Sunday, May 05, 2013

A Mystery for Cinco de Mayo

When you are in the market for a mystery novel to help celebrate a particular holiday or event, there is only one name to search for: Janet Rudolph. Rudolph, the editor-writer behind Mystery Readers International, not only makes it her business to round up all of the crime fiction that commemorates any special day, but she takes pains to keep her compilations updated and relevant.

That’s why, when I was contemplating what to read today in honor of Cinco de Mayo, Rudolph’s Mystery Fanfare blog was the first stop I made. She did not disappoint:
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Read a mystery!
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 also 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.
Rudolph has rounded up not only the five actual Cinco de Mayo mysteries she knows about, but also (I guess since it’s a fairly short list) she’s added in a rundown of Mexican crime writers, hard-boiled fiction on the Mexican-American frontier, and a few other resources.

Now I’m off to make myself some Mexican chocolate (you’ll see: Rudolph helps with that, too) followed by some sunny day reading. All pretty bueno by me.

1 comment:

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks for posting about Mystery Fanfare and my holiday lists. It's great fun to collate them.. now to read all the titles!