Thursday, 2 March 2023

The Hand That Feeds You - Mercedes Rosende


"The attempted robbery of the armoured car in the back streets of Montevideo is a miserable failure. A lucky break for the intrepid Ursula Lopez who manages to snatch all the loot, more hindered than helped by her faint-hearted and reluctant companion Diego. Only now, the wannabe robbers are hot on her heels. As is the police. And Ursula's sister. But Ursula turns out to be enormously talented when it comes to criminal undertakings, and given the hilarious ineptitude of those in pursuit, she might just pull it off."

Oh, my friends, this was a whole heap of fun. It is basically a heist gone wrong, chase comedy thriller set in Montevideo, Uruguay. Our 'heroine' Ursula has come up trumps after a botched robbery and has all the loot. She's on the run and that would usually be a problem. The robbers are after her, as are the police, as is her sister (a PI). Thankfully they mostly seem to various shades of hopeless and Ursula . . .  well, let's just say she isn't.

Ursula is a likeable character, one you can't help but root for and I really hope this series continues for a long time (and somebody picks up the film rights).

I loved the setting of Montevideo as it is somewhere fresh for me and both the author and the translation bought it to life so much I want to go there.

A cracking and fun read 4.5/5*

Thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for inviting me onto this tour and Bitter Lemon Publishing for the review copy (all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way).

Please have a look at the posts by the other bloggers on the tour (below) if you get the chance.

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