Havana Heat (#5)

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Feisty, fiery Cuban-American P.I. Lupe Solana knows her way in and out of every tight corner of her tropical Miami home. But now things are about to get hotter for Lupe than they have ever gotten before.

A fabled art masterpiece allegedly left behind in Castro’s Cuba has Lupe Solana intrigued — and contemplating an undercover excursion into the deadly heart of out-of-bounds Havana. But when the murder of a shady business contact is followed closely by another criminally assisted death, Lupe is suddenly searching for connections between the two local homicides and her covert art-rescue mission. Because it’s beginning to look more and more as if Lupe’s own life depends upon her making them…


“Lupe Solano has blossomed into one of the genre’s most formidable protagonists.”

Chicago Tribune

“Lupe Solano is an enjoyably hedonistic sleuth, and Garcia-Aguilera’s chatty, congenial style will beguile readers for several pleasing hours.”

Publishers Weekly

“A stunning mixture of art history, Cuban-in-exile politics, a uniquely classy Miami heroine, and riveting plot make this highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“These and other art-related intrigues converge, making HAVANA HEAT the most ambitious–and most successful–of Garcia-Aguilera’s novels. She leaves you with the sensation that things are just going to get better where she and Lupe are concerned.”

The South Florida Herald

Awards & Accolades


Winner Shamus Award: 2000 “Best Private Eye Novel”