A VINE IN THE BLOOD continues the excellent Mario Silva series but with a bit of a twist.
A VINE IN THE BLOOD continues the excellent Mario Silva series by Leighton Gage. Set in Brazil, this entry into the series has some light-hearted moments absent in previous books in the series but make no mistake in thinking that Silva has an easier time in this outing.
There are lighter moments in the telling of the story. Gage offers the most succinct and clear description of a character when he gives the character two words of dialogue: “What’s deodorant?” I have read the five books in the series and I am confident that no one would refer to the books as light. On the other hand, Gage is far too subtle to need to keep hitting the reader with nothing but violence.
Unfortunately, members of the hierarchy in the Greek Orthodox church were revealed to have entered into a complicated relationship with the Russian Orthodox church and Vladimir Putin. It would not be far off the mark to suggest that a relic held by the Russian church was given to the Greek church in exchange for support from the Greek church to the Russian faithful which led to Putin’s success in the election. Confused? Please read Jeff Siger’s post on Murder Is Everywhere (www.murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com). The post is titled “From Russia With Love” and it was posted o December 31.