I love Halloween and this year I'm branching out to learn more about Dia de la Muerte or Day of the Dead. Join me in my home as we discuss this traditional festival as well as the role it plays in Denise Hamilton's SUGAR SKULL .
Here's the synopsis for Sugar Skull from Ms. Hamilton's website:
"The body count this weekend is twenty-eight—and rising fast. Across the city, people are killing each other in gruesome ways. And Eve Diamond is writing it all down—in her routine murder roundup story for The Los Angeles Times. Then a distraught man bursts into the newsroom complaining about the police's apathy over the disappearance of his chronic runaway daughter. To complicate matters, Eve is assigned to cover a potentially huge story involving a mayoral candidate and his Italian wife Venus—whose body was discovered floating naked in their hillside villa pool.
Who killed Venus? And what is the significance of the sugar skulls—little confections for the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday—that Eve keeps seeing everywhere? As Eve unravels the mystery, she finds herself plunging into an overpowering love affair with Silvio Aguilar, the brooding scion of a music-industry titan. What is Silvio hiding? Against the backdrop of the mayoral election and the hallucinatory Day of the Dead celebrations, Eve tries to understand how vice, greed and the drive for power can transcend even the most entrenched of racial and class divides. With her own life ultimately on the line, Eve must beat incredible odds to stave off devastation—and derail the murder conviction of the wrong person."
If you'd like to bring a Halloween treatsie to the group, please feel free. I'll be providing cupcakes, a salad of some sorts and a chicken tortilla soup. If I'm truly ambitious, I'll see if I can figure out how to make yummy Mexican-style coffee with cinnamon.
P.S. I know I've been moving a lot of Saturday events to Sunday, but this will stay in place on Saturday.