Los Angeles, 1908. In Chinatown, the most dangerous beat in Los Angeles, police matron Anna Blanc and her former sweetheart, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white missionary woman, stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. Her lover has fled. If news gets out that a white woman was murdered in Chinatown, there will be a violent backlash against the Chinese. Joe and Anna plan to solve the crime quietly and keep the death a secret. So does good-looking Mr. Jones, a prominent Chinese leader who has mixed feelings about helping the LAPD and about Anna.
Meanwhile, the Hop Sing tong has kidnapped two slave girls from the Bing Kong tong, fuelling existing tensions. They are poised on the verge of a bloody tong war that would put all Chinatown residents in danger.
Joe orders Anna out of Chinatown to keep her safe, but to atone for her own family’s sins, Anna must stay to solve the crime before news of the murder is leaked and Chinatown explodes. (From Goodreads)
I rate this book a 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Thank you again to Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review.
I don’t want to say much as it’s a sequel. But I did find myself enjoying this one more than the first. I liked the advancement of Anna’s character. I felt she was more like-able in this book, less cringe-worthy, bratty moments, so that made for a more pleasant reading experience. I liked the addition of the new characters in this one. Also, something to be added, I felt this book was a tad bit more violent than the first one too. Overall I liked it. I still think the writing is good, and well paced, and I see growth between The Secret Life of Anna Blanc and this one. I feel like it was more refined. I am still not sure I am sold on Sherlock Holmes inspired books, but I am glad I at least gave them a shot.