Interested in a mystery with a lesbian astrologer as a protagonist? Set in a
beautiful city on the Ring of Fire?
Quito Murder Mystery
by Jenny Yates
It happens at Escuela Carcelén, an international
school in Quito, Ecuador. When the Spanish
teacher is murdered, the school counselor,
Soledad, and her lover, Casey, start looking for
They are ex-pats here in Quito - with Soledad
coming from Venezuela, and Casey from the U.S.
- and they make a light-hearted but very
effective team. They investigate Laura Torres'
many lovers, past and present, and her early
origins in Cuba.
Casey, who is an astrologer, counsels Laura's
guilt-ridden mother. And they deal with an
eclectic batch of teachers and students,
including the little group of dramatic "bad kids"
called Las Voces.
But meanwhile, the police (at the behest of the
U.S. ambassador) are focusing their attention on
the locally hired staff at the school, and political
tensions are escalating. When the local hires
form a picket line over their ill treatment, there is
another attack. Who is behind the violence that
is tearing Escuela Carcelén apart? And since
Laura was found murdered the first time Las
Voces presented their avant-garde play, what will
happen at the repeat performance?