garc¡a-Agu¡lera's Miami-based series (Bloody Secrets, etc.). This time it's Lupe's sister Lourdes, who's a nun at the Order of the Holy Rosary, who presents the PI with a troubling mystery. Lourdes's Mother Superior hires Lupe to look into claims that on October 10, Cuban Independence Day, a miracle will take place when the holy statute of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre will cry tears over the separation of her people in Cuba and the U.S. Lupe has less than a month to find out who or what is behind this miracle, and if it will indeed take place. Her trusty sidekicks Nestor and Marisol, at first wary of the very notion of questioning the Catholic Church, assist Lupe in the investigation, digging into the suspicious activities of a group of Yugoslavian nuns who are undoubtedly tied into to the miracle. When corpses start turning up, Lupe knows she's involved in dangerous business, but her curiosity impels her to seek the truth. A memorable tale of Cuban-American life, this novel boasts an engaging plot and a fiery heroine armed with sharp insights into Cuban and Catholic ways that will lead readers happily into the sultry heat of Little Havana. Agent, Elizabeth Ziemska. (Oct.) FYI: Garc¡a-Agu¡lera, a former Miami PI, emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. in 1960. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved