Category Archives: Mystery Novels

The Female Charlie Chan & Suspect #1 (part 3)

I am currently struggling to edit a fundraising trailer for my new documentary FINDING KUKAN.  As my mind gets muddled with soundbites and competing shots and scenes, it’s helpful to remind myself what drew me into the story to begin … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s china, 1940s china, Asian Women Role Models, Chinese American History, Female Role Models, Inn of the Sixth Happiness, kukan, Lily Wu, Second Sino-Japanese War, The Mamo Murders, Wai Sue Chun | Leave a comment

Kailua Time Warps

In looking backwards by a year — I found the film KUKAN about a year ago — I started thinking about time warps and how your mind can so easily slip from present to past and back again, jumping decades … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s Hawaii, 1930s movies, Charlie Chan, hawaii history, Hawaii Prostitution, The Black Camel | 16 Comments

The Female Charlie Chan & Suspect #1 (Part 2)

EARL DERR BIGGERS’S 1928 TRIP TO HAWAII Just what was Charlie Chan’s creator doing in Hawaii in 1928?  He was meeting Chang Apana for the first time — the Chinese police detective that many (including most Honoluluans of the time) … Continue reading

Posted in 1920's Hawaii, Asian Women Role Models, Books About Hawaii, Charlie Chan, Juanita Sheridan, Lily Wu, The Black Camel, Wai Sue Chun | 1 Comment

The Female Charlie Chan, Ross Hart Resurrected & Suspect #1 (Part 1)

Ship records can provide fascinating information about someone from the past.   Examining passenger lists can also give you interesting information about your subject’s traveling companions — who was single and who was married, if they were traveling with spouses … Continue reading

Posted in 1920's Hawaii, Books About Hawaii, Charlie Chan, Chinatown Hawaii, Hawaii Prostitution, Juanita Sheridan's Husbands, Lily Wu, Mystery Characters, Ross Hart Sr., Rue Morgue Press, The Chinese Parrot, The House Without a Key, The Mamo Murders, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Slow Boat to China – Travel & Immigration Law

After a couple of research trips to Los Angeles and New York, I’m back in Hawaii recovering from jet lag and contemplating the old style of travel that Juanita Sheridan and Li Ling-Ai used – the ocean liner. I’ve never … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s Hawaii, 1930s Matson liners, Chinese American History, Chinese Exclusion Act, Juanita Sheridan, Li Ling-Ai, Mystery Novels, The Chinese Chop, Yellow Peril | 1 Comment

Back to the Search: Dedications, Obituaries & Live Voices

A good mystery author is always hiding clues for readers.  Juanita Sheridan’s book dedications are cryptic clues to various passages in her life.  A couple of these dedications are still mysteries to me, but I have figured out a few:  The … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, Female Role Models, George Houser, Irving Wolfe, Juanita Sheridan, Juanita Sheridan's Associates, Juanita Sheridan's Husbands, Rue Morgue Press, The Chinese Chop, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Angie Tudor, Animation & Anna May Wong

What do all three have in common? No, not the letters AN.  It’s  JUANITA SHERIDAN! Angie Tudor is the Chinese female lead in Sheridan’s first novel WHAT DARK SECRET co-written in Hawaii with the Michigan transplant dentist Dorothy Dudley.  In … Continue reading

Posted in Angie Tudor, Anna May Wong, Female Role Models, Hawaiian Eye, Janice Cameron, Juanita Sheridan, Lily Wu, Rue Morgue Press, The Chinese Chop, The Thin Man, Walt Disney Studios, What Dark Secret | 1 Comment