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In Beacon Hill, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Boston, a wealthy widow dies in her sleep, while in Cambridge, where academia meets high tech, a dog is slaughtered. One death has seemingly no bearing on the other until the death in a remote Chinese village is announced.Answering the call from a friend, amateur detectives Ann Lee and Fang Chen rush to the ancientIn Beacon Hill, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Boston, a wealthy widow dies in her sleep, while in Cambridge, where academia meets high tech, a dog is slaughtered. One death has seemingly no bearing on the other until the death in a remote Chinese village is announced.Answering the call from a friend, amateur detectives Ann Lee and Fang Chen rush to the ancient village, where the branches of a family tree stretch from China to New Zealand, Australia, and the US, and where—to Ann’s great chagrin—Fang Chen becomes obsessed with a girl being pursued by a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to sacrifice her in the name of love.Will Fang Chen’s untimely passion get in the way of his investigation and destroy his partnership with Ann? Can the amateur sleuths outsmart the cunning and crafty killer?...

Title : The Fatal Sin of Love
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ISBN : 9781507526149
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 215 Pages
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The Fatal Sin of Love Reviews

  • Lysander Hansen
    2019-05-17 20:43

    I don’t want to give much of the story away because there is so much of it and it’s very intense. Fang Chen and Ann follow an investigation across continents, dedicated detectives that they are, and go deeper into a family history all in effort to solve the question how two seemingly unconnected deaths could be related. Fang Chen quickly becomes overly invested in the case when he finds himself more than professionally concerned for the girl being pursued by a sinister killer. This is where the tension arises between himself and his investigative partner, and where the story really starts.Chen is excellent at leading her readers through intense situations and keeping them invested emotionally. She’s an excellent author in so many ways. However, taking a step back from the story itself, I love how Chen doesn’t do as most authors might. She doesn’t avoid cultural history and uses her novels as an opportunity to teach a thing or two about events that have shaped Chinese culture and families for generations. I personally didn’t know much about Chinese history before I began reading G.X. Chen’s work — it’s not something that’s readily taught in U.S. school systems, even when you get to a U.S. university.This novel touches on the subject of the Great Famine — a horrific event in Chinese history in which 36 to 45 million died. Mao Zedong introduced drastic changes which affected farmers — private farm ownership and private farming was prohibited during the catalyst event, The Great Leap Forward. (It was a campaign launched by the Communist Party of China. You can find information anywhere on the web if you want to learn more.) People were meant to collectivize their farming efforts but this ended up being disastrous. Individuals were left starving at grain warehouses, calling for Chairman Mao’s help even as they were denied access to granaries in Hanan and Hebei. Disaster in general was the result of changes in policy and method of farming. Millions starved to death. I can’t even imagine the fact that this was a bare few years back, as recently as 1962. According to most sources, production went from 200 tons of food to a bare 143 tons of food in a period of 4 years.What we see in this novel, secondarily, is the affect this still has on the mindset of Chinese culture and Chinese farmers. Families still live and remember these times. As in Chen’s other novels, we see how history, no matter how near or far, still leaves ripples on the surface. The novel itself spans timelines and generations, Chen effortlessly guiding the readers through the past and present, through a culture many don’t know a lot about unless they truly care to. Chen’s work is beautiful in so many ways, and she is a master of tension and leaving a solution untold until the very end.

  • Donna Gulotta
    2019-05-14 21:02

    If you enjoyed G. X. Chen's The Mystery of Moutai (Back Bay Investigation), I highly recommend her absorbing new sequel, The Fatal Sin of Love. When it comes to murder mysteries, I tend to read English works almost exclusively. Chen's latest book is one of the exceptions. The unfolding mystery that takes place in upscale Boston, where I've taught for many years, combined with the exotic intrigue of what takes place in Chen's homeland of China, makes for a very captivating read. I don't want to give ANYTHING away, so suffice it to say that, as one who loves the writings of P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Dorothy Sayers, I also thoroughly enjoy Chen's mysteries; they are without parallel.

