Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


fiction, English, creative writing, mystery, short stories, Hispanic, Cuban, Calle Panadero

Date of Defense



This collection of nine short stories follows Adelia Villalobos and Isidoro Belmonte, two Cuban Americans solving crimes in present-day South Florida. The former best friends have grown apart during college, but when Adelia is drawn into a murder case, the outcome leads Isidoro to return home and the pair to found the unlicensed detective agency, Calle Panadero (Spanish for Baker Street). Their cases explore the underside of many facets of the community, including bigamy, fraud, and criminal organizations. Along the way, they deal with love, death, and family obligations, and arrive at a new understanding of how their destinies are linked.

Influenced by Agatha Christie and Jennine Capó Crucet, CALLE PANADERO revolves around protagonists living in a predominantly Hispanic community and the ties that bind them to it and each other. Although each story is a separate narrative, together they depict Adelia and Isidoro’s changing relationship and their individual growth.



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