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Death by Bubble Tea

Two cousins who start a food stall at their local night market get a serving of murder in this first novel of a delicious new cozy mystery series by Jennifer J. Chow, author of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn’t seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it’s a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn’t cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine’s career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she’s just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.
 
Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine’s surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They’re quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit—literally—when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they’ll be serving is time.

*SoCal Indie Bestseller*

PRAISE for DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA:

“Yale and Celine’s growing loyalty to each other, coupled with the warmth of Chow’s prose, adds extra depth, just like the tapioca balls nestled in a glass of bubble tea.”—New York Times Book Review

“A deliciously fun whodunit.”—Woman’s World

“Chow’s choice to set the mystery in a night market is a stroke of genius.”—BookPage

“A delicious exploration into family, culture, and above all, food…Chow gets so much right in this book, from the exploration of Asian cultures in L.A. to the growing relationship between the cousins. A fun start to a wonderful new series.”—First Clue

“Appealing characters and the alluring setting of a night market make Death by Bubble Tea a delicious page-turner of a mystery.”
—Ellen Byron, Agatha Award winner and USA Today bestselling author of Cajun Kiss of Death

“As addictive as shrimp dumplings and sticky rice in lotus leaves, Jennifer J. Chow’s Death By Bubble Tea will provide a delightful treat for lovers of culinary cozies. With its intrepid sleuth and vividly-drawn setting, this clever whodunit will have you greedily turning the pages for more.”
—Leslie Karst, author of the Lefty Award-nominated Sally Solari series

“Like salt and caramel, tea and tapioca, Chow’s sleuthing cousins are the perfect odd couple…Death By Bubble Tea has a twist like a bao bun and is just as satisfying.”
—Raquel V. Reyes, author of the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series

“Delicious treats, family drama, and a bit of murder are the order of the day for Yale Yee, the engaging and multilayered lead in Death by Bubble Tea. A fantastic series starter, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the Yee family and the Eastwood Village Night Market regulars. Don’t forget to try the recipes at the end!”
—Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo

“Death by Bubble Tea bubbles over with great characters, an intricate plot, a setting you’ll want to move to, and oh, the food. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.”
—Sherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale and Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mysteries