A Day in the Life with Winston Wong by J.J. Chow

Seniors SleuthWinston heard the phone ring close to midnight. He’d been getting ready for bed but picked it up. It could only be one person at that hour, Marcy. Ready to chew him out.

“Hey, big sis,” he said.

“I can’t believe you emailed me the news.”

He’d done it on purpose, so he wouldn’t have to hear the shouting right away. He’d kept his Skype tuned off all day too, to avoid any video conferences. “I didn’t want to bother you. Time zone differences and all. Besides, you’ve always got some herbology conference to attend or a specialized lecture to give.”

She humphed at him. “Quitting your job is big news.”

“It’s been on and off work for ages.” When was the last time he’d tested a video game? Felt the crick in his neck as he stared at the screen and clicked on the mouse? He did some shoulder rolls now to ease the phantom tension.

“So which tech company are you interviewing at?”

He hesitated. It wasn’t the Wong way to be unemployed for long, and he had a plan, but would she like it? Would Marcy get tired of helping him with the mortgage once she knew his new line of work?

“I’m changing professions.”

A long silence. “To what?”

“Detective work.”

“Following in the footsteps of your idol, Encyclopedia Brown? Good luck with that,” she said and hung up.

She could scoff if she wanted, but Winston knew he had prime marketing in place. Well, he’d taken an ad out in the Pennysaver, advertising himself as a “senior” sleuth. With a winning title like that, what could possibly go wrong?


You can read more about Winston in Seniors Sleuth, the first book in the NEW “Winston Wong” mystery series.

About Seniors Sleuth

Winston Wong used to test video games but has left his downward spiraling career to follow in the footsteps of Encyclopedia Brown, his favorite childhood detective. When the Pennysaver misprints his new job title, adding an extra “s” to his listing, Winston becomes a “Seniors Sleuth.” He gets an easy first case, confirming the natural death of a ninety-year-old man. However, under the surface of the bingo-loving senior home is a seedier world where a genuine homicide actually occurred. Winston finds himself surrounded by suspects on all sides: a slacker administrator, a kind-hearted nurse, and a motley crew of eccentric residents. To validate his new career choice (and maybe win the girl), he must unravel the truth from a tangle of lies.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on June 26 for the chance to win a print copy of Seniors Sleuth. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

Meet the author
JChowJ.J. Chow writes Asian-American fiction with a geriatric twist. She has a gerontology specialization from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Work with geriatric field experience. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Seniors Sleuth was Runner-Up in the 2015 Beach Book Festival. You can follow Jennifer’s blog and find more about her other writing at jenniferjchow.com.

60 responses to “A Day in the Life with Winston Wong by J.J. Chow

  1. I have this on my Kindle – so excited to read Seniors Sleuth!

  2. Sounds interesting.

  3. Wanda downs

    Oh i would love to read this

  4. Patricia Pinkston

    Looks like a fun read. Looking forward to reading.

  5. Doward Wilson

    This sounds very interesting since I am a senior and an avid mystery reader!

  6. I think you have a great idea here! I’m looking forward to reading it!

  7. Looks like a fun new series.

  8. Judy Weaver

    Love stories with “seniors”. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Thanks for chance to win Seniors Sleuth. Looks interesting from a senior perspective.

  10. Nancy Roessner

    This will no doubt be a delightful read!

  11. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  12. I love it when cozies involve seniors. Sounds like fun!

  13. Betty Gracie

    Would love to read this book. Hope I am picked to win.

  14. Sounds like a good mystery book! I am looking forward to checking it out. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  15. I like the theme of the series, thanks for the chance 🙂

  16. Love Winston Wong! Owning this book would be so cool.

  17. I love senior sleuths in books and would love to win your book.
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  18. Peggy Hyndman

    Sounds like a book I’ll enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. 🙂

  19. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  20. Barbara daley

    This sounds intriguing! And as a senior I have a special interest in books that don’t have us in a rocking chair when we’re 65 but show that we’re still up for challenges. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Great premise, great cover, and very interesting “change of profession.”

  22. This sounds like a great book! Thank you for the post and the contest!

  23. This sounds delightful! What a wonderful premise. Gotta put this on my TBR!

  24. A new cozy series!!!! Yays!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  25. this sounds like a fun read. changing jobs and getting everyone on board is a hard job. Thanks for the chance to try this new series.

  26. Barbara Hackel

    Well, this is an appealing book! Thanks Dru and JJ for the opportunity to win a copy, 🙂 I don’t want to miss this one!

  27. I’m a senior , too, so I’d love to win this book.
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  28. Sounds like a great book! I would not think to look in the Pennysaver for a senior sleuth! Thanks for the chance!

  29. I’m excited to be be featured here today! Hope you enjoy Winston and all his fun adventures!

  30. Rachel Despins

    The book sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance!!

  31. This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!!

  32. An intriguing novel. thanks.

  33. As a senior citizen myself, I’m quite taken with this premise. I’ll be waiting for the next one with bated breath.

  34. Wonderful story line.. Never count out a senior they get far too little credit or stories written about them. Kudos to you. Would love to win and read this book. Thankyou vernagass@gmail.com

  35. All because of a typo. Clever idea.

  36. MaryAnn Forbes

    Would definitely enjoy reading Seniors Sleuth! Thanks for the opportunity.📖📚

  37. elainehroberson

    Love books with senior sleuths. Thanks for a chance to win.

  38. Jeanie Dannheim

    Sounds like a really cool idea for a mystery series! Would love to read this; as a Caregiver for a senior, I know they are an untapped treasure in so many ways – especially if they can’t get out to see others. Thank you for the chance to win!

  39. Sounds like something this little old lady with white hair and a neck brace would like to try!

  40. Grace Topping

    Good for you writing about seniors! Yes, there is a big market for books about seniors. I look forward to reading “Seniors Sleuth.”

  41. Carol Summers-Kolber

    Since I am a senior and love reading mysteries, I just must read this book.

  42. Would love to give this one a try. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  43. Brian Frauenknecht

    This sounds like an amazing series. I would love to win this. It sounds great. I will have to find it on amazon.

  44. Being a senior now for some time, I could use a laugh or two. This sounds like the remedy for those instances where the golden years don’t seem to shine so bright. All the best with the book, J.J. and maybe I’ll meet you at SinC one day.

  45. This is a double delight for me, senior and a Chinese sleuth! Thank you for this giveaway!

  46. Karen Terry

    Sounds like a great read.

  47. sounds like an interesting series. would love to read. thanks for the opportunity

  48. Debby Kimmel

    This sounds like a good book and hope to read it/the series 😉 Thanks for the chance to win!!

  49. I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Sounds like a delightful read!

  51. Kaye Killgore

    This sounds like a really good book

  52. I’ve read this. It’s a really fun book!

  53. Barbara Tobey

    Got my attention.

  54. I enjoy stories with seniors.

  55. Sounds like a good book to add to my growing list of must-reads.

  56. That is a great teaser – I will have to look for this series in the bookstore. Best wishes for series success to the author!

  57. Oohhh-sounds like a great read. And shout out to a Cornell grad-I love somewhat nearby!

  58. Jill Broussard

    This sounds like lots of fun. I would love to read it. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  59. Michelle Fidler

    Sounds like a good book. I just went over to Amazon to look at the excerpt and I think I’d like the book.

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