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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
White Jaguar: An Inspector Marco Nayal Novel is a murder mystery by Preben Ormen that takes place in Mexico. It introduces Inspector Marco Kante Nayal Espinosa of the Federal Police, who is assigned to investigate the murder of a man found floating in the mangroves of northern Yucatan. Marco finds himself in a widening plot that produces more murder, reaches far beyond Mexico, and includes attempts on his own life as well. Assisted in the investigation by Detective Jesus Vicente Hernandez Campo, called Chuy, and aided by the inspiration of his Mayan spirit guide, the white jaguar, Marco follows the clues and forensic evidence from one witness, dangerous character, and scene to another until the plot reaches a crescendo with its unexpected conclusion.
If you like murder mysteries featuring investigative twists and turns, and plenty of forensic work along the way, White Jaguar is for you. Ormen builds the drama slowly at first, adding layer upon layer of characters, suspects, and motives. I enjoyed the Yucatan setting, the Mexican cultural references, and the touch of Mayan spirituality. Marco’s character is developed through his inner thoughts, his interviews of suspects and witnesses, and his interactions with Chuy and other members of his investigative team. The action moves at a good pace with well-described scenes. I’ve never been to Yucatan, but I could imagine being there. The plot twists held my interest, as what started out as an apparent theft and murder for agricultural technology became something far more threatening, sinister, and dangerous. An engaging read.