"I've never held a saint before," Ernie said as he cradled the 100-year-old carving of the Santo Nino de Atocha, the Holy Child. When the long-cherished statue of the Santo Nino de Atocha disappears, village leaders decide to keep the news from the Church hierarchy for fear of reprisal. They suspect the culprits are among local hippies, Protestants, drug dealers, Anglos, and other outsiders. But when the statue mysteriously reappears and their beloved chapel sacristan is attacked, favorite son Jay Sierra and his pal, Ernie Lucero, team up to investigate. Long-forgotten facts about the little statue take everyone by surprise and lead to the cozy conclusion of this delightful crime mystery set in an elbow of time during the 1970s, in a high mountain valley in northern New Mexico. This audiobook is filled with music, sound effects, and the northern New Mexico dialect referred to by linguists as the Rio Arriba dialect. Code-mixing of Spanish and English terms is characteristic of the area.
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Not what I had expected...
- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."
Superb story/sound set in the Land of Enchantment!
It is not that kind of mystery. It is authentic to the time period (60s) and culture of New Mexico. A very heartwarming story. You feel like you really know and love the inhabitants of the village of Villa Vieja. I hope the author writes another follow up story using the same characters!
No. But he is excellent interpreting all the various characters and dialects of the region. A very good story teller.
There was just the right amount of music and sound effects to add to the overall feel of the culture of the village. It was never distracting.