A mildly interesting book and good for a first book. Some mildly interesting dialogue. As with most female crime writers a little too "cute" for me. That is not a blanket position. There are several female author's , mostly United Kingdom, that are writing books as good as any males. If and when I have some time I will try another of her books. Just have too many I have a higher priority on right now. Characters are not stereotyped nor unbelievable! Couple are quite interesting!
China Trade (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith, #1) by S.J. Rozan is a great start to a new-to-me P.I. mystery series. I met Ms. Rozan for the first time at a day long mystery writers and readers conference and had to read these books. The book was very well written and as interesting as the author herself.
P.I. Lydia Chin is hired to find two boxes of stolen porcelains. The case follows clues through New York’s Chinatown from Chinese gangs to specialty museums and collectors. With the help of P.I. Bill Smith, who assists Lydia and cares deeply about her personally, the two have to solve this case that has many twists and turns before there are more dead bodies.
Both Lydia and Bill come to life as fully developed characters early in the book and I know I’ll be reading more in the series. Ms. Rozan brings the smells, sounds and sights of New York’s Chinatown vividly into my imagination. I also loved Lydia’s challenge of being a dutiful Chinese daughter to a traditional mother and Chinese community, while being a modern, independent American P.I.
If you love following P.I. mystery series, this is definitely one for you to try.
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