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Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.

Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.

Jennifer J. Chow recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest mystery, MIMI LEE READS BETWEEN THE LINES:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

This book is centered on the sibling relationship between Alice and Mimi. This novel highlights the love between sisters, and I hope that readers will appreciate their family more after reading it.

Jennifer J. Chow

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

More than ever, I feel like the cozy mystery genre provides hope and a sense of justice to the world. I also hope the humor comes through and provides people joy and laughter!

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

I have double the cats in this new book, so I did a lot of fun research on the differences between kittens and adult cats in this novel. There is definitely a wealth of information online through blogs, articles, and videos. Also, those social media accounts featuring pets are such huge (but adorable) time sinks!


Jennifer J. Chow is the author of the hiss-terical A Sassy Cat Mystery series, along with other Asian-American novels. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hunts for all things matcha.

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