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Book Review: Black Jade – A Daiyu Wu Mystery by Gloria Oliver

Hello guys. What’re you currently reading? Today I’m reviewing one of my fav books this year. A very intriguing and cozy mystery with a lot of hilarious dialogues. I adore this book.

Title: Black Jade

Series: Daiyu Wu Mystery

Author: Gloria Oliver

Publisher: Dimension Palace Publishing

Publication Date: June 20, 2021

ISBN: 9781733951173

Pages: 246


Could an old-fashioned ballgown be used to commit murder?

Daiyu Wu is aware that fear of the Yellow Terror has made her nationality a rare breed in the Lone Star State. Being Chinese and blind makes her doubly unique in 1930 Dallas.

Despite these impediments, anyone who dismisses her for either fact does so at their peril.One day, at her family-owned laundry business, Dai detects the scent of burned garlic. With the help of her companion, Jacques, the source is soon discovered. It is a green ballgown.

The gown has money pinned inside it to pay for the cleaning, but oddly, it came with no address label to identify its owner. Her extensive knowledge leads Dai to believe someone has committed murder using arsenic.

The perpetrator is trying to use White Laundry to hide the evidence. But no mention of foul play turns up in the newspapers, and there’s not enough proof to convince the police there’s been a crime.

Her curiosity and intellect stimulated like never before; Dai ignores the possible consequences and sets out to solve the mystery with the help of her canine companion, Prince Razor, and her confidant, Jacques Haskins.

It’s either that or let the killer get away with it β€” assuming a spoiled popinjay, his jealous self-appointed girlfriend, and Dai’s overprotective parents don’t get in her way.

This was one of those books that I thought wasn’t good at the beginning. The first chapter was quite confusing, I couldn’t understand some of the terms. All I got was a blind lady called Dai and her friend trying to find something.

From there, I got an idea of what was going on. That was when it started making sense and became so much more intriguing.There are few characters in the book, so almost all of them were explained in detail. I love Dai’s character very much. She’s fierce, funny, very smart and willing to help others quickly. The duo reminded me of Sherlock a lot πŸ˜€

Jacques is the best frΓ­end anyone could wish for. Their dialogues are so funny as well.The plot is very different, i must say. I enjoyed reading how Dai and Jacques discovered a well hidden plot by someone to murder. After enlisting the help of others they set out.

It was an incredulous journey for them, meeting new people, feeling a new sense of purpose.The description was very visual and i love the many types of wonderful clothes Dai wore. I understood more about arsenic and how deadly it can be.

The cover was not captivating to me. It looked dull and not really what i like. Thank God I didn’t conclude how the book would be because of the cover πŸ˜‚

Finally I love love love this book. It’s so intriguing, it feels so refreshing reading it, the funny dialogues make me crack up with laughter. I enjoyed reading this book.

Much thanks to the author for sending me this ARC copy.

About The Author

Gloria Oliver is a Cat Slave and Spec Fic author with nine plus Fantasy/YA Fantasym, Sci-Fi, and Cozy Mystery books in print and several short stories in varied anthologies.

She is also an avid reader, movie lover, and soundtrack junkie.

For more info on the author or her books, including sample chapters and free reads, please visit

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