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ISBN:
0060536330
Author:
Carolina Garcia Aguilera
Category:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rayo; 1st edition (June 1, 2003)
Pages:
304 pages
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1750 kb
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1638 kb
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Rating:
4.5
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625


Luck of the Draw is the perfect book for a hot summer day, especially if you've ever spent time in South Florida. Carolina Garcia Agulera has again written an excellent and very entertaining book that is easy to read.

Luck of the Draw is the perfect book for a hot summer day, especially if you've ever spent time in South Florida. 6 people found this helpful. The characters are realistic and she brings the Latin flavour to another American city.

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (born July 13, 1949) is an American writer born in Havana, Cuba on July 13, 1949. She has written seven (7) novels in a mystery series, three (3) stand-alone novels, numerous short stories and contributed to a number of Anthologies. Carolina Garcia-Aguilera moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. She attended Miss Porter's Preparatory School in Farmington, Connecticut, for high school before graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, with a .

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Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is a Cuban author based in Miami. The former private eye is the author of ten books including the Lupe Solano mystery series. Ms. Garcia-Aguilera, who has been a private investigator for twenty-five years, has been the recipient of many awards. Mystery Books & Short Stories by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera. Carolina Garcia-Aguilera has written seven books in the Lupe Solano series beginning with Bloody Waters.

Luck of the Draw book. Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (born 1949) is a Cuban-born American writer. She has written a series of mystery stories, and two novels. She was born in Havana, Cuba in July 1949

Luck of the Draw book. Gambling runs through the blood of the Navarro family  . She was born in Havana, Cuba in July 1949. In 1960, she emigrated to the United States, living in Palm Beach, Florida, and then New York City.

Garcia-Aguilera comes up with another ace! By Thriftbooks. com User, August 2, 2003 I miss Lupe, but the characters introduced in Luck of the Draw are just as funny and interesting. com User, August 2, 2003. I really liked this book, and recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed Garcia-Aguilera's writing in the past. I miss Lupe, but the characters introduced in Luck of the Draw are just as funny and interesting. I had no idea that there were so many Cubans in Las Vegas. Garcia Aguilera, if there are any in Topeka let me know where they hang out!

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Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (born 1949) is a Cuban-born American writer. She has written a series of mystery stories, and two novels

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (born 1949) is a Cuban-born American writer. She is currently working on a PhD in Latin American affairs. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and is married (twice) with 3 daughters. Other Books by Carolina. Bloody Twist is the seventh novel in the Bloody Series (three murders per book or your money is refunded) featuring Lupe Solano, the Cuban-American private investigator who lives and works in Miami. During the span of a summer, anything can happen. Former lovers return, husbands lose all rationale, and family can suffocate a person more than the sweltering humidity of a late Florida afternoon.

Mandated by her mother to reclaim the family glory by restoring a Havana casino that they lost when Castro took power, Esmerelda sets out to find her journalist sister, a mission that brings her to the seedy bars and back alleys of Las Vegas.
  • Brariel
Another meaty, humorous novel about Cuban Amercians. I never knew that Cuba had a big gambling industry prior to 1959, nor that Batista had invited in the American Mafia to run the Cuban gambling casinos. When Castro took over, shutting down the casinos, all those who made their living working in the casinos fled Cuba, and mostly settled in Las Vegas. I had no idea that Cubans were one of the major ethnic groups in Las Vegas.
This is another great novel. The newest character , from Miami, starts out being rather unsympathetic and unlikeable, seeming odd in her living habits, and giving her kids each two double expressos before school each morning just to wake them up ! But she soon becomes involved in tracking down the disappearance of her sister (who lives in Las Vegas). During the time in Las Vegas, we come to like the main character.
I view ALL of Aguilera's books as "women's fantasies." All of her books are about woman characters, told in first person, solving various mysteries. Yet, each book is about different characters and situations. Furthermore, while each book is a lighthearted mystery, really funny and clever, serious elements are brought in for the reader to consider. Usually, the main character is having some marriage problems (as most people experience in their 30's). Each character in each book deals with those problems in a unique way, while solving the main mystery in the story. I highly recommend ALL of Aguilera's books, and I can hardly wait until she gets her next book written!
  • Watikalate
As a fan of Garcia-Aguilera's Lupe Solano series, I was at first disappointed to meet a new heroine. However, if anything, this book was higher in quality than the later Solano novels, combining fast, upbeat tempo with a three-dimensional heroine.
I was drawn to the larger-than-life Navarro family, defined by their gambling style (everyone aced the SAT's in math because they've been calculating odds since they could talk).
After seeing an apparition, the Navarro family matriarch convenes four of the five grown children, each decorated with the name of a jewel, to search for the missing youngest child, Diamond. Esmerelda quickly rises to the challenge, flying to Las Vegas to search for her much-loved beautiful younger sister.
When her limo driver identifies himself as a retired NYPD detective, Esmerelda realizes she's gotten lucky. She follows clues and her own instinct as she learns about how Diamond lived just before she disappeared. A sudden interest in her Cuban roots? A tendency to religion? A possible involvement with criminal activity?
Thanks to wealthy parents, Esmerelda plays detective from the vantage point of a luxury hotel. In the end she draws on what she and her family know best: the gaming tables.
As she detects, Esmerelda also discovers herself as she learns to depend on herself in a new environment. She enjoys a brief escape from a troubled marriage and three loveable but demanding school-age sons. And she's too smart to accept, without question, a series of coincidences, beginning with the incident that set her on this quest in the first place.
True, Garcia-Aguilera does leave a few threads hanging. As another reviewer noted, she gets confused about dates and ages of her characters. Another plot element (I won't give it away!) remains a mystery, since every luxury highrise in Miami comes with alarm systems that could guard Fort Knox.
Most of all, any woman who can dodge the Las Vegas mob is perfectly capable of figuring out what to do with a dog while she's away. We're treated to a graphic description (mercifully brief) of the poor animal's digestive upsets and the husband's understandable frustration. Can't the well-heeled Navarros pay for his stay in an upscale kennel? Some services would even drop off the dog and pick him up.
Ms. Garcia-Aguilera should consult equally delightful mystery writers Carol Lea Benjamin and Susan Conant.
And Harper-Collins -- a very fine house -- slipped up on the dust jacket, identifying Esmerelda as the oldest and most sensible of the siblings. Between the covers, she's the middle child who combines commonsense with availability: sister Ruby, a lawyer, was getting ready to start a trial.
Minor quibbles! Luck of the Draw is the perfect book for a hot summer day, especially if you've ever spent time in South Florida.
  • krot
Excellent. I really enjoyed the story and didn't see the ending twist coming. very enjoyable! I really emjoy the author's use of Cuba/Miami history to pull you into the story.
  • Marige
Carolina Garcia Agulera has again written an excellent and very entertaining book that is easy to read. The characters are realistic and she brings the Latin flavour to another American city. A great story. A great read!
  • Akirg
I happen to be a huge fan of Ms. Garcia Aguilera's books. I fell in love with the Lupe series, and she has out done herself again!
  • Rollers from Abdun
I am a gringa living in Miami, and I confess that I consistently look to Carolina Garcia-Aguilera for insight into the people that make up this vibrant and colorful city!
Garcia again delivers with "Luck of the Draw" and the story of Esmeralda. Hilarious!