SG Wong’s Crescent City is a fictionalized, 1930s-era Los Angeles, in an alternate history that re-imagines the west coast of North America as having been colonized by the Chinese. To this, SG Wong adds the elements of ghosts and magic, making them normal parts of everyday life. Not every City dweller is haunted; not everyone can perform magic—but no one’s surprised when it happens.
The novels centre on Lola Starke, a gwai (non-Chinese) PI with a trust fund and a bad attitude toward her Ghost, Aubrey O’Connell. (Why? You’ll have to read the novels to discover that tale.)
The short stories are an expansion on the City and on Lola’s circle of family, friends, and acquaintances.
For the short stories, SG Wong chooses to focus on characters that are involved, or have been mentioned, in at least one of the novels. Lola is always referenced in each of the short stories, though; see if you can figure out where.