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Ms. Cooper is a new author. I do look forward to reading more in this series, hoping that since I know many of the characters, the story will have a better flow.

3.5 STAR REVIEW: THE JADE TIGER by E.W. Cooper

The DescriptionNEW YORK, OCTOBER 1928. The Big Apple teems with the glitter of Bright Young Things, Prohibition, and scofflaws—the perfect place for Penelope Harris to start her life over.
As a former opera singer turned Shanghai nightclub owner, she’s seen and done a lot, maybe too much. With any luck, she’ll leave more than The Jade Tiger casino behind her—a murdered husband, a blackmailing torch singer, and Thom Lund, the ex-cop who stole her heart. But Penelope has never had that kind of luck; her past is already waiting for her in New York.

When someone murders her chiseling blackmailer at an out-of-control party and Thom is accused of the crime, Penelope must face down her darkest memories to prove his innocence. Is the murderer her cousin Charles, suckered into a hasty marriage by Penelope’s blackmailer? Or is it Penelope’s over-protective mother, who can’t remember a thing after a blow to the head? Or was it Thom after all, ready to commit murder to save Penelope from the blackmailer’s wicked plans?

Among the opulent mansions of the obscenely wealthy and the grit of a Hell’s Kitchen speakeasy, Penelope and Thom must navigate double-crosses, bad liquor, bootleggers, and dark, obsessive love to find the murderer before the past reaches out to put a noose around both their necks.

The ReviewTHE JADE TIGER is the first book in A PENELOPE HARRIS MYSTERY series. The book is set in the early 1900s during prohibition in New York City with lots of throwbacks to China, where the story really begins. The Jade Tiger is the name of the casino that Penelope owned with her deceased husband in Shanghai, but she seemed more business savvy and cunning than he did. There are a lot of unsavory characters that passed through there, including Renee, who sang there, attracted men like flies who lavished everything they had on her until they had nothing left. Amazingly everyone turns up in New York!

There was some choppiness to the story. There’s a lot of darkness to the story along with a lot of criminal activity, murders, injuries, bad guys, cops, secrets, wealth and opulence or what could pass for it, blackmail, family, and how they stuck together. There are a lot of characters to wade through, sometimes with difficulty. This is Penelope and Lund’s story, who met in Shanghai, and that story is the backdrop for what happens in New York. The story takes a lot of twists and turns with Penelope always in the thick of things trying to solve a murder as well as piece together other events whether she should be there or not. Her family is always involved in one way or another. There is some closure, but it didn’t go far enough for me. I enjoyed both the historical notes and the questions for the discussions at the back of the book.

Ms. Cooper is a new author. I do look forward to reading more in this series, hoping that since I know many of the characters, the story will have a better flow.

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About The Author

EW CooperAuthor of The Jade Tiger (The Booklife Prize 2020 Finalist for Mystery/Thriller), E.W. Cooper lives quietly with her partner, children, three dogs, and one cat in a very noisy house in South Texas. A lifelong fan of mystery novels and Grand Opera, Ms. Cooper is hard at work on Book 2 of the Penelope Harris Mystery series, Murder at the Met.​

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

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