Ellie is an appealing heroine who tries hard to balance her choice of career with the suspicions of the police that her friends have. She has broken up with a boyfriend that her family likes and she finds the police detective, an older man, attractive. Ellie digs into Jenny's life and unearths various clues to Jenny's state of mind concerning her life in the USA and her mother's life and death in Vietnam. I enjoyed this book with its cosmopolitan LA setting, undertones of political shenanigans and interesting murder. I hope that more adventures for Ellie will follow.
Naomi and her husband Wes make their home in Southern California. Her mystery serial, Heist in Crown City, appeared in Asahi Weekly in Japan twice a month. She leads a number of writing workshops and taught a bilingual writing class at the Japanese Retirement Home in Los Angeles, organized by Poets & Writers, Inc. and funded through an NEA grant. Naomi served as chapter president of the Southern California chapter of the Mystery Writers of America in 2010.