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Death by Chopsticks: Cheongsam Fashion Mysteries [Kindle Edition]

Carly Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bloody pearls, a high society corpse, and chopsticks don’t usually go together. Harpeth Hollow’s, own vintage loving sleuth, Joy-Li Judson, is confidently on the case. When one of her personal shopping customers from Franklin’s Department Store is discovered murdered, Joy-Li springs into action.

Lesley Jane Cranemoore’s body is discovered on the eve of one of her posh, charity, pool parties. Tonight’s party is to benefit an international Chinese adoption agency. The wealthy Mrs. Cranemoore gives generously to local charities and is loved by many. Who could have wanted to kill her? Her husband? Her visiting cousin? Joy-Li’s boss, Ginny Whinehart? A member of the Cranemoore staff? Or was the murder a horrific random act?

Meet Joy-Li Judson, personal shopper and vintage lover, in the first in The Cheongsam Fashion Mystery Series. It’s where murder, vintage, fashion, and Chinese food and culture combine.

Joy-Li Judson is a vintage obsessed fashion blogger, and crime solving sleuth. She’s a Chinese-American with a Middle Tennessee accent. She has a day job as a personal shopper for a fancy department store. Our girl is unafraid of couture, obsessed with thrifting vintage and, is confident in the face of danger. Joy-Li Judson never turns her back on a good sale or a good murder.


Product Details

  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carly Carter (April 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JS6H88O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read on a Summer Day! July 14, 2014
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Really enjoyed the fun laid back feel of this book. Characters are developed and easy to like....and you feel like you know them. The infusion of vintage fashion with food, wine, and culture are real world today. Nice easy read at the pool! I look forward to reading the next two in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SMART, SASSY ENJOYABLE READ! Thank you! July 7, 2014
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I was so ready for “Death By Chopsticks”!!! Having been raised on the likes of Remington Steele and Moonlighting with a healthy side of Murder She Wrote, I was thrilled and relieved that similar to those, “Chopsticks..” was fun and light without being silly! Thank you!!!! Carter’s characters are loveable. She knitted a smart and sassy plot, and I laughed that she had me to the end! Once I hit three quarters I had to hide in the bathroom and then stay up extra late after the kid was in bed to get to the frankly satisfying and tidy resolution. Something familiar, Something New! That’s the way to happiness they say! Settling down easily into the familiar small town setting and then experiencing the newness of having this beloved genre infused with Chinese Culture - Double Happiness. I cannot wait to read the next two installments! Just two more mounds of laundry and three piles of papers then I can grab Joy-li and head for the beach. I’m missing her wit, wisdom and “stylish” sleuthing already. Just wanted to say thank you for an enjoyable read rather than a shocking and abrasive and disturbing one like so many mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was a great introduction to what promises to be a delightful series. The characters are immediately endearing, the storyline is well developed, and the pace is consistent. Carly Carter brings Joy-Li, her friends, and her hometown to life and welcomes us to visit.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Read August 31, 2014
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I was sent this book for an honest review. I am a little late getting to this one! So first off let me start by saying Carly I am so sorry I am just now getting to post this! Now with that said time for the review:

Ok I liked this book, it wasn’t my favorite but it was pretty good. I didn’t like the way that things were repetitive. I got that she loved vintage at the first chapter I didn’t need to be told over and over again. Also the use of her blog name, it was there over and over (I haven’t checked to see if it is a real blog, maybe I’ll search it to see). I also wasn’t to fond of some word use. I’m picky there.

I DID love the characters. They were well developed and easy to like. I loved all the description that Carly uses throughout the book. You really got the full experience of everything. Joy-Li is a funny character, she is easy to like. A lot. She’s laid back, funny, full of life, and loves those she calls friends and family. Losing her parents at a young age makes her know how to appreciate the time she has with others. I loved the relationship she has with her grandparents and aunt. The love they have over shadows everything else. Its nice to see an author taking the time to show this strong family ties.

I would rate this book a 3 out of 5. While I enjoyed the book I couldn’t get over the repetitiveness of everything. There were times I found my self skipping pages or scheming them just to get over to new parts. There were a few grammar errors but nothing to crazy.

If you love a good mystery and crime solving then you will love this book. I figured the plot out before the book told us who murdered Lesley Jane Cranemoore! So yes I feel a little proud of myself. ;) so read it and come tell me if you figured it out as well! It is a BIG shocker! I will leave it at that! ENJOY!
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Carly Carter is a vintage and Chinese food loving mystery writer. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her college son and husband of 27 years.

Carly spends her free time in her vegetable garden and tending to the needs of her huskies... again.

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