“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It showcases books we can’t wait to read.
This is my first “Waiting On” Wednesday, because, well, I’ve finally got my act together. The book I’m “waiting on” is Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry.
I first read about this book in Library Journal, where reviewer Portia Kapraun writes, “this is a fun ride for readers who want a thrill (without graphic violence) and a cute love story.” Sounds good to me! And while it’s not my usual genre, it sounds like a great summer read. Also, also, I love the cover.
About the book:
Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant.
Even though he’s a gwai lo—a foreign devil—his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress. But when Chinese gangsters show up demanding diamonds they believe Tucker’s kind-of, sort-of, don’t-call-her-a-girlfriend stole, he and his friends—which luckily include a couple of FBI agents—have to figure out just who is gunning for Corinne and how to stop them. Good thing Tucker is a Mandarin-speaking martial arts master who isn’t afraid to throw the first punch.
With its one-of-a-kind hero, Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, Chinese culture, bad jokes, and young love. Diamonds are forever . . . unless Chinese mobsters decide they want them back.
Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is out July 8th, 2014.