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El refugio de las mariposas

Gutiérrez, Xabier

Year: 2022
Editorial: Destino
Literary Category: police, black and suspense

An atmospheric hardboiled novel that delves into the mysteries that surround a mountain hotel in the Aragonese Pyrenees.

At the Baños de Panticosa Hotel, in the Aragonese Tena Valley, Valeria, a Rwandan singer, commits suicide by throwing herself into the abyss from her room. She was a regular customer, a woman with a hidden history, whose motives for committing suicide no one could have suspected.

Vanessa, a botanist working for a pharmaceutical company in search for the Edelweiss flower is murdered in a lonely enclave nearby and buried under the snow. It’s the beginning of a series of mysteries that are unleashed during one of the region’s worst snow storms in living memory. Everything unravels when a private detective arrives to investigate Vanessa's disappearance, and each of the hotel employees seems to be hiding some secret.

The Rwandan genocide, African magical rituals and the legends of the Tena Valley are intertwined in a story set in a claustrophobic and isolated environment in which climatology is decisive.

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