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A voluptuous artists’ model is murdered, her mutilated body dumped in the central plaza of the colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. Inspector Hector Diaz’s murder investigation takes him deep into San Miguel’s gringo expat colony, the corruption of modern Mexico by greed and drugs, and the quirky byways and dead ends of love. Corporal Felicia Goya, a tough cookie, ably assists Diaz in his search for the killer. When ancient Aztec gods or their hallucinations appear to Diaz, he considers the legacy of Mexico’s bloodstained past as a blueprint for justice in the present. Recalling Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union in its mastery of metaphor, wit, moody atmosphere and sense of place, A Death in Mexico is a gritty and gripping quest for revenge and redemption.


MysteryPeople at BookPeople Bookstore in Austin, Texas names A Death in Mexico one of the 5 best debut crime novels of 2012 . . . Read More.
A Death in Mexico is the knock you on yer arse book of 2012, the one you roar: ‘This rocks!’” – Ken Bruen, award-winning Irish crime story writer and author of The Guards, Blitz, London Boulevard and the new Jack Taylor crime novel Headstone

A Death in Mexico is an excellent, cool, gritty crime novel.”  - Victor Gischler, author of Gun Monkeys and Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse    

“An outrageous and unruly mescal-soaked murder mystery...an opiate to be ingested.” - Cullen Gallagher, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Brutal as the kick of raw mescal, A Death in Mexico depicts a nightmarish drug-ridden modern Mexico, where corruption and sadism lie in wait for unwary Americans...powerful.” - Publishers Weekly

“Brilliant & Lowbrow” - New York Magazine

“You’ve seen those stories on the news that warn you about travel to Mexico, right?  A Death in Mexico is an even more effective cautionary tale…Its an unusual [police] procedural that will take you down some mean, nightmarish streets, indeed.” – Bill Crider’s PopCultureMagazine.com

           Booklist favorably compares A Death in Mexico
​                       to Orson Welles' A Touch of Evil:

FROM A Hard-Boiled Gazateer to Border Noir
by Bill Ott, Editor/Publisher of Booklist

About A Death in Mexico by Jonathan Woods:
In San Miguel de Allende, Inspector Hector Diaz investigates the murder of an American artist’s model, whose mutilated body was dumped in a public square. Though not set on the border, this uncompromising look at racial tensions in a small Mexican town perfectly reflects the mood of border noir. Gritty to the point you want to wash your hands, the novel takes us deep into a world of darkness, capturing that same blend of bleakness and all-consuming corruption that drives Orson Welles’ classic film A Touch of Evil.

A Death in Mexico by Jonathan Woods.  Published in German as Die Tote von San Miguel  (Dead Woman from San Miguel). Click here to read the German review. 

Author Appearances


Nine One Five Restaurant | Point5 Bar
915 Duval St, Key West, FL
Wednesday, May 2, 2013 at 7pm


    Meet and Greet
    Waterfront Playhouse, Mallory Square, KW
    Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 3-4pm

    Writers' Panel: "The Power of Location"
    Westin Key West Resort & Marina
    245 Front St, Key West
    Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7pm
    Meet and Greet
    Waterfront Playhouse, Mallory Square, KW
    Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 3-4pm


505 W. 23rd St, New York City
Monday, May 21 @ 7pm


7700 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm


Sponsored by BookPeople Bookstore, held at Opal Divine's Freehouse
700 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78703
Thursday, June 7 at 7pm
  • Featuring: writers Peter Farris, Jonathan Woods, Barry Graham and Jess Sublett
  • Music by: Chris Hoyt & Jesse Sublett


9521 Viscount Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79925
Saturday, June 9 from 2-4pm


Cleveland, OH
October 4 - 7


Philadelphia, PA
November 8 - 11
Approval Matrix, New York Magazine,
New York Magazine Approval Matrix for
May 28, 2012
Die Tote von San Miguel

Originaltitel: The Death In Mexico
Aus dem Amerikanischen von Wolfgang Thon

Amanda Smallwood, eine Amerikanerin, wird nachts um zwei auf der Plaza von San Miguel tot aufgefunden. Jemand hat ihr den Hals gebrochen und ihr die Augen herausgeschnitten. Inspector Diaz hat den Kampf gegen die Kriminalität eigentlich längst aufgegeben. Zerstört von zu vielen Zigaretten und Alkohol macht er sich trotzdem an die Arbeit in der Hoffnung, dass ein wenig Gerechtigkeit seiner geschundenen Seele ein wenig Ruhe verschafft. 

Er findet heraus, dass die Tote nicht am Fundort umgebracht worden ist. Von einer Freundin der Toten erfährt Diaz, dass Amanda in einer Maler verliebt war und dass sie ihm Model stand. Doch der Maler ist verschwunden. Nur sein Tagebuch wird gefunden, in dem er die Tat gesteht. - Hammett Krimibuchhandlung

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