Reviews

Historical fiction at its best.
–Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered, NPR (full review)
 
Mones’ engrossing historical novel illuminates the danger, depravity, and drama of this dark period with brave authenticity. — Carol Haggas, Booklist
 
Mones’…ability to juxtapose fictional characters with historical ones gives the novel gravitas. NIGHT IN SHANGHAI is a lean book that brims with details. Think “Noble House” at about a quarter of its length. There isn’t a single misplaced passage. –Robert Anglen, The Republic, Phoenix
 
Keeps the suspense mounting until the end. —Kirkus Review
 
The novel excels in its flamboyant portrayal of Shanghai as a Noah’s Ark of musicians, gamblers, drug addicts, poets, triad members and prostitutes. Page after page…the worlds of the underground and entertainment tango provocatively.—Agnes Bun, Asian Review of Books (full review)
 
Historical fiction fans will not be disappointed. —Library Journal
 
Mones’ meticulous research and a vivid setting make this little known piece of history, populated by real people, come alive. —Statesman-Journal, Salem OR
 
Mones’ beautiful prose and sense of place never loses momentum until the final page and its dramatic surprise ending. —The Chronicle, Toowoomba, Queensland
 
Music jumps from every page; even if the reader doesn’t know quite what it means to flat the 7th, the sound comes through just fine in Thomas Greene’s voice. A touching story and highly recommended. –Historical Novel Society
 
Nicole Mones has managed to seamlessly interlace the stories of African American band leader, Thomas Greene, interpreter and servant, Song Yuhua, and the onslaught of WWII. Having just one of the above mentioned aspects of this epic tale handled with the historical precision, lyrical voice, and descriptive eye of a seasoned storyteller, would be enough to delight any reader. Having all three components, makes for nothing less than a stellar reading experience. –Frishawn Rasheed WTF Are You Reading
 
Mones’ genius lies in her attention for detail… NIGHT IN SHANGHAI is a riveting, entertaining and illuminating look at a moment that has been largely lost from history. –January Magazine
 
With a magician’s sleight of hand, Nicole Mones conjures up the jazz-filled, complex, turbulent world of Shanghai just before World War II.  A rich and thoroughly captivating read. –Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai’s Garden    
 
What an incredible thing Mones does in this novel of the compelling, sexy, rich and complicated world of historical Shanghai.  –Marisa Silver, author of Mary Coin 
 
Real-life historical figures and fictional characters are cleverly intertwined in this gripping story. Shanghai’s seedy underbelly is exposed, and woven into the toe-tapping swing of the big-band era… powerful.   —The West Australian, Perth
 
Consider this novel spring’s guilty pleasure for bookworms. —Virtuoso Magazine 
 
An entertainingly engrossing story of love, life and passion couched in an enlightening, erudite exposé of the nuanced historical events that culminated in World War II. A novel to be savored.. and remembered for a long time.  –June J. McInerney, authorexposure.com
 
Terrific…NIGHT IN SHANGHAI is rich history…a love letter to a city that was changed entirely by the war and the rise of Communism. Recommended. –University City Public Library, Missouri
 
Terrific premise… historical details never bog down the exciting, sexy story of an American pianist falling in love with a Chinese spy. Great stuff! –Gilion Dumas, Rose City Reader
 
Strikes a fine balance between the stories of a believable and attractive set of characters, and the larger forces of economics, politics, race and gender that shape and shake their lives.–Chris Heim, KMUW, Wichita