The thriller which blends mystery, fast-paced action and suspense with poetry and sensibility to forge an original detective story which reads in one breath.
The central characters of the three-book series are Inspector Danilov, who struggles with family problems (his wife had disappeared several years before), and Magdalena, a mysterious woman who is like a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. She unveils herself at the end of the third book of the series, “Cercul de Foc” (The Ring of Fire), which, like the first two, presents multiple characters painted against various backgrounds and situations.
Although relatively short at around 120 pages each, and of deceiving simplicity, the books are apparently easy to read but solving each mystery is no easy matter for the reader… until the last pages.
A thriller enthusiast myself, I was taken aback by the poetry that imbues the series — uncustomary for this specific genre. Can detective stories blend poetical atmosphere and images with the “hard” (blood, murders, etc.) stuff? It’s a bet that Mada CAZALI has won for her readers.
I gave her books the maximum five stars each and I’m looking forward to the future ones.
scriitor, Jurnalist AP New York