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Death by Chopsticks: Cheongsam Fashion Mysteries [Kindle Edition]

Carly Carter
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 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.

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"Five stars!"- Candace Davidson, Goodreads

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 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: #547,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 Death by Chopsticks November 19, 2014
By Melanie
Format:Kindle Edition
I love cozy mysteries and this one sounded like fun when I read the summary. I didn't end up liking it as much as I thought I would, though. I've read quite a few cozy mysteries and like the creative touches that a lot of authors in this genre have given their books which I felt were lacking in this one.

Let's start with what I didn't like: Joy-Li talks quite a bit about healthy Chinese food and how easy and delicious it is, but there wasn't one recipe in this book! I'm not looking for a recipe book but two or three sprinkled throughout would be nice. I also don't enjoy cooking but I do love Chinese food and vegetables so it would be nice to have some recipes on hand when I get my Chinese food craving. [Note: The author informed me that she has heard this from multiple readers and a companion cookbook will be offered for free in a few weeks.]

There's lots of repetition, especially in Joy-Li's website, I counted seven times, which might not seem like a lot but some of them are on back to back pages and almost all of them are Joy-Li telling the reader, which felt awkward to me. The website is active (it actually redirects you to the author's website) and I would have liked to see it incorporated more, maybe by including some of the tips from her actual website at the beginning of some of the chapters with a reference to her website. Then, it would have been repetitious without being awkward.

What I liked was the actual story! Joy-Li is a personal shopper who loves vintage clothes and solving murders. Joy-Li has been Lesley Cranemoore's personal shopper in the past and now she has been found murdered. She was preparing to have a big party at her home but instead was found with two puncture wounds in her neck and clutching chopsticks.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars I Feel Misled
I feel kind of guilty writing a bad review but honestly I tried three times to read this book. I loved the title and it sounded so fun but I found it choppy - meaning there was no... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrea Partee
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great read Lots of characters well rounded out. what's of actionand plenty going on. Looking forward to many more by this author
Published 6 months ago by zackbeck
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a good book but the two books I read had many
Could have been a good book but the two books I read had many, many long passages that were word for word reprints.
Published 7 months ago by Kathryne Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done!
I stumbled onto this author when browsing social media for recipes. I'm so glad I did. Carly Carter has created an enjoyable read in Death by Chopsticks with an engaging cast of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alissa Lone
3.0 out of 5 stars but otherwise easy read for a weekend
Okay story, repeats that heroine loves vintage fashion far too often, but otherwise easy read for a weekend.
Published 9 months ago by Misschief
3.0 out of 5 stars more typos
The plot and characters were good. The editing is awful. If you can't afford an editor, at least ask someone to be a critical reader and read for typos.
Published 12 months ago by reader222
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pleasures of Vintage
Death by Chopsticks is a fast and fun trip to the world of vintage shopping, authentic and wholesome Chinese cooking and a host of memorable characters. Read more
Published 12 months ago by michelle moggio
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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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