Book: Something Fishy in Manhattan by JB Clemmens
categories: Book, Detective, Fiction, Japanese, Romance and Mystery, Art, Mystery
JB Clemmens about this book: Because my nephew is a chef in New York City and my son lives in Tokyo, Japan, I became interested in the Japanese art of fugu preparation. It takes over seven years to become certified as a fugu chef and there are very few of them, especially in the US.
My character, Hoshi Sato is an honorable man in love with his childhood sweetheart and his dream of owning a restaurant in Manhattan where his love, Emi Suniko teaches art. Hoshi takes a class along with twelve others, and one of them, an evil con man, dies after eating Hoshi's blowfish. Lieutenant Eli James, also in the class, suspects Hoshi then learns that most of the other class members had good reasons to kill the victim. James is pressed for time to find the killer who may be getting away with more than murder.
I did a lot of research on Japanese customs, fugu licensing, art and investment fraud during the writing of Something Fishy in Manhattan. Anyone interested in those topics as well as murder mystery fans would enjoy the book. The cover by Jennifer Fitzgerald reflects the dilemma of the detective when things are not what they seem in the city. The Lieutenant will serve again in my upcoming books, No Substitute for Murder and The Die-Lemma.
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