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The Shanghai Moon (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #9)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  963 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
With The Shanghai Moon, S. J. Rozan returns to her award-winning, critically acclaimed, and much-loved characters Lydia Chin and Bill Smith in the first new novel in the series in seven years.

Estranged for months from fellow P.I. Bill Smith, Chinese-American private investigator Lydia Chin is brought in by colleague and former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that
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May 28, 2009 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a PI novel, it's an historical novel. It's New York now and Shanghai then. It's Bill and Lydia, and that's all you need to know. Read it.
Mar 07, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: read-2009
The Shanghai Moon .... told from Lydia's POV.
I think I would enjoy reading about Bill and Lydia investigating just about anything. It was a fine treat then to have the mystery they worked to unravel, as usual, to be first rate. The story takes us into the past, to Shanghai and to the Nazi and Chinese persecutions of many different people; and into family relationships, full of love and betrayal and hurt; and into a topical modern police / private investigation with interesting cultural insights
Katherine Clark
I actually finished this book before On the Line and forgot to save it. This is a 3 1/2. It is a powerful book, and I really enjoyed the history lesson. According to Rozan, over 22,000 refugees (many of them jews) went to Shanghai when so many other countries closed their doors. This was fascinating. I enjoyed the visit with the past and different cultures. However, my trouble with this book was that there were too many things happening, too many intricacies. I began to feel overwhelmed. I liked ...more
Jun 18, 2009 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for much more than the mystery plot. I totally enjoyed the atmospherics of wartime Shanghai and the descriptions of the lives of those who were there at the time. Like Lydia, I kept wanting more of Rosalie's letters. By the end, the fate of The Shanghai Moon itself was almost irrelevant to me as I was just completely involved in the lives of the many characters.
Feb 27, 2017 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Oh, man . . . things got away from me and I haven't been able to reconnect with Lydia or Bill for too long now (14 months between books I think) -- I missed them. Thankfully, it took no time at all to get back in the groove.

Speaking of breaks, following the shattering events of Winter and Night, Bill Smith pretty much took a break from everything -- including Lydia. She understood that but didn't like it one bit. So when he does come back i
Rowena Hoseason
Aug 29, 2015 Rowena Hoseason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cracking modern detective story, based in modern day Chinatown in NY, with a sparky Chinese-American heroine private investigator at its core.

What's really clever about Trail of Blood is that you effectively get two stories woven into one novel, because the trail leads back to WW2 and Shanghai. So as well as a fascinating insight into the current cultural background of the heroine, SJ Rozan has also brilliantly described the turmoil of China in the 1940s, when the Japanese invaded, Sha
Jun 28, 2016 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
You will find yourself swept away to war torn China by way of New York's own Chinatown and a beautiful mystery spanning generations. The setting is one I've never read about - Shanghai and the Japanese internment camps in China. The plot totally drew you in. I found it interesting to learn about the 20K European Jews who emigrated to Shanghai before or during WWII. The reading of the found "letters" brought the times and people to life. It has enough twist, turns, and surprises to keep you hangi ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to save these last few books from this series, as it's one I really enjoy...but now I've finished this one (which I enjoyed very much!) I'm down to the last two left. (At least, one assumes so...the last one was published in 2011.) Loved the historical aspect of this one, going back to Shanghai before and during WWII; not only did I enjoy the story behind a mysterious brooch dubbed The Shanghai Moon, I learned plenty about Shanghai's history during that time. Throw in the wond ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shanghai
People's need "to believe something glorious could exist outside the despair and horrors of wartime Shanghai" threads its way through this fascinating and distressing story, a story of refugees, of families and of grasping at hope in wartime. Rosalie's letters were the most page-turning part for me, as I got a little confused among the characters as the mystery and the search and the detecting swirled in eddies of a deep past. But the whole is memorable and I shelve it in good company, with Isig ...more
Christopher Williams
This was, I think, the second of this series I have read. Thought it was excellent with a story in the present and a more complex one from the past gradually being revealed as the novel went on.
The historical information was interesting. I had no idea that thousands of Jewish refugees ended up in Shanghai before the war nor that the political situation in China was so complex at the time.

