A natural, cultural approach
I based the look of Pío Pista on Cantinflas.
Pista can mean "clue" in Spanish.
I chose María Malinche's name to throw people off that she was a double agent, based of course on the Mexican legend.
Cocomoco is, of course, completely made up for laughs.
El caso del agente doble
The episode takes a while to establish the characters and the basic plot, but eventually we get to San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Morro.
It is my understanding the the Morro was one of the inspirations behind Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.
Official web site of el Morro.
Another helpful web site.
Powerpoint to accompany El caso del agente doble.
El caso de la familia secreta
Powerpoint to accompany El caso de la familia secreta.
El caso del mercado negro
Powerpoint to accompany El caso del mercado negro.
La Libertad, El Salvador
Pío Pista y María
In the first book I never showed María's face. I purposely kept her mysterious. With the second book I designed a look for María loosely based on Penelope Cruz.
Unlike the first book, all action takes place on Tenerife. Other than the name of the island itself, most everything else is completely made up. Therefore I have fewer resources for these episodes.
Powerpoint to accompany Luna de Miel
Powerpoint to accompany Perro Suave
Powerpoint to accompany Dedo de Oro
Powerpoint to accompany Casa del Árbol
Powerpoint to accompany Puesta del Sol