Jennifer J Chow launches her latest cozy mystery, Mimi Lee Reads Between The Lines
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Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 320 pages
Digital ASIN: B084V8MB5M
When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.
Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.
Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.
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Author Interview with Jennifer J Chow
Your latest novel, Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, involves a dead elementary school teacher. Was this novel a little payback for a bad teacher in your history? Or just a fun place to set a cozy mystery?
Ha! I don’t think I even had a horrible elementary teacher. Middle school, on the other hand . . .
Seriously, I used the school setting because Alice (Mimi Lee’s younger sister) works there.
As a writer of both Multicultural Mysteries & Fantastical YA, your characters range from senior sleuths to talking cats, plus immigrants, mothers, and pet groomers. How do you find your way into such a vast array of characters?
I’m not sure. Usually, the characters spring to my mind. I suppose I like meeting all sorts of people in real life, and that interest translates into my writing.
You write both series and standalone novels. How do you know if a novel is going to be the start of a series or a single story?
For series, I can usually see an arc across different books. Sometimes, a finished novel will also call out to me for further expansion. (And if I’ve got a multi-book deal, that definitely sways my decision!)
In addition to writing novels and short stories, you also blog about delicious treats, do you like to cook and bake? Or just enjoy the fruits of other chefs?
I love cooking and baking. There’s something wonderful about starting off with ingredients, mixing them together, and then ending up with a fulfilling (and filling) product. That’s not to say, though, that I’m not a foodie and delight in the labors of other chefs.
You recently joined Chicks on the Case, a group of female mystery writers who blog. How did that relationship develop? And how much fun is it to be a chick?
This was such an out-of-the-blue blessing. I did a guest post for Chicks on the Case. Soon after that, I attended an online writing convention. In the chat box, I mentioned how much I loved being in the warm atmosphere of a writing community. What timing! Because a founding member of the blog was stepping down, so a spot had opened up, and one of the Chicks reached out to me.
The Chicks are an amazing group of supportive women. They’re like the sisters I never had. Here’s one of our fun group posts: https://chicksonthecase.com/2020/10/02/chick-chat-hobbies/
Tell us about the wonderful animals who help you write.
I grew up with pet chickens, birds, and bunnies.
My most recent writing inspiration came from Wonderous, my friend’s pet Chihuahua, who inspired the tiny dog breed in the first book of the Sassy Cat Mysteries, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue.
What are you working on now?
Book 3 in the Sassy Cat series. It’s called Mimi Lee Cracks the Code and involves a Catalina Island vacation gone sideways.
Great to have you visit with us today. Best of luck with your latest novel!
Jennifer J Chow
Jennifer J. Chow is the author of the hiss-terical Sassy Cat Mysteries, the Winston Wong cozies, Dragonfly Dreams, and The 228 Legacy.
She lives in Los Angeles, where she hunts for all things matcha.
Connect with her online and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferjchow.com. You can also find her on social media under @jenjchow.
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