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Public opinion is swelling against bullfighting considering it barbaric and archaic in a more caring world. Diego Romero is the youthful star of Spain’s premier league of toreros—bullfighters and he’s desperately worried about his future prospects.
Diego, backed by the might of two of bullfighting’s most enduring dynasties, proposes an updated version with no bloodletting or killing, but the Royal Taurino Society—the powerful bullfighting watchdog—insists on retaining its beloved death in the afternoon. Their conflict comes to a head at the Pedro Romero Festival in Ronda where Diego discovers that the Society is not the only one desperate to stop him.
The Andalusian Mystery Series continues and this time Bradley has truly excelled himself as DI Prado, Phillip Armitage and the gorgeous Amanda find themselves in another maelstrom of murder and misdirection. As with book one in his series Bradley is quick to immerse us in his Spanish settings whilst effortlessly capturing the cultural nuances of a country he has clearly come to love. Writing in lean evocative prose his narrative is filled with organic action that creates a compelling picture of the characters around which his story revolves. It’s easy to wax lyrical on a book that’s well written and Darkness in Ronda is unquestionably so but where Bradley truly distinguishes himself this time around is in his superb exploration of Spanish-style bullfighting, known as a corrida de toros. From the Tercio de Varas to the Tercio de Banderillas and the Tercio de Muerte, he gives us powerful visceral images where Matadors dance with their deadly prey and the outcome is all but certain. These pages alone are reason enough to pick up a copy but Bradley has also mastered the art of crafting tension filled multi-layered plots where the ultimate name of the game is murder. And with Prado doggedly trying to resolve the mystery surrounding Malcolm Crown along with the shocking copycat murder of a much loved Romero, armchair sleuths will find their appetites well and truly sated.
There's an old adage that authors should write what they know about and few are better qualified to write novels based upon their own field of expertise than Paul S Bradley. In his debut release Darkness In Malaga, he delivered a corker of a read and set high expectations for future releases. A Darkness In Ronda has decidedly exceeded those expectations and is unreservedly recommended.
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Paul S Bradley, originally from London, England, has lived in Nerja, Spain since 1992 where he established a marketing agency to help Spanish businesses sharpen their communications to the rapidly growing number of foreign visitors. He's traveled extensively around the Iberian Peninsula visiting most of the ancient cities and hundreds of wine bodegas. In the early years he published lifestyle and property magazines, guide books and travelogues in English, German and Spanish. More recently, groups of discerning Alumni groups of Americans and Canadians have enjoyed his tour director services. He's lectured about Living in Spain and bullfighting, and has appeared on local Radio and TV. The Andalusian Mystery Series draws on his own experiences as a voluntary translator in hospitals and police stations. Darkness in Malaga is his debut novel.
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