Murder at the Olympiad

An Amanda Pennyworth Mystery

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Pub Date 20 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 17 Dec 2021

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An American tourist is murdered in a Mexican gay sauna, and Amanda Pennyworth, the American consul to Puerto Vallarta, risks her career and her life to find the culprit.

Amanda Pennyworth works with a junior officer of the Tourist Police in search of suspects in the secretive underworld of a beautiful resort. When a young Mexican boy is arrested on flimsy evidence, Amanda is convinced it is a terrible mistake. But no one is willing to listen to her: not the arrogant chief of police; not the boy’s parents who seem to blame her for the murder; and not the cynical American Ambassador who only wants to avoid an international incident. It’s up to her.  

In Murder at the Olympiad by James Gilbert, we travel to the popular resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and follow Amanda as she is drawn into the search for the killer of a young American. When she finally identifies the killer, she also discovers some very unpleasant truths about the Foreign Service in which she serves.

An American tourist is murdered in a Mexican gay sauna, and Amanda Pennyworth, the American consul to Puerto Vallarta, risks her career and her life to find the culprit.

Amanda Pennyworth works with a...


A Note From the Publisher

James Gilbert is a historian and novelist. While a professor at the University of Maryland, he published eleven books on American culture, concentrating especially on World’s Fairs and the religious and social controversies of the 1950s. One of his histories was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. He has lived and taught abroad in Paris, and with year-long Fulbright Fellowships in Australia, Germany, and the University of Uppsala, Sweden,
where he received an honorary doctorate degree. Since turning to fiction writing, he has published a book of short stories and three novels: The Key Party, Tales of Little Egypt, and Zona Romantica, the first in a series of mysteries set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he has been a frequent visitor. Murder at the Olympiad is the second novel in this series with Amanda Pennyworth as the amateur detective. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C. Find out more at his website, jamesgilbertauthor.com.

James Gilbert is a historian and novelist. While a professor at the University of Maryland, he published eleven books on American culture, concentrating especially on World’s Fairs and the religious...


Advance Praise

"A thought-provoking and well-paced murder mystery set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico" - Independent Book Review

"Mystery readers looking for the full flavor of an international affair...along with Amanda Pennyworth's cleverness as an amateur sleuth will find Murder at the Olympiad a satisfying mystery." - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

"An enthralling mystery with a clever twist, Murder at the Olympiad will entertain fans of whodunnit stories with aplomb. Author James Gilbert's sleuth story is full of unexpected twists and turns that keep you thoroughly engaged from start to finish." - Readers' Favorite

"Author Gilbert is a writer skilled at exploring internal angst and postulating potential suspects and motives. He dissects his protagonist's mental and emotional states as skillfully as he depicts the peccadillos of persons of interest." - The US Review of Books

"A thought-provoking and well-paced murder mystery set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico" - Independent Book Review

"Mystery readers looking for the full flavor of an international affair...along with Amanda...


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Readers who are looking for a fascinating cultural context would do well to pick up this book. Not only does it offer a great protagonist and a fast paced plot line, it is set in a location somewhat out of the ordinary and I found this added great richness to the experience.

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An American tourist is murdered in a Mexican gay sauna, and Amanda Pennyworth, the American consul to Puerto Vallarta, risks her career and her life to find the culprit.

Amanda Pennyworth works with a junior officer of the Tourist Police in search of suspects in the secretive underworld of a beautiful resort. When a young Mexican boy is arrested on flimsy evidence, Amanda is convinced it is a terrible mistake. But no one is willing to listen to her: not the arrogant chief of police; not the boy’s parents who seem to blame her for the murder; and not the cynical American Ambassador who only wants to avoid an international incident. It’s up to her.

In Murder at the Olympiad by James Gilbert, we travel to the popular resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and follow Amanda as she is drawn into the search for the killer of a young American. When she finally identifies the killer, she also discovers some very unpleasant truths about the Foreign Service in which she serves.

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