A bit of romance, a bit of gentle humor, several bits of official corruption and drug-related violence, and a chance for the mild-mannered hero to rise to an impossible challenge.
Readers who stay the course, whether drawn by curiosity or Wilkshire’s masterful prose and sly humor, will get their reward.
A highly entertaining, fast-paced mystery.
There is a kind of wry humour to Escape to Havana, as the bumbling protagonist succeeds and in the process becomes the hero of his own story.
The humour and watching a Canadian in Cuba is the real gem of the book.
The Book Trail
Wilkshire may be among Canada’s most humorous writers.
The Sun Times
Escape to Havana is a likeable page-turning cocktail of drugs, geopolitics, greed, (some) sex and murder in a diplomatic pouch full of all the ingredients of what is to become a popular series.
Bynoe on Arts
If you thought diplomacy was all play and no work, this book will confirm those opinions. It’s not the image Foreign Affairs aspires to perpetuate, but it’s plenty of lightweight fun.
Escape to Havana is immensely readable and great fun.
A fast-paced, entertaining, and cautionary tale about the glamorous life of the diplomatic set, peopled with believable toughs and an engaging protagonist
Ottawa Review of Books