Read City Of Shadows by M.J. Lee Online


A family has been found murdered in the heart of 1920s Shanghai. But what could have compelled them to open the door to their killer?Inspector Danilov has always taken a unique approach to solving his cases. So, when he’s asked to investigate the violent death of a fellow police officer, killed in action, he doesn’t think twice about turning his attention to a different caA family has been found murdered in the heart of 1920s Shanghai. But what could have compelled them to open the door to their killer?Inspector Danilov has always taken a unique approach to solving his cases. So, when he’s asked to investigate the violent death of a fellow police officer, killed in action, he doesn’t think twice about turning his attention to a different case altogether: the brutal murder of the Lee family, found massacred in their own home.How could the deaths of an ordinary family account for a shooting halfway across the city? And what clues lie with the letter found clasped in the dead girl’s hand? Inspector Danilov’s instincts tell him he’s close. But when the investigation reveals deep corruption at Shanghai’s core, Danilov faces a choice: probe further, and expose the evil underbelly of the city? Or shy from duty…and keep the few people he loves safe?Don’t miss the second book in MJ Lee’s brilliant Inspector Danilov series....

Title : City Of Shadows
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 28484063
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 338 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

City Of Shadows Reviews

  • AdiTurbo
    2019-02-24 08:31

    The second book in the series does not disappoint - it is excellent. The focus here is less on the relationship between detectives Strachan and Danilov, and more on the relationship between Danilov and his newly-found daughter, who has been through hell while he was away for four years. Danilov is as sharp and long-suffering as in the first book, and Strachan is simply a brilliant character. There is a suspenseful plot, wonderful historical background of early 20th century, very cosmopolitan Shanghai, subtle humor and even some action scenes. And it's all in just the correct dosages. When is the next book coming out? I need more of this, please!

  • Robert M. Roth MD
    2019-03-07 14:18

    Very goodThe mystery kept me guessing almost to the end with a number of twists and turns. Good character development and I enjoyed the historical aspect.

  • Clair
    2019-03-04 06:22

    This is the second Inspector Danilov thriller but the first that I have read. Those that have read the first instalment will benefit whilst reading City of Shadows however I could still follow what was happening and got the gist of what possibly happened/was explained in the first book.City of Shadows is set in the 1920’s and is a good old fashioned police investigation into the horrendous murders of 4 members of the Lee family in their home and the subsequent murders of the the main suspect and another member of the police force.The novel opens with the murder of the Lee family from the perspective of the daughter, this was particularly heartbreaking as she is unable to walk following as the lasting effects of polio and is therefore at the complete mercy of her killer.Danilov is not your usual detective, he certainly doesn’t conform to the expectations of others and wants to find out the truth regardless of who he falls out with along the way. I feel that Danilov and DS Strachan are a good pairing, Danilov is quite dry and sarcastic and Strachan just lets this pass him by – they are two very different characters who compliment one another fabulously.Interwoven with the investigations is the difficult relationship between Danilov and his daughter Elina. It is clear from the outset that they have a frosty relationship and are both dealing with the absence of Danilov’s wife and son differently and on their own. Occasionally through the story we hear from Elina and the internal battle she is having which is affecting her relationship with her father.It made a refreshing change reading a detective novel that relied on the pure investigative skills and gut feeling of the police force rather than focusing on the advancements of modern technology – so much so that police had to run to their closest call box to raise support from colleagues. I also enjoyed the setting of the book in Shanghai, I got a little confused with the jurisdictions however I still understood the frustrations that the police have in investigating crimes if the suspects flee into other areas whereby they have no authority.City of Shadows was a brilliant read and Lee’s skills are bringing all the strands together was fabulous and everything just started to fall into place and made sense. The ending of this book is just fabulous!I kindly received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you to the author, Carina and Neverland Blog Tours.

  • Lorna Holland
    2019-03-24 10:34

    Full review now up as part of the blog tour: love reading a good murder mystery or a crime thriller - both of which this book is, but the thing I found to be most unusual about City of Shadows was actually its setting. Personally, I haven't read a lot of books, much less crime books, that are set anywhere outside of the UK, US or Scandinavia. So with that in mind, it was a very refreshing change to read this. City of Shadows is set in Shanghai - and 1920s Shanghai no less - which adds another intriguing level of history to the novel, which I loved reading about.Perhaps sparked by the setting, location and time period, I found the racial tensions and struggle for equality fascinating. It by no means dominates the story, but it is still an integral part of the book, especially as certain events rely on these human struggles to make sense in the world of the novel. The sheer mix of people from all over the world, different backgrounds, classes, even dialects, all help to shape the version of Shanghai which is portrayed to the reader. We see Shanghai as a bustling, vibrant, yet sometimes dangerous city - a city vividly brought to life by its inhabitants.Inspector Danilov is a good character, if a little repetitive. I found the whole subplot about his family distracting and unnecessary, if I'm honest - perhaps because I haven't read book one, I just didn't feel invested in his personal story beyond his job and the case. However, the cast of supporting characters was just as vibrant as the city they inhabit. From Danilov's sidekick Strachan, to the Lee family, to a wide cast of various criminals, they each helped to weave the threads of the story together. The idea of having multiple narrators (switching between each other without introduction) could have been disastrously confusing, yet it worked well, mirroring hectic Shanghai life even in the actual writing itself.

  • Amy
    2019-03-09 13:22

    I have been wanting to try MJ Lee's writing for awhile. I finally broke down bought City of Shadows since it was cheap. I enjoyed it. The writing style is different from what I'm used to but I found that to be refreshing. I'm looking forward to going back to reading the first book in the series and see how it all began. 5 stars.

  • Denise Ford
    2019-03-07 09:19

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. My review is spoiler free. M.J Lee has done it again this book is brilliant. The detail in his books are amazing. This is the second book in the series. It could be read as a stand alone but I'd recommend reading them in order. As there is a back ground story with Danilov's family. I can't wait for the third book! Five stars- just brilliant.

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-25 09:32

    I didn't like this book because there's a lot of suffering in the story, so I think it's actually a pretty good book. The mystery is set in Shanghai after WWI, and the detective, who's from Russia originally, is working for the British government of Shanghai at the time. So there's a lot of interesting historical perspective involving China, Japan and the colonizing countries. Also some in depth description of the Chinese culture in flux.

  • Sergio GRANDE films
    2019-03-14 11:37

    This book is the literary version of taking the scenic route to go to work. The ride is very enjoyable. More so than the destination. Sneaky ending, Mr. Lee, setting us up for part 3 of the saga.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-05 11:32

    Good read

  • john sparks
    2019-03-25 11:18

    The author kept you wanting to know more. The characters were interesting and the setting was something gave you something to wake up your mind.

  • Kathy J. Bible
    2019-02-26 10:29

    Great suspenseful novelLove the setting and characters in this book. Excellent writer. Does a good job with historical fiction. Will look for more books by this author.

  • nikkia neil
    2019-03-18 12:16

    Thanks Carina UK and netgalley for this ARC.I read the first book Death in Shanghai the night before then I read City of Shadows and I wish there were 10 more books in series. Inspector Danilov is just the type of copper I love to read about, and being in exotic underworld Shanghai makes it spectacular. These are complex, dirty, and malicious crimes that we get a inside view from many different characters. Can't wait for next one!