My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars
Private investigator Lola Starke has more problems than should be allowed: her Ghost, Aubrey, is always in a huff about something. One client has hired her to find a missing person, and another has hired her to tail the first client. Everyone is up to no good, including her mother’s ghostly lover, the Mayor of Crescent City.
Set in an alternate 1930s, S.G. Wong’s noir detective tale is unlike anything else I’ve read. Her Crescent City is a setting where people of Chinese descent are in the majority, being Haunted is the norm (some people can see the ghosts, other can’t), and everyone seems to have their finger in the pot of organized crime.
I enjoyed the book, and found the characters well-rounded. There were some editorial issues that cost the book half a star for me, as they sometimes affected continuity and I had to double-check that I had the sense of the action.
And there is action aplenty. Those who like their “whodunnits” on the gritty side are sure to enjoy this book.