Published in 2009 by Stead & Daughters, this is a real life murder mystery. Market gardener, Chow Yat, lived on the outskirts of Wanganui in post-WWI New Zealand, a time of rampant xenophobia. On 31 May 1922 this humble, hardworking Chinese man was brutally shot four times. In The Murder of Chow Yat, author, Joan Rosier-Jones, brings this true and intriguing murder story to life. As a "cold case detective" she probes, investigates and scrutinises the facts. With an objective viewpoint and an inquisitive approach she pulls the threads of evidence into a compelling read.
Chow Yat's grave is in Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui. His employer, Kwong Chong For had a headstone made for him in marble, and when the book was first launched, Andersons Memorials cleaned it free-of-charge. It now stands out amongst the older graves and it is interesting to see how many people do honour Chow Yat's memory with flowers.