Kill Her Twice

­Putnam. Apr. 2024. 400p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593532041.
Gr 9 Up–In 1932, in Chinatown in Los Angeles, three sisters try to solve the murder of their friend and movie star Lulu Wong. What started as a typical day selling flowers for May and Gemma Chow led to the discovery of a dead body. Lulu Wong may be a budding actress, but nobody beyond the Chinese community truly cares about finding justice for her death, especially since outsiders are looking to bulldoze Chinatown. With the help of their younger sister Peony, May and Gemma decide they need to be the ones to find Lulu’s killer if the police department won’t, especially when the police arrest a Chinese neighbor the Chow sisters believe innocent. Told in the alternating perspectives of May and Gemma, the book takes readers on a wild ride. Woven into the mystery are elements of grief, romance, family dynamics, struggle, prejudice, and deceit. Lee skillfully introduces actual history into this fictional story, leading readers to learn what the residents of LA's Old Chinatown faced. The story contains intriguing characters, but not everyone is who or what they appear—these twists will delight readers.
VERDICT Whether teens enjoy mysteries, historical fiction, or both, this is one to get into their hands.

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