WAYS TO DIE
Publisher: Soho Crime (October, 2018)
*** This book will be released in paperback 24 September, 2019. ($15.95) It is available for pre-order at online book sources.
A Taipei Night Market Mystery (Book 3)
Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
Taipei, Taiwan: Chen Jing-nan is looking forward to a relaxing night with his girlfriend after a long evening running his food stall in the Night Market. He isn’t best pleased when he gets a call from his old school friend and sometime pain in the neck Peggy Lee. She is crying, incoherent, freaking out. Finely she manages to tell him that her father, the very wealthy Tong-tong, has been kidnapped. The bold assailants snatched him right off a banquet stage, in full view of a room full of officials and old-age pensioners.
Jing-nan is known for his smarts and sleuthing abilities as well as his cooking. Feeling some loyalty to his old school chum, he agrees to help. He joins forces with his two employees at his food stall in the Night Market, his girlfriend Nancy, Peggy and the two police officers assigned to keep her safe. The kidnappers tell Peggy that if she doesn’t deliver a special memory chip within three days her father will die. She has no idea where it is, but Nancy has an idea of who could help find it: in prison. Retrieval proves to be somewhat difficult, to say the least.
The captors raise the stakes when, on live television, they show Tong-Tong and another captive in a humiliating situation, caged like animals. Their next move is shocking and violent. With the clock ticking, Jing-nan and his Scooby gang throw caution to the wind, chasing down every clue, pulling in every favor.99 WAYS TO DIE is an exciting thriller, steeped in Taiwanese culture created by the eclectic mix of indigenous groups, native Taiwanese, and ethnic Chinese from the mainland. The frequent mention of the exotic and delicious cuisine will whet the reader’s appetite. The sights, sounds, and smells, both heavenly and hellish, come alive on the page. Jing-nan is a delightful protagonist, injecting humor throughout the story. Recommended.
Other titles in this series: GHOST MONTH and INCENSED.
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