Her Cuban-American father dislikes the profession of
Miami-based private detective Lupe Solano because he does
not believe this is a proper profession for a good girl.
Thus, when he asks Lupe to help his friend Ramon, she
immediately agrees to show him that she is good at her
Ramon wants Lupe to investigate an offer to buy the
five sugar mills they once owned in Cuba before Castro took
control. His nephew Alexander wants to sell but cannot
without Ramon's signature. Ramon stubbornly refuses.
Alexander asks Ramon to meet him at a dumpy hotel, but when
he arrives there he finds his nephew dead. The police
believe Ramon had the motive and opportunity so they arrest
him for second-degree murder. Lupe obtains an attorney for
the accused and begins making inquiries that will clear
The Lupe Solano mysteries provide readers with a taste
of how it feels for Cuban expatriates to live in America.
BITTER SUGAR is a great installment in this fine series
because the audience sees a different side of Lupe, who
desperately wants to gain her father's approval to the
point of risking her life. Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
captures the attention of her fans from the very first page
and never lets go until the final page when new readers
will want to obtain the previous novels so they can read
more Solano adventures.