Ill-Fated Fortune was an enjoyable read. I've found a new author to delve into her backlist and can't wait for this series to continue. I totally recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.


The Description

A Magical Fortune Cookie Novel: Book 1
Publication Date: February 20, 2024

Felicity Jin grew up literally hanging onto Mom’s apron strings in their magical bakery in the quaint town of Pixie, California. Her mother’s enchanted baked goods, including puffy pineapple buns and creamy egg tarts, bring instant joy to all who consume them. Felicity has always been hesitant in the kitchen herself after many failed attempts, but a takeout meal gone wrong inspires her to craft some handmade fortune cookies.

They become so popular that Felicity runs out of generic fortunes and starts making her own personalized predictions. When one customer’s ill-fated fortune results in his murder, Felicity’s suspiciously specific fortune has the police focusing on her as the main culprit. Now Felicity must find a way to turn her luck around and get cleared from suspicion.

The Review

I’ve been trying to expand and diversify my reading, so when the request for Ill-Fated Fortune came across my desk, I wanted to give it a try. It’s by Jennifer J. Chow, a new-to-me author, and it’s the first book of the new Magical Fortune Cookie series.

The series follows Felicity “Lissa” Jin, along with her mother, her best friend Kelvin, and her godmother. They live in a small, tight-knit community near Fresno, California. Felicity’s mom runs the family bakery, and as this story begins, Felicity is making the move to the back of the bakery rather than just manning the cash register. The Jin family has a little baking magic where their pastries bring joy to those who partake of the sweets. And their baked goods aren’t as tasty when the Jins aren’t feeling particularly happy. It’s an interesting little twist for this series.

I liked the characters and the small glimpses into Chinese and Chinese-American culture. Felicity was a likable character, and while she wasn’t the sharpest of sleuths, she did actively try to solve the murder and wasn’t too sidetracked. I liked the secondary characters. Felicity’s mom was a hoot, and I foresee Kelvin moving from best friend territory to a possible love interest.

The murder mystery itself was well crafted and had me on my toes until the murderer was unmasked. There were enough suspects and motives to keep things interesting, and I found the solution quite satisfying. The mystery did not get lost in all the world-building that had to happen with this introduction to the series.

Ill-Fated Fortune was an enjoyable read. I’ve found a new author to delve into her backlist and can’t wait for this series to continue. I totally recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.

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About The AuthorJennifer J. Chow writes cozies filled with hope and heritage. She is an Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty Award-nominated author. Her newest series is the Magical Fortune Cookie mysteries; the first book is Ill-Fated Fortune. Jennifer’s previous series is the L.A. Night Market Mysteries. Death by Bubble Tea was reviewed by the New York Times, featured in Woman’s World, and hit the SoCal Indie Bestseller List. Jennifer currently serves as Immediate Past President on the board of Sisters in Crime and blogs at She is an active member of Crime Writers of Color and Mystery Writers of America.


Blog Tour Schedule

February 16 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – AUTHOR GUEST POST

February 16 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 16 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

February 17 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

February 17 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

February 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 18 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW


February 19 – Boys’ Mom Reads! – REVIEW

February 19 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

February 19 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 20 – Angel’s Book Nook – SPOTLIGHT

February 20 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

February 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

February 21 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 22 – The Mystery of Writing – SPOTLIGHT

February 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – RECIPE

February 23 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – REVIEW

February 23 – Sarah Can’t Stop Reading Books – REVIEW

February 23 – Novels Alive – REVIEW


Jen K
Jen K
As a former small press and freelance editor and owner of the blog, Romancing the Book, Jen has been helping promote books for over 15 years. During the day, she works for an international energy management company. In her free time, she can be found walking her puppies Monkey and Luna, playing video games, watching some sort of sporting event (Go Gonzaga!) or most likely reading. Her favorite genres are cozy mysteries and historical romance, but is also partial to western small town contemporary romance as well. You'll never see her reading sci-fi or horror. Jen lives in eastern Washington.



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Ill-Fated Fortune was an enjoyable read. I've found a new author to delve into her backlist and can't wait for this series to continue. I totally recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.4-STAR REVIEW: ILL-FATED FORTUNE by Jennifer J. Chow