Library Journal Review
After a seven-year hiatus, PIs Lydia Chin and Bill Smith are back on the mean streets of New York City. A colleague hires Lydia to find a Chinese police officer who has absconded with jewelry belonging to a Jewish refugee family who had fled to Shanghai in 1938. The man is presumed to be in New York trying to sell it. Soon other complications ensue, as another Chinese cop is found dead. Using letters and journal entries from the 1930s and 1940s, Rozan sets the stage for the modern quest for the missing valuables stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. She also gives us a brilliant look into the culture of Chinese American families today and an exciting mystery. Readers who have waited patiently for this one will not be disappointed. Highly recommended. [Library marketing; see Prepub Mystery, LJ 10/1/08.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
The hunt for a valuable brooch propels Edgar-winner Rozan's ninth Lydia Chin and Bill Smith nail-biter (after 2002's Winter and Night). In 1938, Rosalie Gilder, an 18-year-old Jewish refugee, left Nazi-annexed Austria for Japanese-occupied Shanghai, where she married the aristocratic Chen Kai-Rong. Chen had a jeweler create the Shanghai Moon, a brooch combining Rosalie's mother's diamonds with his ancestors' rare jade. Its disappearance during WWII interests treasure hunters in the present day. When Wong Pan, a corrupt Chinese official, steals Rosalie's jewelry box, recently unearthed in Shanghai, a Swiss asset-recovery specialist hires Joel Pilarsky, Lydia's friend and associate, to recover it in New York City, where Wong has fled in hopes of selling Rosalie's jewels on the black market. After Joel's murdered, Lydia and Bill follow a trail to Manhattan's Chinatown, where they encounter Rosalie's son and other relatives eager to recover the brooch. More surprises abound before Lydia and Bill can put the curse of the luminous Shanghai Moon to rest in Rozan's rich blend of historical mystery and contemporary suspense. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
When sleuthing gets stressful, private investigator Lydia Chin downs savory plates of noodles and pungent cups of tea. In this new entry in Rozan's critically acclaimed series (after Winter and Night, 2002), Chin has plenty of cause to consume carbs. Not long after a fellow investigator enlists her assistance, he is shot dead in his office. The two were just starting to make headway on a case, which involved recovery of stolen jewels once belonging to Holocaust survivors. Lydia stays on the case, enlisting her former partner, Bill Smith, even though the two have been on the outs for some time. Lydia soon delves into the diaries of Rosalie Gilder, an Austrian Jew who was sent to Shanghai at a young age to avoid Hitler's death camps. Gilder later married a Chinese man, and a stunning necklace became the symbol of their union. Pursuit of that long-lost bejeweled creation nearly gets Lydia and Bill killed. Rozan's engaging plots and compelling characters have earned her every major mystery award, but this lukewarm offering isn't up to the author's usual level of suspense.--Block, Allison Copyright 2008 Booklist