Back Bay Investigation

6 books in series
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The Mystery of Moutai Publisher's Summary

A teenager returns home from school to find a gruesome scene: the apartment he shares with his mother in Boston's Chinatown has been ransacked, and she is dead. There is a bottle of Moutai, the most exotic and expensive Chinese liquor, left at the scene and traces of rat poison in one of the two shot glasses on the kitchen counter. This was evidently a homicide, but who could possibly be the killer?

Ann Lee and Fang Chen, close friends of the victim, team up with the Boston police to solve this mystifying crime: why would anyone want to murder a harmless middle-aged woman, one who worked as an unassuming mail-room clerk, with no money, no connections, and presumably, no enemies?

Realizing that important clues behind the motive may be buried deep in the victim's past, they travel to Beijing, where the victim spent more than 50 years of her life. While there, surrounded by the antiquities of China's rich and complex history, they stumble unwittingly into a cobweb of mystery and danger. Fearing for their lives but determined to press on, they end up unearthing a scandal more deceptive and far-reaching than either could have imagined.

©2014 G.X. Chen (P)2016 G.X. Chen
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  • Book 1

    • The Mystery of Moutai

    • Back Bay Investigation, Book 1
    • By: G.X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Daniel Burns
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A teenager returns home from school to find a gruesome scene: the apartment he shares with his mother in Boston's Chinatown has been ransacked, and she is dead. There is a bottle of Moutai, the most exotic and expensive Chinese liquor, left at the scene and traces of rat poison in one of the two shot glasses on the kitchen counter. This was evidently a homicide, but who could possibly be the killer?

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  • Book 2

    • The Fatal Sin of Love

    • Back Bay Investigation, Volume 2
    • By: G.X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Daniel Burns
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
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    In Beacon Hill, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Boston, a wealthy widow dies in her sleep, while in Cambridge, where academia meets high tech, a dog is slaughtered. One death has seemingly no bearing on the other until the death in a remote Chinese village is announced.

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  • Book 3

    • Death Comes to Lake Como

    • Back Bay Investigation, Book 3
    • By: G.X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Daniel Burns
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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    The third in the series of The Back Bay Investigation, Death Comes to Lake Como takes place a few years after the events of Mystery of Moutai and The Fatal Sin of Love. It opens with Fang Chen and his new bride corresponding with their friend, Ann Lee, while on vacation in Italy. Things quickly turn sinister when a nurse for a wealthy American tourist and a retired cook are murdered.

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  • Book 4

    • An Intangible Affair

    • Back Bay Investigation, Book 4
    • By: G.X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Molly King
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The first time Jamie meets Jim, she is a graduate student, and he is a dashing young man embarking on a successful career in pharmaceutical research. They cultivate a mutual affection for each other while pursuing different goals in life. When Jamie meets Jim again years later, she has broken up with her long-time boyfriend, and he is having marital problems. A one-night stand in a remote hotel turns their friendship into a two-decade long love affair. When their liaison becomes too difficult to sustain, it brings a crisis to its head.

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    • A mystery lover's book

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    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • The In-Laws

    • Back Bay Investigation, Book 5
    • By: G. X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Hilarie Mukavitz
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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    An elderly woman dies at the bottom of a stairway, and Betty is accused as her killer. Convinced that his sister isn't capable of such a crime, psychiatrist Seth enlists his friend Ann Lee, an amateur detective, and her partner to help clear her name. Never in their decade-long career have Ann and Fang Chen had to defend a client who already has airtight evidence and an eyewitness against her. As they try to separate the assumptions from the truth, every lead appears to be a dead end, and Betty Foreman seems to be guilty as accused.

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