Book Review: Secret Identity

5 stars Genre: Mystery/ Noir elements Secret Identity by Alex Segura Such a good book. The beginning really immerses you in gritty, historic NYC as well as the comic book industry. Take time to soak up the noir atmosphere of Carmen’s world. I loved how Carmen was such a complex character, and her reminiscences only made the story stronger. Of special delight were the comic book panels (if only they’d been in color!) to really reflect the Lynx character. A wonderful book that … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

5 stars Genre: Impossible Crime/Locked-Room Mystery The Tokyo Zodiac Murders Intricately deceiving. The letter that sets up the stage is hard to decipher, but the puzzle aspects continue at a rapid pace for the rest of the novel. I think if I had a better grasp of Japanese history and geography, it would have been even more fascinating. Shimada did an amazing job of creating a puzzler of a story. There were so many moving parts. My only minor issue is that there’s a lot of … [Read more...]

Publishers Weekly Review

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Lefty Award Nomination

A quick post to say that Mimi Lee Gets A Clue was nominated for a 2021 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel! https://leftcoastcrime.org/2022/Awards.html … [Read more...]

Book Club Day!

Hi, Folks! I'm at Chicks on the Case today talking about Mimi Lee Gets A Clue. Come check it out: https://chicksonthecase.com/2020/12/11/chicks-book-club-mimi-lee-gets-a-clue-by-jennifer-j-chow/ … [Read more...]

Bouchercon, Here I Come!

I was excited to attend my first Bouchercon, a huge conference for mystery lovers, this year. It would've been held in my state (Sacramento, CA) this upcoming weekend. Thankfully, it didn't get canceled. Like many other conventions, though, it's turned virtual. Now I can be there from the comfort of my own home. Not only do I get a chance to listen to great authors, but I'm actually on a panel! I'll be on the Our Furry Friends panel on Friday, Oct. 16th at 3pm with Lane Stone, Jackie Layton, … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Festive Mayhem anthology

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Book Review: Iced in Paradise

Iced in Paradise 5 stars Genre: Contemporary cozy mystery Hirahara pens an excellent ice-cold murder mystery in Iced in Paradise, her first book in the new Leilani Santiago series. As always, Hirahara does an excellent job of infusing interesting historical and contemporary details into her story. I particularly like the insider’s perspective on living in the Islands as opposed to the typical Mainlander view. All the characters in the novel are strong and unique. Leilani, the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Your House Will Pay

Your House Will Pay 5 stars Genre: Contemporary fiction (mystery/thriller) A literary revelation.There are no easy answers or one-sided characters in Cha’s latest novel. Instead it offers a finely drawn dual perspective about racial relations through the main characters, Grace Park and Shawn Matthews. Rooted in authentically detailed Los Angeles history, Cha pens an illuminating work about racism, family, and society—a timely read for us all. A taut novel that features a raw and … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: One Week to Go!

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