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Kill Her Twice

April 23

Illustrated cover for Kill Her Twice. A photograph of a Chinese teenage girl has been torn so that her face is split from her left eye down to the middle of her chin. She is dressed up and photographed in 1930s film star style, with a curled bob, dark red lipstick, beauty marks on her left cheek, a large diamond earring, a white pearl necklace, a white fur draped over her right shoulder, and a glittery blue strap over her left shoulder. Red flower petals and a full bloom are scattered across the photograph and the blue-green marble surface it's laying on.Kill Her Twice by Stacey Lee
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Los Angeles, 1932: Lulu Wong, star of the silver screen and the pride of Chinatown, has a face known to practically anyone, especially to the Chow sisters—May, Gemma, and Peony—Lulu’s former classmates and neighbors. So the girls instantly know it’s Lulu whose body they discover one morning in an out-of-the-way stable, far from the Beverly Hills mansion where she moved once her fame skyrocketed.

The sisters suspect Lulu’s death is the result of foul play, but the LAPD—known for being corrupt to the core—doesn’t seem motivated to investigate. Even worse, there are signs that point to the possibility of a police cover-up, and powerful forces in the city want to frame the killing as evidence that Chinatown is a den of iniquity and crime, even more reason it should be demolished to make room for the construction of a new railway depot, Union Station.

Worried that neither the police nor the papers will treat a Chinese girl fairly—no matter how famous and wealthy—the sisters set out to solve their friend’s murder themselves, and maybe save their neighborhood in the bargain. But with Lulu’s killer still on the loose, the girls’ investigation just might put them square in the crosshairs of a coldblooded murderer.

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