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 at 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.”

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