The technique of revealing much by letters written by the young refugee Rosalie to her mother, who she never
Mar 20, 2017 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite not being into detective stories, I loved this - loved the heroine, the story, the potential romance, the grandma... all well done.
Mar 16, 2017 Joduhl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is the perfect way to spend a snowy day. I really enjoyed it - it combined many of my interests in a fun and compelling mystery: Set in New York City, funny and sharp detectives, very interesting Jewish history - in Shanghai, which I knew nothing about. The male/female detective team are smart and interesting. I've already ordered 2 more books in this series - both written before this one - which will give me more of their back story and, I'm sure, more compelling mysteries set ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Jul 27, 2009 le-trombone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This is an unexpected book. S. J. Rozan's Lydia Chin and Bill Smith novels were something I always looked forward to, but after Winter and Night I didn't expect to see them again. This is partly due to Winter and Night's ending (which had enough tragedy to suggest the end of their association), but also because Rozan is an architect, a New Yorker, and had finished Winter and Night before 9/11.

She wrote two books since then, but surprised me by returning to their story with this novel. The novels
Apr 30, 2012 Kia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE SHANGHAI MOON (PI-Lydia Chin/Bill Smith-NYC-Cont) – VG+
Rozan, S.J. – 9th in series
Minotaur Books, 2009, US Hardcover, ISBN: 9780312245566

First Sentence: “I’m back.”

PI Lydia Chin is back from a case that took her to China, but she is estranged from her friend and partner, Bill Smith. Her former mentor, Joel Pilarsky, contacts her to work on a case with him as he needs a connection to the Chinese community.
During WWII, China accepted refugees fleeing Europe. Rosalie Gilder and her brother wer
Kay Churgel
Feb 23, 2017 Kay Churgel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3.5 really
Nov 26, 2010 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
"My best and oldest friend." Yea whatever! That Mary cop turd was a total brat the whole story long and I don't get why Lydia kept her as a friend at all. I get that she was always mad that Lydia put herself in danger, but really, she took her nasty sarcasm so far that one might start seriously questioning the purpose of a continued relationship with the woman.

Character frustrations aside, the mystery was a good one for the most part. Oh, one more thing I noticed that bugged me was when Lydia w
Jacqueline Tao
This series follows the private investigators duo of Lydia Chin, a Chinese-American living in Chinatown New York and her partner Bill Smith. At the time of this novel, the partners are estranged, and have been for a couple of months, and so Lydia Chin accepts a case with her old friend, Joel. A wacky, 60-ish, Jewish P.I. The two accepts a case from a mysterious European woman who tries to help refugees displaced by the Germans recover their personal belongings. In this case, jewlery belonging to ...more
What great fun this was! My favorite kind of mystery: ordinary people doing things both extraordinarily good and evil, and the reader is brought along as the protagonist tries to find out who did what, and why.

Lydia Chin, on the outs with Bill Smith, is brought into a case by her colleague and former mentor, Joel Pilarksy. Joel was hired by a Holocaust assets recovery specialist lawyer to investigate any leads on jewelry stolen from an excavation in China by a Chinese official, who fled to New
Kathleen Hagen
The Shanghai Moon, by S. J. rozan, B-plus, narrated by Samantha Quan, produced by BBC Audio America, downloaded from

This is a Lydia Chin and Bill Smith mystery. This is the latest one, and apparently I’m missing some back story about Bill and Lydia falling out because of a previous case. Lydia is called in on a case by her former mentor, Joel Polarsky, a private investigator. Joel has been approached to find jewels which have been stolen, and which are, in fact, stolen assets from t
P.I. Lydia Chin is asked by her mentor, Joel Pilarsky, to help locate missing jewelry dating back to WWII. A cache of jewelry had been found in Shanghai. It was identified as belonging to European Jews attempting to escape Hitler's influence. Shortly after being found, a Chinese official is suspected of stealing the jewelry. Lydia is hired because there is suspicion that the jewelry might be found in Chinatown.

