The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman (Paperback)
August 2016 Indie Next List
“Full of quirky characters, passionate lovers, and literary references, this novel takes the reader on a playful romp through both Spain and the human soul. You know how a sprinkle of salt makes chocolate taste sweeter? This book seems all the more timeless for the dashes of modernity throughout -- the Spanish detective who references CSI, the wedding band that plays Lady Gaga -- all against the intoxicating backdrop of Madrid and Granada. Delightful!”
— Nichole McCown (E), Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
A fiendishly fun and charming novel with the quirky appeal of a Pedro Almodovar film--this feel-good read follows a tightly wound Englishman whose trip to Madrid takes an unexpected turn when he encounters a group of strong-minded women who will do anything to keep the jobs they love. Atticus Craftsman never travels without a supply of Earl Grey, an electric kettle, and a teacup--so he makes sure he has packed all three after his father, distinguished publishers of Craftsman & Co., sends him to Madrid to shut down a failing literary magazine, Librarte. But when nobody has heard from Atticus in three months, his father knows something must be very wrong. Fortunately, Inspector Manchego is on the case. Manchego gets to work unraveling the mystery of the Englishman's disappearance, but there to block him at every turn are the five fiery and close-knit Spanish women who run Librarte and must devise a plan to save the magazine. A botched kidnapping and the rumored discovery of a trove of long-lost Federico Garcia Lorca poems propel Atticus--with Manchego hot on his trail--on a madcap journey through the narrow streets of Madrid and down to the bohemian heart of Andalucia. Sanchez spellbinds us with larger-than-life characters and heartfelt emotions in this charming tale of clashing cultures and unlikely romance. The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman is at once a humorous, literary caper and a touching love story, marking for an altogether clever and delightfully different read.