Shanghai Story: A WWII Drama Trilogy Book One by [Kang, Alexa]Shanghai Story: A WWII Drama Trilogy Book One by Alexa Kang

Set in Shanghai of 1936 this is as much an informative and well-researched historical novel as it is an intriguing murder mystery. We follow two characters mainly, Clark, who has just returned from studying in the US, and Eden who is a Jewish refugee from Berlin and stateless by law. Her father, a Doctor, successfully treated Clark’s father. Despite a mutual attraction between Clark and Eden, circumstances are complicated and stand in their way.
Eden starts works for a newspaper and when a friend is brutally murdered she takes on the police force to find out the truth, with help from Clark and his connections.
The novel took a while to get going for me with the setting up of the characters and their background .I enjoyed the urgency of the second half, once the murder mystery fully takes over and the other elements come together, too. I’ve learned a lot of details along the way and look forward to the next parts in the series.

About Alexa KangAlexa Kang

Alexa is the author of the WWII novel series “Rose of Anzio” and “Shanghai Story”. Her other works include the WWII/1980s time-travel love story “Eternal Flame” (a tribute to John Hughes), as well as short stories in the fiction anthologies “Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of December 1942”, “Christmas in Love”, and the upcoming WWII new release “The Darkest Hour”.

Alexa grew up in New York City and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has traveled to more than 150 cities, and she loves to explore new places and different cultures. When not at work, she lives a second life as a novelist writing larger-than-life love stories, 20th historical fiction, and coming-of-age stories. Her own favorite romantic tales are “Romeo and Juliet”, “Gone with the Wind”, “Anna Karenina”, “Titanic”, “Love in the Fallen City” (by Eileen Chang), “Say Anything,” and “The Lake House”. She also enjoys period historical fiction TV shows including “Downton Abbey” and “The Crown”.