...opens the doors to Mexico City’s opulent mansions and lets you go behind the high walls into a world as mysterious as the country’s ancient past

Betty M.

I read my husband’s e-copy of The Palace of the Blue Butterfly. What an engrossing read! I’m a sucker for a really good mystery populated by interesting characters, and this tale surely is one! But it's also a real bonus to feel totally immersed in such a captivating location (Mexico) thanks to a skillful author who paints vivid lyrical landscapes and “personscapes”. Sign us up for the next in the trilogy!

Dorothy W.

The story twists and turns as an adventure through Mexico. Enjoy the sights, sounds and even smells of the culture.


This is a well-written, captivating story. Hard to put it down. Gives good idea about mexican life, at different layers of the population.


Palace of the Blue Butterfly transports the reader into Mexico. Great adventure, good story line -- definitely worth reading! Love both the characters and writing style. Hope there is a sequel.

David S.

The vivid and evocative descriptions of Mexico drew me in; fully realized characters and a plot that kept me guessing made this novel one of my favorite summer reads.

Craig D.

Good plot and character development. Dialogue well done. Build to a believable climax I'd like to read the other 2 in the trilogy.

Jason G.

If you are a fan of women's fiction, you'll love Palace of the Blue Butterfly. This novel has all the page turning elements of Romantic Suspense, but like literary women's fiction, it has beautiful language complex character development and an intriguing, mysterious setting. Great read.

Anna E.

Hey, guys. Don’t think this is “just” chick lit. What a nice surprise to be treated to a vivid tour of Mexico City, a cast of fascinating people and a suspenseful page-turning plot, all relayed by a clearly knowledgeable author who writes beautifully. Let’s see more from Jane Rosenthal, please!

Patrick C

It takes a skillful writer to get you hooked on a subject in which you had no prior interest. Jane Rosenthal did that for me. Now I want to eat good Mexican food - IN Mexico, go to Mexican art museums and pierce the shroud of smog hanging over Mexico City to see for myself what's inside. Mostly I want to find out what happens next. Will there be a sequel? It's too soon for the fun to end, and this was a fun summer read.

Richard E.

Like Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna, the prose and intricacies of the Mexican setting keep you reading. The pace is languorous, leaving the reader plenty of time to savor both the story and the wonderful descriptions.

CA Reviews

High school Spanish teacher Lili leaves her bland life in California behind when her volatile and unpredictable sister disappears. At first full of determination to get answers, Lili's energies are sapped by a parade of suspicious people and the need to generate an income. She slowly slides into her sister's house, clothes, job, and life. Lili is almost too resigned to the situation until she learns a secret that galvanizes her into action again.

CA Reviews

This novel offers two ways to become engrossed: either fall in love with Lili Golden's quest to repair her life by searching for her missing sister, or fall in love with the author's evocative phrases and descriptions of Mexico. Or fall in love with both.

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