I have a really good mystery/murder story to share with you today called The Mystery of Moutai written by G.X. Chen.
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.My Thoughts:
You will love reading this book as it spans two different cultures and countries, while seeking the knowledge that will bring a killer to justice. Of course, the two heroes of this book are very unlikely and sometimes you wonder what in the heck are they thinking? They are not equipped to handle someone who is so ruthless and cunning as this killer is but then that is what makes them the perfect duo to outwit this killer.
Both have unique qualities that the killer underestimates and that will be their downfall. But, in the meantime, you are taken on a journey of China that I bet few of us will ever see. Enjoy the ride and the story, as it will leave you wanting more from this couple.
And without their American detective helping them back in Boston, they wouldn't be able to get as far as they did, but it's their cunning that ultimately saves the day and captures the killer and you won't believe the motive behind killing the mother in the first place. To me, it was a stupid thing, but I guess to some, losing face is worse than dying.
About the Author:
G.X. Chen, author of several books including The Mystery of Revenge, Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East and The Mystery of Moutai, is a freelance writer who loves reading, traveling and orchids. A graduate of Fudan University and University of New Mexico, she has taught literature at Fudan as well as the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute. She lives in the beautiful city of Boston with her husband, Steve.
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