An Intangible Affair
An Intangible Affair is a novel in the Mystery/Crime genre by G.X. Chen. It is the fourth installment of the Back Bay Investigation series by the same author and delivers a top-notch mystery yet again.
The novel opens with Jamie, a successful businesswoman, who receives a letter from her lover, Jim. Jim has written his suicide note in this letter, and Jamie is devastated. Jim is a long-time best friend of Fang Chen, who is very intrigued upon receiving Jim’s suicide note. Jim’s wife, Dory, is found dead at their house, with her circumstances of death being bitten by a black widow snake. Jim has a strong alibi, so the circumstances around Jim’s death appear very questionable to him. Fang Chen is visited at his home by his younger friend, Ann Lee, and the duo sit down and get their minds ticking as to what drove Jim to commit suicide.
Fang Chen then narrates the story of Jim and Jamie’s love affair, which started when Jamie was a student and Jim was a post-grad student. Circumstances lead to Jim marrying Dory and starting his family, and Jamie is left with unsatisfactory relationships. Jamie then ends up being Jim’s secret lover and is waiting for him to leave his wife and family until his death. The whole narrative is analyzed by Ann Lee, and she and Fang Chen decide to visit Jim’s house, as Fang Chen has to give his condolences to the family. Ann Lee then asks to meet Jamie, and by then, has already solved the murder mystery.
The author has done a remarkable job keeping the attention of the reader and has devised an excellent plot. She gradually leads the reader to the ending, as Ann eventually solves the mystery and realizes who the culprit is. Whether they are punished by the authorities and thrown into jail, you’ll have to read and find it out. I, personally, feel that Ann’s last words are a take-home message for anyone who reads the book, irrespective of their interest in this genre’. Fantastic work by the author, and I cannot wait to read other books by her.
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