Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart... even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
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Absolutely awesome! Amazing world building, complex characters, and an absorbing mystery. There were so many descriptions of Chinese cuisine that I got hungry reading. Highly recommended to fans of Megan Derr, Jordan L Hawk, and KJ Charles. -- lyradora
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. I must be the slowest snail on the block, I really must!! There I was, reading this, and the thought hits me "I've read this before. Where have I read this before. Who stole Rhys Ford's work. How did they get it before it was released" All those thoughts hit me, and I got as far as writing at email to Ms Ford, telling her all this stoopid stuff going through my head. THEN!! Then I read that little bit at the top of the blurb bit, saying its an expanded full length version of a short that appeared in the Charmed and Dangerous Anthology (published August 2015) But I didn't write a review for it, and I must have read at least this one. So, apologies Ms Ford, for being such a duh! So, the book. An extremely well written book, with all the delights that Ford throws at us from San Francisco and China Town and the Arcane Crimes Division. Full of those little things she chucks in, you know the ones?? The ones that make you think "say what now??" and "did he just say that?" and "what did he just say?? no, that can't be so!" The ones that make ME slow down, and have to go back because, I'm sure he didn't just do what he did after that! Those sorts of things, this book is full of and I did love that. BUT For me, and this pains me deeply to say, this book didn't quite do it. I've no bloody idea why, either. It's told only from Roku's point of view, in the first. And I didn't mind that here. Yes of course I wanted to hear from Trent, but once I'd resigned myself to the fact he doesn't have a say, I was okay with it. I should also mention this. While READING, I could hear (or at least a semblance of) Greg Tremblay. I could hear him reading this to me, and it makes me really really wish I had waited for (any possible) audio version of this book, because, while I'm not a fan of READING single point of view, when it comes to LISTENING, I do enjoy single point of view more. And I'm beginning to waffle. So I'll stop now, because waffling does not make for a good review. 4 solid stars, (and I'm sorry I didn't love it!) **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
~~3.5 stars- Merging genres~~ Dim Sum Asylum is an expanded full length version of a short story Miss Ford published previously within an anthology. I didn’t read that version, so I cannot comment on the differences or similarities, but this is definitely a unique plot. The action starts immediately, dropping the reader into a police chase through a fantasy world complete with multiple mythical species. Initially, there is minimal world building, with names of creatures and descriptions that had me floundering and googling in an attempt to keep up. I think this is the main reason why it took me some time to get invested in the characters, plot, and the world itself. What it lacks in clearly setting up a world and the creatures that live within it, it more than makes up for in imagery. Thanks to Miss Ford’s fantastic ability to describe the sights, sounds, and smells so vividly that it feels as though the reader experiences them alongside the characters (I just didn’t quite understand the fantastical creatures within those scenes), I was easily transported to the environment. I liked the plot quite a lot. While fantasies aren’t my typical genre of choice, I do enjoy law enforcement and romantic suspense driven plots. Dim Sum Asylum blends these two genres very well. At times the tempo lulled, but for the most part, it maintains a brisk pace with plenty of excitement and twists. The final showdown is very energized, offering up magic, fight scenes, suspense, and revelations. The internal monologue drags a bit of the action packed scene down, but the descriptions brings the battle to life and had me reading as fast as possible to get to the resolution, which I found very satisfying. I found both characters and their backstories intriguing and thought Roku and Trent matched up well, both professionally and personally. The romance between partners is a little drawn out, but that fits with the characters’ personalities and the nature of the plot. I really enjoyed how Miss Ford blends the fantasy world into the bedroom and also liked how she consistently built the chemistry and emotional connection between them throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed Dim Sum Asylum. From the law enforcement perspective, the pacing and action scenes are good though sometimes hampered by Roku’s rambling thoughts. However, the creatures and imagery Miss Ford uses makes this an exciting and unique story. Factor in some interesting main characters with a simmering chemistry, and I think many readers will find this book worth picking up. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
If you enjoy Rhys Ford's books, this will be no exception. It took me a little longer to settle into the story than it usually does (but that's on me since I know *nothing* about the food that is a huge parts of Roku's world), but supernatural cop stories are so completely my thing and this one is so well written I didn't care. Besides, that fish out of water thing really endeared Trent to me while he and Roku were getting to know each other. We're gifted with a clever mystery, the usual well-drawn cast of secondary characters and a world I wanted to spend more time in. And Bob the Cat. Mustn't forget Bob the Cat.