María Angélica Bosco (Buenos Aires 1909 -2006) has built a proven literary career from her young age. La trampa, El comedor de diario, ¿Dónde está el cordero?, Borges y los otros, La negra Vélez y su ángel, Carta abierta a Judas, Cartas de mujeres, En la piel del otro, Burlas del porvenir, La muerte vino de afuera, Memoria de las casas and La noche anticipada are some of her books.

In 1954 she won the second place of the Emecé Novel Prize with La muerte baja en el ascensor.

Since then, the awards and the successes of this writer didn’t stop. After publishing La muerte soborna a Pandora, she started to work for the newspaper Clarín and in 1960 she won the third novel place on the Buenos Aires city prize.

In 1987, Maria Angelica Literary Bosco was named Personality of the Year by the Rotary Club of Buenos Aires and in 1990 she was awarded by the Italian government.

The writer was considered by many of his colleagues as Argentinian Agatha Christie for their dedication to the detective genre.

  • La muerte baja en el ascensor (The death in the elevator) I Publisher : FCE I Language: Spanish I Year: 2013 [first published in 1955] /I Pages: 154 I Genre: Crime novel I Rights: World

In the early morning, a beautiful German woman who lives in a bourgeois quarter takes is found dead in the elevator of her building. There is evidence that she died due to a dose of cyanide that she ingested, but there is little reason to think that it was a suicide. Therefore, a detective will start an investigation in which all the inhabitants of the building as well as the husband of the young woman and a strange cadet laundry will be involved.

Thanks to an exciting plot that does not let up in the pursuit of the resolution of the case, it also offers a portrait of human relationships that occur within the inhabitants of the building a respected physician, an immigrant couple brothers , a very sick with his wife and daughter man, the keeper and his wife.


The novel won the Emecé Novel Second Prize in 1954 and it has just been reissued by the Economic Culture Fund for Recienvenido series, directed by Ricardo Piglia. This is more than good news for lovers of classic detective genre.

One of the best Argentinean detective novels of the XX century– MDZ Magazine