The Supernatural Enhancements is from a younger author from Spain who, according to his bio on the book jacket, writes in Spanish, Catalan, and English. What that means for me is I get to read an author with a different viewpoint than the typical Amerocentric one I typically read, whose prose isn't colored by translation.
Edgar Cantero does have a different viewpoint. The Enhancements is written
like a reconstruction of a series of events, via a combination of diary
entries, handwritten notes, transcripts of audio and video recordings,
and various other reprints of documents from receipts to newspaper
clippings. This strange series of events centers around the mysterious death of a
wealthy, young bachelor who appears to have leapt from the third story
window of his family home, Axton House, in Virginia, just as his father
did years before.
The unlikely investigators in this case are the long-lost second-cousin
of the defenestrated eccentric bachelor, and his young Irish girlfriend.
The second cousin, named only A., is surprised when lawyers contact him in
England to let him know that, one, he has a second cousin in America,
two, that he has apparently killed himself and, three, that he has left
everything--Axton House, all its contents, and a pile of loot--to him.
Only recently graduated and wondering what to do with his life, twenty-something A. now
finds himself independently wealthy, and the owner of a mansion with so
many rooms that he and his extremely young girlfriend, Niamh,* can't keep
track of them all, never mind the hedge maze on the grounds, or the
butler who seems to have disappeared shortly after his employer's
There are puzzles, secret codes, ghostly whisperings, code names, vivid nightmares, break-ins, ass kickings, rescued pets, safes behind paintings, a two-story library schwing and green hair.
I'm going to be looking for Cantero's other books, and I predict that someone will smarten up and make this into a movie.
In the meantime, read (study? research?) this book.
Then add a comment telling me how much you liked it.
* That's an Irish name friend, apparently its pronounced nee+iv, or neev. Or that's as close as yer likely to git around these parts.