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Review: Death at Chinatown

Death at Chinatown (Emily Cabot Mysteries) (Volume 5)
by Frances McNamara

Series: Emily Cabot Mysteries
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Allium Press of Chicago
ISBN-10: 0989053555
ISBN-13: 978-0989053556

(Barry’s score 5 out of 5 stars)
Available @ Amazon Death at Chinatown (Emily Cabot Mysteries) (Volume 5)

My thoughts:

Damn fine mystery …

“Death in Chinatown” is the fifth book in the Emily Cabot mysteries series. I really hate to jump this late into a series, but I was in the mood for a good mystery after reading a lot of nonfiction.

Emily Cabot is an interesting character.  I am reminded of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher, Carol O’Connell’s Kathleen Mallory, or Agatha Christie’s Tuppence. McNamara managed to create a character as interesting as the mystery she solves, and between you and me that’s saying something.

In addition to the interesting characters, I suppose that the historic nineteenth Century Chicago really came to life for me. I am really impressed with the historic feel of the novel. Of course, the mystery zeroes in on the Chinese community and I don’t think that I have read anything like this since James Clavell’s Tai-Pan.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and give it a solid 5 stars out of 5.

Product description:

In the summer of 1896, amateur sleuth Emily Cabot meets two young Chinese women who have recently received medical degrees. She is inspired to make an important decision about her own life when she learns about the difficult choices they have made in order to pursue their careers. When one of the women is accused of poisoning a Chinese herbalist, Emily once again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. But, before the case can be solved, she must first settle a serious quarrel with her husband, help quell a political uprising, and overcome threats against her family. Timeless issues, such as restrictions on immigration, the conflict between Western and Eastern medicine, and women’s struggle to balance family and work, are woven seamlessly throughout this riveting historical mystery. Rich with fascinating details of life in Chicago’s original Chinatown, this fifth book in the Emily Cabot Mysteries series will continue to delight history buffs and mystery lovers alike.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Cadence Group and Allium Press of Chicago. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


In my mailbox: Hedgewitch Book of Days

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
by Mandy Mitchell
Available: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Weiser Books
Amazon: Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year



In my mailbox: Death at Chinatown


The mailman dropped off two books, I’m sure that he enjoyed the stop *wicked grin*, “Death at Chinatown” and “Unidentified: The UFO Phenomenon”. I was pleased to receive a finished paperback copy of “Unidentified: The UFO Phenomenon”, having reviewed the ebook version (link) from the good folks at New Page Books and Warwick Associates .

I’ve also finished reading  “Book of Lies” by Richard Metzger and published by Red Wheel/Weiser, Disinformation Books. I’ll let you know what I think of it over the next few days.

Having read so much Non-fiction, it is time for some fiction in the form of a good old fashioned murder mystery. I’m looking forward to reading “Death at Chinatown” by Frances McNamara . I want to thank Allium Press of Chicago and The Cadence Group for the free review copy.

I am munching on over-ripe bananas and crisp, but sweet, grapes while ignoring repeated political robocalls ( 5 in one hour today). My new rule, if I’m eating I wont answer the phone, has saved me from the nuisance  of the answering most robocalls (they seem to call the most at breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but the sheer volume is about to drive me out of the house during mealtime.

It’s the first of the month, so Peppy is due for his heart-worm pill or, as I like to call it, our monthly battle of wits. Will he find the pill in the treat and spit it out?  Let the games begin …

In other gaming, I have finished Chapter 2 of Star Wars The Old Republic as an Imperial Agent. I’ve also started a romance with the character Raina Temple. Oh well, if you have nothing going on in real life, you might as well get a little action in your cyber life — sad huh?

Must go … Raina is waiting for me.

More Most Haunted

I suppose that it wont be long before we see new episodes of Most Haunted in the US again. I really don’t watch the ghost shows anymore. Having said that, I am amused by Ghost Adventures

Yvette Fielding
Yvette Fielding.

“I want a blessing. A serious, serious, serious blessing after this shit.” So says Yvette Fielding, hunched over a cardboard Ouija board with an Asda Smart Price glass upturned before her. Ring the bells and deck the halls with joke-shop aerosol cobwebs, Most Haunted (Thu, 10pm, Really) is back.


Banned From The Bible – Secrets Of The Apostles

Travel back to the blistering sands of the Holy Land, into the onion-domed chapels of Eastern Orthodox churches and onto the pages of the Koran. Unearth the trail of chapters that were left out of the ultimate version of the Scriptures. Included in the Koran is “The Life of Adam and Eve,” a detailed account of the creation story written before Jesus was born. The incestuous account of “The Book of Jubilees” was included in the Orthodox Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. “The Book of Enoch,” an ancient bestseller, relates the story of the man said in Genesis to have walked with God and been assumed directly into heaven. This fascinating collection offers a fresh perspective on the figures at the foundation of faith.