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Del Rio

Coming May 18!

DEL RIO, CALIFORNIA, a once-thriving Central Valley farm town, is now filled with run-down Dollar Stores, llanterias, carnicerias, and shabby mini-marts that sell one-way bus tickets straight to Tijuana on the Flecha Amarilla line. It’s a place you drive through with windows up and doors locked, especially at night — a place the locals call Cartel Country.

To District Attorney Callie McCall, her dying hometown is the perfect place to launch a political career and make a difference. But when the dismembered body of a migrant teen is found in one of Del Rio’s surrounding citrus groves, Callie faces a career make-or-break case that takes her on a dangerous journey down the violent west coast of Mexico, deep into a tropical paradise hiding a terrible secret, and finally back home again, where her determination to find the killer pits her against the wealthiest, most politically connected, most ruthless farming family in California: her own. Learn More

Palace of the Butterfly

Mexico City is a vibrant, exciting and dangerous place, rife with drug cartel violence and political corruption. Yet, the city conceals another side just as treacherous, one that can be found in the elegant mansions, manicured compounds and seductive glamour of Mexico’s very rich.

When Lili Golden’s beautiful sister, owner of The Palace of the Blue Butterfly art gallery, disappears in Mexico’s . . .

More about the book from a reviewer

The story moves quickly, and is further enhanced by the author’s impressive knowledge of the customs, history and lifestyle in Mexico City. Rosenthal deftly uses the vast cultural differences between the U.S. and Mexico to deepen the mystery and present multiple theories behind the lead character’s sister’s disappearance.

With all of the cultural, political, historical and religious differences between the two countries, nothing can be taken at face value. There are questions and mystery everywhere Rosenthal’s protagonist looks, which entrances the reader and makes them not want to put “Palace of the Blue Butterfly” down.

Guest blogger, Jacqui Keady, is a freelance writer and lifelong, avid reader of mystery and romance novels. She lives in Folsom, California with her husband and two dogs.