  • Sylvia
    2019-05-06 00:40

    Well, Ms. Chen is turning me into a mystery novel reader. Love the intricate details of the book, keep you guessing on WHO DONE IT. It also made me want to visit Beacon Hills and places she mentioned with fresh eyes. Learn new things on the different Chinese customs and whatnot. Very interesting reading, make sure you have a chunk of time before you get started. Once you get going, you won’t want to stop !!

  • Glenda Bixler
    2019-05-02 18:56

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  • Nanea Knott
    2019-04-21 20:34

    Jane finds out a distant relative has died and left her father a fortune. Shortly thereafter, she receives a box of poisoned chocolates. Her roommate Anne, and Anne’s best friend Fang Chen are now on the case. Multiples murders spanning two countries keep the amateur sleuths guessing. With the help of Detective Paul Winderman, they work to unravel the convoluted case of the tainted treats.Overall I thought the book was good, but there were things that made it hard for me to get through it. Point of view was an issue. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was speaking. One sentence would be from the point of view of one character and the next would be someone else. The other thing was that while the writer used an expansive and varied vocabulary, there were syntax errors - words out of order in sentences, as well as general grammatical errors. It often interrupted the flow of the scenes while I stopped to figure out what they meant. I got the impression the writer is probably not a native English speaker, but is an excellent storyteller. This book would have dazzled me if it had first passed under the pen of a good editor. The twists and turns were interesting. The investigations spanned several generations and continents. I learned things about China I never knew. I liked the book and I would recommend it, but getting through it might take some patience on the part of the reader.

  • Niecey
    2019-04-30 21:00

    I went into this book blindly not knowing what to expect or what it was about other than just a mere mystery. And I suggest you go into it with only knowing that. Mrs.Chen does an exceptional job at drawing you, as if you were watching the whole thing play out in front of you. She has done and excellent Job at describing characters which in turn allow you to connect with these characters.The main focus of the mystery is something I found very unique. it's very different from other mystery's I've read and that is definitely something I can appreciate. She also does a great job at involving her readers, there was a point where I was sure I had figured out who it was. Just for Mrs. Chen to flip the script.I definitely recommend to anyone who is a lover of mystery's and exceptional character development.

  • Emily
    2019-05-11 19:35

    As a Bostonian myself, it's always exciting to encounter a story set in a familiar area. I love mysteries, and don't want to give too much away, but if you've read the first book in this series, The Fatal Sin of Love should be easy enough to follow. I love police procedurals as well (especially on tv), and am always excited when they include the entire process (not just the trial or interviewing witnesses) but also the behind-the-scenes, detail-oriented investigating, forensics, and traveling that goes on! Chen's newest book is a great thriller. You'll have to take my word for it, because I don't want to spoil it for you!!

  • Hwaheron
    2019-04-25 17:55

    Another intriguing and interesting book of Chen.The suspense incorporated with historical cultural background of China, complicated by international relations keeps me hooked on the story. It was hard to stop reading, but it was even harder to read too fast. I wanted to take time to enjoy all the details while I was so anxious to know the end result. I also enjoyed reading the love and friendship woven into the main characters. Chen didn't leave out any entertaining elements in this story. This is the suspense story you don't want to miss.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-14 18:33

    I won this book on goodreads. It is the second in the series about the back bay investigation group. A wealthy widow dies in her sleep, a dog is slaughtered and then there is a death in a remote Chinese village. A friend asks Ann and Fang to figure out what is going on. I found this book confusing with the Chinese names and the large amounts of relatives.

  • Victor
    2019-05-07 01:56

    Readers who are familiar with Ms. Chen's previous thrillers will not be disappointed with this evocative murder mystery. Rich in character development, colorful in detail, and suspenseful to the end, The Fatal Sin of Love is the proverbial page-turner! If I am left with any question, it's, "When will Chen's next novel be available?" A transcontinental treat for mystery aficionados!

  • Smn
    2019-05-16 22:55

    Loved the development of the story and characters. Found myself "guessing" all along the way...and eventually wrong about the killer. Rather enjoyed the main characters and their interaction. A great read!!