I was born in Havana, Cuba and I am currently a professor at New Mexico Junior College.
I have a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of New Mexico and have been an educator for over thirty years. My eight published novels are A Girl like Che Guevara (Soho Press, 2004), Posesas de La Habana (Haunted ladies of Havana, PurePlay Press, 2004), Muerte de un murciano en La Habana(Death of a Murcian in Havana, Anagrama, 2006, which was a runner-up for the Herralde Award in Spain, El difunto Fidel (The late Fidel, Renacimiento, 2011, that won the Rincon de la Victoria Award in Spain in 2009), Habanera, A Portrait of a Cuban Family (Floricanto Press, 2010), La Regenta en La Habana ( Edebe, Spain, 2012), Orfeo en el Caribe (Atmósfera Literaria, 2013) and El retorno de la expatriada (Egales, Spain, 2014).
My first mystery, Death Comes in through the Kitchen, will be published in 2018 by Soho Press. It features Padrino, a santero detective, who is also the main character in The Cuban Marquise’s Jewels, a short story that is part of The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers also published by Soho Press.