The Expats by A.J. Griffiths-Jones

Skeletons in the cupboard series – book 5


In a leafy suburb of Shanghai lives Li Yang: a local employed by various foreign families to take care of their needs.

It’s the turn of the millennium, and China is evolving. At the centre of the dynamic change is the vibrant hub of Shanghai, a melting pot of cultures and businesses; a place of luck, fortune and chance. In awe of the homes in which these strange people live, the housekeeper Li Yang gets to know the families who she’s working with.

What the westerners don’t know is that in addition to her unusual working life, Li Yang has a turbulent home life, with her own son hiding things from her. Something is going on, but Li Yang just can’t seem to work out what it is.

As the clock ticks, will she be able to stop the impending events before she loses the one thing she loves most?


This is a brilliant book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a captivating insight into the lives of a Shanghai family. Initially I was intrigued by the cover and once I started reading there was just no stopping.

I was instantly captivated by the authors writing style. I felt I was reading a true experience although it is a work of fiction… the characterisation throughout was extremely powerful and left me feeling I had really gotten to know this small family.

Can’t wait to read more of this author. Highly recommended.


TITLE: The Expats

AUTHOR: A.J. Griffiths-Jones

PUBLISHER: self-published (Creativia)

PUBLICATION DATE: 16 November 2017

LENGTH: 200 pages


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A.J.Griffiths-Jones was born near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK. She has travelled extensively in her career & has recently returned to England after ten years working as Language Training Manager for a prominent bank in Shanghai. A.J. has studied genealogy for many years and has a special interest in the world of a Victorian crime. After studying the life & crimes of Dr.Thomas Neill Cream,for many years, ‘Prisoner 4374’ is her debut book. She is currently working on a second Jack the Ripper-related book, together with a series of novels.


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