The Chinese Oxymoron is a mystery novel by Veronica S. Pierce. It was passed on to me by a friend who liked it, and I also liked it. A quick read, it was fun with a variety of characters. The author was born in Memphis, TN, according to the dust jacket. A cursory online search didn't gain me much about this mystery series, the author or this particular book.
also from the dust jacket:
For the reader who loves puzzles, word games, and high-speed chases, suspense, intrigue and never-say-die heroines:
The tall Miss Minikin Small has just inherited a townhouse in Manhattan when a man is murdered in her foyer. Suddenly she's plunged into the middle of an international intrigue that has her dashing through the streets of New York, carrying a priceless del Gesu violin and pursued by hit men and foreign spies. The traditional dilemma of sorting out the good guys and the bad guys becomes a choice between the "bad good guys" and the "good bad guys" in this lighthearted encounter with the forces of darkness.
Veronica S. Pierce writes with flair and a dash of humor to prove her thesis that "things are best perceived by contrast." The contrast is inherent in the oxymoron, and in human character as well.
The photo at the top of the post is from BarnesAndNoble.com.