Readers' five-star reviews of Desert Jade:
~~An enjoyable and suspenseful book! Desert Jade is the first Letty Valdez mystery. It's a fast moving and richly textured book set in Tucson, Arizona. I was pulled in immediately by well crafted characters and fine descriptions of the southwest and local culture.
~~Daemon Waters is by far my favourite book in the Letty Valdez Mysteries series. There's a wonderfully tangled set of mysteries that get solved thread by thread; the characters bloom; the writing is so much more confident.
There are a lot of chuckles in this one... a couple of gasps... and near the end, I was laughing out loud with a tear or two trickling down my face. I truly loved this one.
...An international mystery embroiled with the border between Mexico and Arizona and the Chinese underworld. Letty is nobody's fool and with her at the helm I found myself in anticipation of what happens next. I enjoyed the addition of a lifesaving rescue dog named Millie and a bit of romance thrown in. A wonderful first Letty Valdez mystery.
Desert Jade: A Letty Valdez Mystery #1
by C.J. Shane
Tucson private investigator and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez joins forces with an unlikely ally, Chinese police Detective Inspector Zhou LiangWei who has been sent to Arizona on the advice of Interpol to track the activities of Hong Kong Triad gangsters.
In this fast-paced suspense thriller, the two work together to stop the murderous Triad smugglers, and at the same time, find and rescue three abducted young women.
Mystery + suspense + a touch of romance = a page-turner set in the Sonoran Desert!
Desert Jade: A Letty Valdez Mystery was named a 2018 finalist for
Best Thriller-Suspense, New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards