Oct 21, 2014

Death at Chinatown: An Emily Cabot Mystery by Frances McNamara

First Chapter, First Paragraphis a weekly meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B; choose two teaser sentences from a random page of your current read.

Title: Death at Chinatown: An Emily Cabot Mystery
Author: Frances McNamara
Published April 16, Allium Press

"I son of Chou." "I son of Yang." The others proffered their papers and Lewis spread them on the table, where he began perusing them.
First chapter: 
"Mr. Cormick here suffered injuries from a shotgun blast a month ago." The surgeon gestured and looked down, but I kept my eyes on the balding patch just visible on the top of his head. "We were unable to locate all of the pellets at the time of original treatment and he has been in continual pain ever since. Today, gentlemen...and ladies," Dr. Erickson said with a bow in our direction, "we will, for the first time, use a new technique which the German physician Dr. Roentgen discovered while experimenting with a Crookes tube." He paused to point at a round glass bulb mounted on a wooden stand. 
Publisher description:
Summer of 1896: amateur sleuth Emily Cabot meets two young Chinese women who have recently received medical degrees. When one of the women is accused of poisoning a Chinese herbalist, Emily finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. But she must first settle a quarrel with her husband, help quell a political uprising, and overcome threats against her family. Issues such as restrictions on immigration, conflict between Western and Eastern medicine, and women's struggle to balance family and work, are woven throughout this historical mystery. Rich with details of life in Chicago's original Chinatown, this fifth book in the series will delight history buffs and mystery lovers alike.
I am eager to read this one as I am interested in the history of the Chinese in early America as well as historical mystery novels.

Based on the excerpts, would you continue reading?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for possible review.


  1. This sounds interesting... I'd continue.

  2. Oh, yes, what an intriguing premise and great excerpts. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Struggled to get into this but I'm currently reading a slow starter myself.

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  4. This sounds like one I would enjoy. I liked the opening paragraph. Too bad though that it is the 5th book in a series. It is probably a stand alone, but I would be wondering what I missed.

  5. I would definitely keep reading! I love historical mysteries, and this one sounds right up my alley.

  6. The characters, setting, and plot sound fascinating, but since it's the fifth book in the series, I'd rather start with the first book.
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  7. The premise of this one sounds really interesting, but I wasn't a big fan of the intro.
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  8. I think I would continue... I think the history of the Chinese in early America and the snapshots of life in Chinatown would be very interesting.

  9. I love historical mysteries so would definitely keep reading . That cover would be enough to get my attention.

  10. I'd read some more; this sounds different. Thanks for joining us this week.

  11. The opening paragraph didn't grab me, but the book description did. I'd like to read this mystery.

  12. I'd take another look at it.

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