Jun 18, 2010

Friday Finds: Food and Mysteries

Found these the other day but as they deserve their own post, they are listed under Friday Finds, a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Here's what I found while browsing at the library.

Kitchen Chinese: A Novel About Food, Family, and Finding Yourself
by Ann Mah (2010). Mah was born in California, worked in Beijing as dining editor for a magazine for four years, won a James Beard Culinary Scholarship, and now lives in Paris. Lucky lady!

Blood Hina: A Mas Arai Mystery by Naomi Hirahara (2010). Hirahara is an Edgar Award-winner. She lives in southern California. In this mystery novel, her character Mas Arai must clear his friend's name after the friend's fiancee goes missing.

Paper Butterfly: A Mei Wang Mystery by Diane Wei Liang (2009). The author is a graduate of Peking University and lives in London. Mei Wang is a successful private investigator in Beijing and appeared in the first mystery, The Eye of Jade.

Also couldn't resist the books of two of my favorite mystery/thriller authors:

A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok by Timothy Hallinan (2008). This books features travel writer Poke Rafferty and his adventures in Bangkok. One of the follow up novels is The Queen of Patpong: A Poke Rafferty Thriller, to be released in August.

A Darker God: A Laetitia Talbot Mystery (Mortalis) by Barbara Cleverly (2010). Cleverly writes historical and archaeological mysteries in unusual settings. Her titles include The Last Kashmiri Rose, The Damascened Blade, and The Tomb of Zeus. She lives in Cambridge, England.


  1. Hi Harvee

    Came across your blog on Shouldbe reading.

    In the spirit of that meme I thought I would stop on by.

    Definitely like the look of Kitchen Chinese.

    Do pop over the cyber pond to Spain, and see what you think of my choices.


  2. Hello Vanessa: Welcome to my blog! Glad you visited! Am now hopping over to your Friday Finds!

  3. Kitchen Chinese sounds great -- fantastic find!

  4. Thanks for the new-to-me books. I've read Hallinan, but not the others.

  5. Ooh these look intriguing! My finds are at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. I hope you get to read some of these books. They sound great!

  7. Harvee...Kitchen Chinese really appeals to me, but enjoy them ALL :)

  8. I want to read Kitchen Chinese!! Can not wait to read your thoughts on this one!

  9. Paper Butterfly looks interesting! Love that cover.. Plus the synopsis is captivating. Looks like one more addition to my TBR!

  10. i love reading about food in books so thanks for those links!

    I recently read The Last Chinese Chef: A Novel by Nicole Mones - while the plot was just okay, I enjoyed reading about the bits about food (my review here: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/04/book-review-last-chinese-chef-novel-by.html)


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