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Death by Bubble Tea (L.A. Night Market #1) (Mass Market)
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Two cousins who start a food stall at their local night market get a serving of murder in this first novel of a delicious new cozy mystery series by Jennifer J. Chow, bestselling author of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.
When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn’t seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it’s a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn’t cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine’s career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she’s just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.
Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine’s surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They’re quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit—literally—when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they’ll be serving is time.
About the Author
Jennifer J. Chow is the Lefty Award-nominated author of the Sassy Cat Mysteries and the L.A. Night Market Mysteries. The first in the Sassy Cat series, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue, was selected as an Overdrive Recommended Read; a PopSugar Best Summer Beach Read; and one of BuzzFeed’s Top 5 Books by AAPI authors. She currently serves as Vice President on the national board of Sisters in Crime and is an active member of Crime Writers of Color and Mystery Writers of America. Connect with her online at www.jenniferjchow.com.
“Yale and Celine’s growing loyalty to each other, coupled with the warmth of Chow’s prose, adds extra depth, just like the tapioca balls nestled in a glass of bubble tea.”—New York Times Book Review
"Jennifer J. Chow pens an evocative L.A. cozy seasoned with suspense, family drama, and a smart and engaging amateur sleuth. Death by Bubble Tea is a clever and cunning culinary mystery that is sure to leave readers satisfied but longing for another visit to the Night Market."—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author
"Delightful! Death by Bubble Tea is a cozy culinary treat that will tingle your taste buds and satisfy your craving for mystery. Filled with culture, family and food, Chow has crafted a whodunit that will keep you guessing. A great start to a much anticipated new series!"—Abby Collette, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series
"Appealing characters and the alluring setting of a night market make Death by Bubble Tea a delicious page-turner of a mystery."—Ellen Byron, Agatha Award winner and USA Today bestselling author of Cajun Kiss of Death
"As addictive as shrimp dumplings and sticky rice in lotus leaves, Jennifer J. Chow’s Death By Bubble Tea will provide a delightful treat for lovers of culinary cozies. With its intrepid sleuth and vividly-drawn setting, this clever whodunit will have you greedily turning the pages for more."—Leslie Karst, author of the Lefty Award-nominated Sally Solari series
"Chow cooks up a savory blend of cutthroat foodie culture, juicy red herrings, and warm family dynamics in this tasty series debut."—Shari Randall, author of the Lobster Shack Mystery series
"Like salt and caramel, tea and tapioca, Chow’s sleuthing cousins are the perfect odd couple...Death By Bubble Tea has a twist like a bao bun and is just as satisfying."—Raquel V. Reyes, author of the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series
"Delicious treats, family drama, and a bit of murder are the order of the day for Yale Yee, the engaging and multilayered lead in Death by Bubble Tea. A fantastic series starter, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the Yee family and the Eastwood Village Night Market regulars. Don’t forget to try the recipes at the end!"—Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic and Adobo
"Death by Bubble Tea bubbles over with great characters, an intricate plot, a setting you’ll want to move to, and oh, the food. I can’t wait for the next book in this series."—Sherry Harris, Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale and Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mysteries
"Death by Bubble Tea is a delectable series debut with a pair of amateur sleuths that will steal your heart and leave you hungry for more!"—Kate Lansing, author of Mulled to Death
"A tasty new cozy series! Yale Yee doesn’t have high hopes about an upcoming visit from a spoiled cousin whom she barely knows. Even worse, when they work together in the highly original venue of a bustling night market, the cousins soon become murder suspects, testing the bonds of family. Author Jennifer Chow’s food descriptions are not only mouth-watering but beautifully elegant."—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of Murder Outside the Lines
“Chow's choice to set the mystery in a night market is a stroke of genius.”—BookPage
“A deliciously fun whodunit.”—Woman's World
"A delicious exploration into family, culture, and above all, food...Chow gets so much right in this book, from the exploration of Asian cultures in L.A. to the growing relationship between the cousins. A fun start to a wonderful new series."—First Clue