The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla
in 1862. It's primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican
state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with
some recognition in other parts of the Mexico, and especially in U.S.
cities with a significant Mexican population. It's not, as many people believe, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.
Last year I blogged about Cinco de Mayo Mysteries. I added a few
titles, but I thought I'd run the post again with a few additions for those who missed
it...or won't take the extra step to click. :-)
This list is supplemented with Mexican mystery writers and books set in Mexico. Let me know any titles you think should be included.
Cinco de Mayo Mysteries: The Cinco de Mayo Murder by Lee Harris A Corpse for Cuamantla by Harol Marshall Cinco de Mayo by Michael Martineck (science fiction/but cross-over) The Bane of Cinco de Mayo by Nathan S. Mitchell The Cinco de Mayo Reckoning by Terry Money
Not meaning to be complete in any way, I put together a few titles by
Mexican authors or mysteries set in Mexico or related to the Mexican
experience in some way (but not to Cinco de Mayo).
Mexican Crime Writers:
Paco Ignacio Taibo II The Uncomfortable Dead (and numerous other novels) Read an interview with Paco.
Juan Hernandez Luna
Hardboiled fiction on the Mexican-American frontier:
Gabriel Trujillo Munoz-known for his science fiction and literary criticism, also writes detective fiction: Mesquite Road, Tijuana City Blues
Carlos Fuentes: Cabeza de la Hidra (The Hydra Head)
Joaquin Guerrero-Casaola: The Law of the Garrotte
Rolando Hinojosa: Partners in Crime, Ask a Policeman