Not long after being hired to look into the missing jewelry, Joel Pilarsky is murdered
Debbie J
The Shanghai Moon was a twisty turny tale of a mythical piece of Holocaust jewelry and the crimes several people committed while trying to lay claim to it. Manhattan private investigator Lydia Chin applied her personal cultural knowledge of and prior experiences in Chinatown as she sought the truth about the purloined necklace. Chin begrudgingly enlisted the aid of her estranged partner Bill, who had less concern about solving the case than in healing the unexplained rift between himself and his ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Patti by: Robin Agnew, by giving me the ARC :)
What a terrific book, with wonderful storytelling. S. J. Rozan has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book was well worth waiting for. It's been about six years or so since the last entry in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series.

What made this so wonderful to me was that Rozan tells two stories. The reader gets the PI novel with Lydia & Bill, but also an interesting historical story told in letters about Jewish emigrants to Shanghai just before WWII. Rosalie and her brother Paul are y
Paul Pessolano
"The Shanghai Moon" is a necklace that is purported to be of some value. Lydia Chin, a Chinese investigator, is asked to look into its disappearance and possible recovery.

Lydia is estranged from her partner, Bill Smith, since their last investigation. Bill has taken time off to sort through problems that were caused by that invesitgation.

Lydia finds herself deeply involved in finding "The Shanghai Moon" , but more deeply involved in the life of Rosalie Gilder. Rosalie was Jewish, German, and esc
Actually I am not sure about the 3 stars - maybe 2.5 stars?
I did think that it had some really nice touches and the stories about holocaust survivors chimed with the other book I have just finished: the Morning Gift - I really must get up to date with all my reviews...
I was interested in the Chinese cultural aspects - again serendipity at work with my recent visit to China. I think there is something of a US stereotype Jewish person as I don't meet them and never have, but then I don't know many
Richard Thompson
May 04, 2012 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Shanghai Moon is a necklace created for a Jewish refugee woman and her Chinese husband during World War II in Shanghai. It disappeared at some point during the war, but finding has become an obsession with collectors and some of the heirs of the original owners.

The cast of characters (Rosalie — the young refugee woman — and her brother Paul, Rosalie's Chinese husband, his sister and her husband General Zhang, the general's son by and ealier marriage their own son, a Nazi major stationed in S
Rob Kitchin
Trail of Blood has a strong historical component, with the present day story very much connected to family and wider political and social events in the past. It trundles along at a fairly quick pace, has good backstory, appealing characters, and interesting plot. That said, the story had a number of elements that I found detracted from my enjoyment. Sometimes the storytelling is a little too explicit, with some clear plot devices used to introduce certain pieces of information or push the story ...more
Tom Arthur
Aug 22, 2010 Tom Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most enjoyable read!!!!! It was wonderful visiting again with Lydia Chin and Bill Smith in this book. Lydia begins to investigate, along with a fellow sleuth who brought her in on the the case, a Jewish brother and sister duo who are fleeing Europe from Nazi persecution with Shanghai as their destination. Background information on the case comes from archived letters written by the sister to her mother as the duo travel to and arrive in China. The client is an attorney who specializes in the r ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book after a long hiatus for Lydia Chin, and it was wonderful to be back in her world. In this book she is hired by another P.I. - she and Bill are slightly on the outs - to help with a holocaust recovery case. Some jewels have been recently unearthed in Shanghai and the more Lydia looks into it, the more wrapped up she becomes. Told partially through letters and diaries, the back story is one of an 18 year old girl and he brother fleeing the holocaust and ending up in Shangh ...more
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SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of the Bill Smith and Lydia Chin detective series as well as several stand-alone novels. She has won the the Edgar, Nero, Macavity, Shamus and Anthony awards for Best Novel and the Edgar award for Best Short Story. She is a former Mystery Writers of America National Board member, a current Sisters in Crime National Board member, and President of the Pri ...more
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