Age Group: Adult
Release Date: April 14, 2014
A teenager returns home from school to find a gruesome scene: the apartment he shares with his mother, Shao Mei, in Boston’s Chinatown has been ransacked and she is dead. There is a bottle of Moutai—the most exotic and expensive Chinese liquor—left at the scene and traces of rat poison in one of the two shot glasses on the kitchen counter. This was evidently a homicide, but who could possibly be the killer?
Ann Lee and Fang Chen, close friends of the victim, team up with the Boston police to solve this mystifying crime: why would anyone want to murder a harmless middle-aged woman, one who worked as an unassuming mailroom clerk, with no money, no connections, and presumably, no enemies?
Realizing that important clues behind the motive may be buried deep in the victim’s past, they travel to Beijing, where Shao Mei spent more than fifty years of her life. While there, surrounded by the antiquities of China’s rich and complex history, they stumble unwittingly into a cobweb of mystery and danger. Fearing for their lives but determined to press on, they end up unearthing a scandal more deceptive and far-reaching than either could have imagined.
When I first started this book, I had reservations on whether I would like the writing style of this author. However, it didn’t take me long to get into this story and discover that I enjoyed G.X Chen’s way of writing this mystery. Feng Chen and Ann Lee are characters that I look forward to spending time with and getting to know better.
Even though I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was early on, it didn’t take away from the story, or watching Feng Cheng and Ann Lee follow the trail of the killer and discover why the murder occurred. The story kept me turning the pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good mystery with solid characters and a lack of graphic violence or profanity. I certainly intend to read the other books in this series.
Even though this book is titled Back Bay Investigation Book 1, there is another book – The Mystery of Revenge (A Prelude to the Back Bay Investigation Series) - before it that I believe first introduces the characters in this story.
You may want to read the prelude first as I felt like I would had a better understanding of the interaction between Detective Paul Winderman and the main characters of this book if I had read had started with The Mystery of Revenge.
G.X. Chen, author of the Back Bay Investigation mystery series and others stories, is a freelance writer, a world traveler and an amateur photographer. She lives in the beautiful city of Boston with her husband, Steve.