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A friend sent me this book but I found it difficult to read as the print was too light and the paper it was printed on cheap and added to the books unreadability. It's a measure of how much I enjoyed it though that I came here and purchased it in audio format.
I found it intriguing because I don't think I have ever read a mystery set in China that did not have a western character in it anywhere. And It's a good book. But I had to adjust my expectations in order to enjoy it. I was expecting a mystery, and it is that, but only sort of. The whole mystery thing is not developed very well. What interested me about the book was place and people. I enjoy arm chair traveling and this book did a pretty good job with time-and-place. It says this book is the first book in a series that the author is planning and I think she was laying a lot of background introductions to the characters and Mei's family situation. If there is a book two I plan to give it a try. There was just enough in this book to like that I will give this author another chance. But when a book is advertised as a mystery I expect the mystery to be the focus so I didn't give this book top marks.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
More mystery. A great concept, a female Chinese PI. Book started off great and just went down hill.
Has The Eye of Jade turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, I like the idea of a female Chinese PI
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Narrator was good. I enjoyed her.
What character would you cut from The Eye of Jade?
I don't know it's just a mish mash of characters. Her sister is not likeable.
Any additional comments?
It's as if the author had a ton of ideas and not enough Adderall. To me, she was all over the place.
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